Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam -researchers

By Eric AuchardFRANKFURT, Jan 18 : Lebanon’s intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say. Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security (GDGS) has run more than 10 campaigns since at […]

Major powers to push Saudis, Iran to stop interfering in Lebanon

By John Irish PARIS, Dec 8 : Major powers will try to shore up Lebanon’s stability on Friday by pushing Saudi Arabia and Iran to stop interfering in its politics, and urging Hezbollah to rein in its regional activities, diplomats said. Lebanon plunged into crisis on Nov. 4 when Saad al-Hariri resigned as prime minister […]

Lebanon’s PM Hariri shelves resignation, easing crisis

By Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Nov 22 : Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions in the Middle East. Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut for the first time since he […]

Lebanon’s Hezbollah denies sending weapons to Yemen

By Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Nov 20 : The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Monday his Iran-backed group had not sent any weapons to Yemen and denied that it was behind the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh from Yemeni territory held by Tehran-allied Houthi forces. In a televised address, Sayyed […]

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran, Hezbollah meddling

By Patrick Markey and Mohamed Abdellah CAIRO, Nov 19 : Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticised Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian interference. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and […]

Lebanese president hopes Hariri visit to France will end crisis

By Sarah Dadouch and John Irish BEIRUT/PARIS, Nov 16 : Lebanon’s president said on Thursday he hoped the crisis over Saad al-Hariri’s resignation as prime minister and stay in Saudi Arabia would soon end with Hariri visiting France. On Wednesday France invited Hariri and his family to Paris, providing what French diplomats have described as […]