Beirut residents ‘very upset’ by Paris’s Notre-Dame fire

Lebanese Christians in Beirut voice sadness and dismay after a fire tore through Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and led the spire and much of the vaulted roof to collapse.

Lebanon’s winter storm floods Beirut houses

Several houses in the southern suburbs of Beirut have been ravaged by a winter storm battering Lebanon in recent days, washing away dozens of fishing boats.

‘Yellow vests’ in Beirut: Lebanese protest against corruption

Hundreds of Lebanese take to the streets in Beirut to protest rampant corruption and poor living conditions, with some wearing yellow vests in reference to the protest movement in France, as anger mounts over political deadlock that has left the country without a government since May.

Carlos Ghosn posters appear in Beirut

Advertising posters featuring Carlos Ghosn appear in the streets of Beirut under the slogan “We are all Carlos Ghosn”. Nissan’s former CEO, who has been in police custody in Japan since November 19th, remains a prominent figure in the business world in Lebanon, where he spent his youth and is a national.

Beirut switches on its Christmas lights

There are fireworks, carols and plenty of festive spirit as officials in downtown Beirut turn on Lebanon’s Christmas lights.

Dresses made with chocolate grace the catwalk in Lebanon

Models grace the catwalk in Beirut wearing the creations of thirteen Lebanese designers and thirteen pastry chefs who have joined forces to create dresses made with chocolate, at the 5th “Salon du Chocolat” (chocolate fair) organised in the Lebanese capital.

From Beirut to Babila, Syrian refugee family returns home

Rawad Kurdi is among several thousand Syrians making an emotional journey home from Lebanon, where they sought safety from the war that has ravaged their native country since 2011. Worn down by tough economic conditions in Lebanon and seeing regime victories back home as bringing stability, they have taken advantage of return trips coordinated by Lebanese and Syrian authorities.

Inflatable artwork morphs Donald Trump with a tank in Beirut

A float morphing Donald Trump with an armored tank and various pop portraits of international leaders, made by an anonymous artists calling himself Saint Hoax, are exhibited in a famous building in ruins dating back to the Lebanese civil war in downtown Beirut.

In Lebanon, Russia uses softer touch to win influence

A Russian Lebanese Cultural Center opens in the town of Aley, on the outskirts of Beirut, giving Russian and ballet classes to children in an attempt to develop Russian roots in Lebanon.

Activists protest in Beirut to defend freedom of speech

Activists gathered in downtown Beirut protest against a recent wave of interrogations by Lebanese security forces of people making political comments on social media.