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Pope says he's on sainthood 'waiting list'

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Pope Francis joked Saturday that he is on the "waiting list" for sainthood, along with his retired predecessor Benedict XVI.

U.S. funding cuts to UNRWA threaten projects in Lebanon

The United States’ decision earlier this year to cut tens of millions of dollars of aid money to the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency has left UNRWA a sinking ship, facing what the agency’s head Pierre Krahenbuhl described as the most…

Ain al-Hilweh shooter handed over to Lebanese Army

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Palestinian National Security Forces in the southern Ai al-Hilweh Palestinian camp Saturday handed a man who shot into the air recently to the Lebanese Army Intelligence.

Syrian state media: 'infiltrator' from Lebanon killed

One man was killed and another wounded earlier in the week in a clash near a known smuggling route in the northern district of Akkar, the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday.

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Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

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The state news agency Petra reports that Jordan's military says it has foiled a plot to smuggle in weapons, drugs and terrorists by using an old pipeline linking the kingdom with Syria and Iraq.

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Southampton pile on misery for West Brom in FA Cup

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Misfortune comes in threes, so the saying goes, and West Bromwich Albion knows it well.

'Screaming Mummy' displayed in Egypt museum

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The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the "Screaming Mummy" of the son of a pharaoh who may have been hanged for plotting his father's murder.

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‘We're ready to defend our land’: Sarraf tells Munich conference

Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf said Saturday Lebanon would not wage a war on Israel, but would defend its sovereignty and land, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

Silva and Di Maria back for PSG after missing Madrid defeat

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Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria were recalled by Paris Saint-Germain Saturday after coach Unai Emery faced criticism for dropping them for the Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

US 'strongly' disagrees with Ethiopia emergency: embassy

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The United States "strongly" disagrees with Ethiopia's decision to impose a state of emergency, the embassy in Addis Ababa said Saturday.

German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car

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Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car.

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Helicopter crashes after Mexican quake; 2 killed

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A military helicopter carrying Mexico's interior secretary and a state governor who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake has crashed in the southern state of Oaxaca, killing two people on the ground.

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Coaching Real Madrid is 'exhausting': Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Moscow: no evidence behind US indictment of Russians for alleged election meddling

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No evidence is behind the U.S. indictment of Russian nationals for alleged election interference and Moscow has given multiple explanations on what Washington called "Russian meddling efforts", RIA news agency cited the Russian…

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Tunisia coastguard rescues 48 migrants from sinking boat

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Tunisia's coastguard has rescued 48 Tunisian migrants whose boat began sinking as they tried to reach Italy by sea, the interior ministry said Saturday.

Iran growing powerful 'network of proxies': US warns

Iran is building and arming an increasingly powerful network of proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq that can turn against the governments of those states, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday.

Iranian President says will adhere to nuclear deal commitments

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday it would adhere to commitments under its 2015 international nuclear agreement, signed with six world powers to limit its disputed nuclear program.

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Man who stole loot worth $1 million arrested

A man suspected of stealing jewelry and high-end watches valued at around $1 million was arrested by Internal Security Forces, a statement reported Saturday.?

Berri nixes new U.S. proposal on maritime border dispute

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri rejected Friday a new U.S. proposal to resolve a maritime border dispute with Israel, casting gloom over an American mediation effort in the long-simmering rift over oil Block 9 in Lebanese territorial waters.

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Suicide blasts kill 19 in northeast Nigeria: civilian militia

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hree suicide bombers killed 19 people at a fish market in Konduga, northeast Nigeria, civilian militia leaders said on Saturday, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.

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Hundreds of Russian casualties in Syria battle

About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Nasrallah: Israel has launched a war on Lebanon's rights

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday opened a televised speech commemorating Imad Mughniyeh, the party’s former military commander who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008, by celebrating what he said were the party’s…

Satterfield meets Berri, Hariri, Bassil after Tillerson visit

United States Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield Friday met separately with Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex…

Two Swiss freestyle skiers contract norovirus: Swiss team

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Two Swiss freestyle skiers have contracted the norovirus, the Swiss team said on Friday, becoming the first confirmed cases among athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Thursday, Feb 15

Trapped by system, Ethiopian workers see no hope of freedom

It was Betty’s 22nd birthday when she landed in Beirut from Ethiopia with the promise of a well-paid job, but her dream of a better life ended when she found herself at the mercy of her employers.

Aoun and Hariri urge economic reforms

President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday said it was necessary for Lebanon to make economic reforms and endorse the 2018 draft state budget ahead of three donor conferences to be held in the coming months.

Tillerson offers new dispute resolution proposals: Aoun

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Thursday presented new ideas for a solution to the border dispute between Lebanon and Israel after a previous proposal was roundly rejected by Lebanese officials.

Israel dispute focus of Tillerson meet with Lebanon top leaders

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Thursday discussed bilateral ties and American support for Lebanon during his meetings with the country's senior officials.

Wednesday, Feb 14

Saudi Arabia seeks to further reduce oil stockpiles

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Riyadh, Feb 14, 2018 (AFP) - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will further trim oil production and exports next month to reduce excess stockpiles that have weighed on crude prices, as concerns mount over US oversupply.

Libya's supreme court blocks legal challenges to draft constitution

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Libya's supreme court blocked legal challenges from lower courts to a draft constitution Wednesday, paving the way for a possible referendum on the document and a move towards elections, a lawyer who helped draft the text said.

Verdict expected in 1st trial linked to 2015 Paris attacks

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A French court is expected to hand down a verdict Wednesday for a man accused of harboring killers who carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II.

Lovebirds fly off the shelves in Sidon on Valentine's Day

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In his red-drenched gift shop in the southern city of Sidon, Yehya Hobeich adorned birdcages with ribbon, preparing to meet the spike in demand for lovebirds on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.

Tuesday, Feb 13

Poland pledges $10M to assist with refugee crisis

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Poland pledged Tuesday $10 million in support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon in an announcement made by the Polish prime minister’s office.

Rebuilding Lebanon’s Public Corporation for Housing

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Rony Lahoud is a busy man. As head of the Public Corporation for Housing.

What can Tillerson do to help resolve maritime dispute?

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Analysts are divided over the potential for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s upcoming visit to Beirut to reap concrete results for Lebanon’s oil and gas sector.

Russian contractors killed by US strike in Syria: Reports

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At least several private Russian military contractors were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, Russian media reported Tuesday in a development that could further inflame Russia-U.S. tensions if officially confirmed.