Saad Hariri, who became Lebanon's prime minister less than a year ago, sparked a national crisis when he resigned on Nov. 4 in a televised address from Saudi Arabia. Then he was not heard from for days.
In the Muslim-majority Middle East however, alcohol is shunned by many for religious reasons, leaving smaller markets that are often dominated by a single standard beer. In Lebanon, however, a new industry is growing.
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.
Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says politicians from both sides of the aisle are not taking seriously enough their duty to ensure they're not turning their government role into an opportunity to make a buck.
Over 600 people including ISIS fighters and their families were escorted from the Lebanon border by Syrian government forces. That angered the US, which launched airstrikes to block their path to a town near Iraq.
Hezbollah organized a rare trip for international journalists so it could boast victories on the Lebanon-Syria border in the fight against extremist militants — and to send a message to the American president.
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.
This week Lebanese military courts began trying members of what's known as the "Net of 13,ï¿½ the group is suspected of involvement in the February 2005 blast that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
Bill Gates is officially stepping down as head of Microsoft today to devote himself full-time to his work as a philanthropist, but first we get some snapshots from around the world of what the people think of when they hear the name Bill Gates.
Beirut has suffered its fair share of violence and terrorism, and now a restaurant owner in the Lebanese capital is trying to cash in on that past; his establishment is called "Buns and Guns,ï¿½ as The World's Aaron Schachter reports.
The World's Aaron Schachter reports on a new road in south Lebanon that was paid for by Iran and which links Hezbollah strongholds in south Lebanon, and there's speculation that it may be a supply route for re-arming the Shiite militant group.
Israel has released five Lebanese prisoners in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, and while many in Israel welcome the decision to bring their dead home, others worry what kind of precedent it's setting
Israel also returned the bodies of nearly 200 Lebanese and Palestinian militants as part of its prisoner swap with Hezbollah today, and The World's Aaron Schachter looks at what today's prisoner exchange means for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
In the U.S., old battlefields are often popular tourist attractions, but in Lebanon, visitors also flock to war memorials -- but these are places where the battles are more recent -- and where emotions remain fresh, as The World's Aaron Schachter reports.