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  • US sanctions Hezbollah-aligned Lebanon politicians

    BEIRUT – The United States blacklisted two former Lebanese ministers, described as “Hezbollah enablers” on Tuesday, marking its first round of anticipated sanctions since an explosion at Beirut port killed more than 200 people. “Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets…
  • In Lebanon, Maronite patriarch confronts Hezbollah

    In mid-July, the head of the Maronite Christian Church in Lebanon paid what appeared to be a routine courtesy visit to the country’s president, Michel Aoun. In fact, Patriarch Bechara al-Rai had a much bigger purpose in mind: to restore Lebanon’s policy of regional neutrality…
  • UN-backed tribunal says no direct proof Hezbollah murdered Hariri

    BEIRUT – There is no direct evidence that Hezbollah or the allied Syrian government was responsible for ordering the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an international tribunal in the Netherlands found on Tuesday. The verdict announcement in the UN-backed tribunal is…