Banks To Close Until the 29th of March

The Association of Banks in Lebanon went against the government's decision and decided to close all banks until the 29th of March in light of the COVID19 crisis. The decision was taken according to ABL to ensure the safety of employees, clients and their families. Banks will continue to replenish fully their ATMs and ITMs , and will perform all operations related to payroll processing, urgent transfers of funds, or issuance of cards. I am…

Lebanon COVID19 Lockdown Leaves Streets Deserted

As the number of coronavirus cases surpassed 100 today, Lebanese have opted to stay home and leave the streets deserted. In the mean time, the government is expected to declare a national emergency today as they convene at Baabda Palace. Here are few pictures taken in several areas. Credits to Nabil Ismail, Mohamad Najem & AFP. The past time streets were that empty was during the 2006 war. Photo Credits: Mohamad Najem
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What Happened on the MEA Riyadh-Beirut Flight?

3 weeks ago
A video was circulating earlier today showing a brawl on the Mea flight coming from Riyadh. First rumors spread that some passengers were removing their masks and jokingly coughing at others but that’s not true. ...
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Energy Ministry Sets Fixed Gas Prices Despite Worldwide Drop

3 weeks ago
Oil prices are crashing worldwide due to the coronavirus spread and after Saudi Arabia launched an oil price war against Russia. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were down 22%, last trading at $35.45 ...
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COVID-19: We Need to Change Our Behavior To Avoid An Emergency Lockdown

3 weeks ago
“Cancel Everything: Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus.We must start immediately“. That was the title of one of the coronavirus-related articles on The Atlantic today and it’s hard to disagree with ...
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Ministry of Public Health First COVID-19 Bulletin is Out

3 weeks ago
The Ministry of Public Health shared its first National Epidemiological Surveillance Program Bulletin on COVID-19 as of March 8th and it contains some insights on the spread of this virus in Lebanon. – 32 cases ...
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Lebanon to Default on its Payment For the First Time Ever

4 weeks ago
It’s official, PM Hassan Diab has announced today that Lebanon is unable to pay its foreign currency loans and will default on its sovereign debt ($1.2bn Eurobond due on 9 March) for the first time ...
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Fighting Corruption: Ten Cases We Can Start With

4 weeks ago
Lebanon’s revolution against corruption continues and the long awaited judicial appointments “might” be a step in the right direction if no political interference takes place. An independent judiciary committee and a capable judiciary system have ...
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Financial Public Prosecutor Freezes Assets of Lebanese Banks’ Heads

1 month ago
Update: State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat has suspended a ruling by Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim on freezing the assets of 20 banks, TV networks said. Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim has put a “prevention of disposal” signal ...
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Can We leave Mar Charbel Out of The COVID-1 Epidemic Please?

1 month ago
The coronavirus has been making headlines for the past two weeks now in Lebanon, cancelling schools and disrupting travel. Yesterday, a young lady showed up at the Rafik Hariri hospital claiming that Mar Charbel appeared ...
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