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Lebanon’s UNESCO candidate in eye of storm

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When Lebanese diplomat Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe launched her campaign to be the next director-general of the U.N.’s cultural agency, she ran on a platform of returning credibility and neutrality to the intensely politicized agency.

Learning about the environment as easy as ABC

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At a ceremony for the release of her new environmental children’s book, author Salma Nashabe Talhouk offered signed copies to the younger members of the audience, and cocktails for their parents.

Israel responds after Syrian shell hits Golan: army

Israel responded with tank fire into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights, the army said

Child labor on the rise due to economic situation

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Despite a number of international treaties forbidding child labor, more kids were entering workplaces across Lebanon due to the economic situation of many Lebanese and Syrian families, head of south Lebanon’s chamber of commerce said…

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As U.S. warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too?

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Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

‘La Jota’ an exhilarating tour of dance

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A group of kids walk onstage for a dance class.

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Israeli soldier jailed for manslaughter seeks presidential pardon

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An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant has asked the country's president to pardon him, the presidency said Thursday

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General Security confirms arrest of Israeli spies

General Security officially confirmed Thursday the recent arrest of three people on suspicion of spying for Israel in a statement provided to The Daily Star.

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Relationship with Hariri good: Machnouk

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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk stressed Thursday that his relationship with Prime Minister Saad Hariri is good. Machnouk, who was speaking to local TV channel Al-Jadeed, underscored his commitment to the Future Movement that is led by…

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Aoun to open judicial year in November

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Work is ongoing to establish trust between the state’s institutions and the Lebanese public in order to create a society based on mutual trust, President Michel Aoun said Thursday.

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TSC workers protest outside Kuwaiti Embassy

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Lebanese union members and employees of the Kuwaiti-based company behind TSC supermarkets Thursday protested in front of the Kuwaiti Embassy, a statement from a national labor union federation said.

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PSP chief blasts Zahreddine praise

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Thursday blasted those praising a senior Syrian army commander who was killed the previous day.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes off southern Japan: USGS

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off southern Japan on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Five things to know today

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The Daily Star’s rundown of five stories from Lebanon, the region and the world that you need to know today.

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Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

Kurdish officials said on Thursday thousands of their people had fled Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad

Judges appointed to military courts

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State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud Thursday issued a decree appointing judges to the Military Court of Cassation, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Hariri pays respects to slain intelligence chief

Political figures and security officials Thursday paid homage to slain police intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, five years after his assassination.

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Parliament passes first state budget since 2005

Lawmakers passed the country's first state budget in over a decade Thursday after holding a three-day legislative session headed by Speaker Nabih Berri.

Suspected burglars arrested for Jezzine break-ins

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The Internal Security Forces Thursday announced the arrest of two suspected thieves after a series of attempted burglaries and one successful robbery in Jezzine’s Aishieh.

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Explosion at firecracker factory in India kills 8 workers

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An explosion at an unlicensed firecracker factory killed eight workers and injured 20 other people in eastern India as Hindus celebrated their most popular Diwali festival, police said Thursday.

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Hariri hits back at critics as MPs wrap up budget debate

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday hit back at MPs who criticized his Cabinet’s performance, saying his government was the most productive in recent years, as Parliament wrapped up two days of discussions and prepared to ratify a state…

Valet parking topic ‘closed,’ tourism minister says

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Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian Wednesday refused to comment on reports that he had called for Beirut’s valet parking prices to be raised.

Excavations underway on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border

Bulldozers worked along the Lebanese-Israeli border Wednesday, digging out some areas and cleaning waterways.

Hamas demands that wanted Lebanese leave Ain al-Hilweh

The political committee of the Hamas Movement outside of Palestine called Wednesday for an immediate halt to the construction of a wall around Ain al-Hilweh.

Tuesday, Oct 17

AUB ranked top university in Arab world

The American University of Beirut has earned the number one spot in the QS Arab Region University Ranking of 2017/2018, a statement from AUB said Monday.

Five things to read today

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Sit down and have a read of The Daily Star’s pick of five stories worthy of your attention in the world today.

AUB and LF win lawsuits against Al-Akhbar

Local daily Al-Akhbar was ordered Tuesday to pay LL1,000 to both the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese Forces, after the newspaper was found to have slandered these parties in two separate cases.

Beirut mass shooting leaves 3 dead, 3 injured

A shooting by two teenagers Tuesday morning in the Beirut neighborhood of Zoqaq al-Blat left three dead and three injured, a security source told The Daily Star.

Monday, Oct 16

Aoun appeals to world leaders on Syria refugee crisis

Declaring that Lebanon can no longer cope with the presence of Syrian refugees, President Michel Aoun Monday appealed to the international community for help in securing their safe return to their homeland.

Five things to read today

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Hariri discusses refugee issue with Italian religious body

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday discussed the issue of refugees with the head of the Sant’ Egido Community Marco Impagliazzo in Rome, a statement from Hariri’s media office said.

Israeli jets fly mock raids over south Lebanon

Israeli warplanes Monday night conducted mock raids over south Lebanon, hours after the incident with Syrian air defense, local media said.

Sunday, Oct 15

Innovation a success for Beirut artisans

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In a dark factory tucked beneath the highway in Burj Hammoud, a handful of craftsmen work with ancient tools in a cloud of sawdust.

Khoury calls for more funds from World Bank

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Economy Minister Raed Khoury requested that the World Bank increase their funding to Lebanon during a meeting with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, local media reported Sunday.

Five things to know today

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The Daily Star’s rundown of five stories from Lebanon and the region that you need to know today.

Army says battle for Philippine city to end soon, 1,000 dead

Philippine troops Sunday bombed militants loyal to Daesh (ISIS) who have held out for over four months in a southern city and the military said the conflict would be over "very soon."