Saad Hariri, who became prime minister for the second time less than a year ago in a government of national unity, cited the dominance of Lebanon by Iran and its ally Hezbollah and threats to his life as being behind his decision to resign.
Lebanon has the world's largest per-capita concentration of refugees. When Syrian activists planned a demonstration in Beirut to “defend the rights of Syrians in Lebanon,” the authorities slapped a ban on protesting across the board.
Ryan and Noor are best friends. In Lebanon, they are an unlikely match. Ryan belongs to a religious sect called the Druze, and Noor is a Sunni Muslim. With the way things are in this country, kids from different religious groups do not normally hang out, let alone become inseparable friends.
In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language but three: English, French & Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue — and speakers will often drift from one language to the next, mid-sentence.
Travel and tourism has never really been bigger, with people hitting the road to find adventure. But for some, adventure comes with a trip to some place seemingly off-limits: war zones. Companies are marketing war tourism to appeal to a new type of tourist.
Household recycling was virtually unknown in Lebanon until Beirut's trash crisis began last year. That's when the region's only landfill shut down, people started dumping trash wherever they could, and one activist saw an opportunity for people to think differently about their waste.