Sectarian and sexual violence is rising in Syria and human-rights abuses are continuing as neighborhoods are shelled, towns are besieged, the currency loses value and infrastructure is destroyed, United Nations humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos said today.
Lebanon delayed its first auction of exploration licenses for offshore oil and natural gas after the government failed to vote on decrees needed to start the bidding process, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said.
Lebanese billionaire Najib Mikati built his fortune by investing in telephone networks as civil war raged. Now, as the country’s next prime minister, he may need his talent for connecting people to avoid further conflict.
The Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement and its allies will nominate former Prime Minister Najib Mikati , a billionaire businessman, to head Lebanon’s next government after they toppled the coalition led by Saad Hariri .
Lebanese lawmakers backed Najib Mikati , the billionaire businessman nominated as prime minister by Hezbollah and its allies, to form a government as supporters of rival parties took to the streets in protest.
Lebanese opposition leaders said the new cabinet formed by billionaire Najib Mikati may exacerbate tensions between followers of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri , and Hezbollah and its allies who now dominate the government.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Hezbollah-backed billionaire, dissolved his two-year- old administration as spillover from Syria’s civil war threatens to further destabilize the Middle Eastern nation.
Supporters of Lebanon’s opposition March 14 coalition clashed with police following the funeral of an assassinated security official as they held a “Day of Rage” protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.