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Supporters celebrate during parliamentary elections outside the campaign headquarters of Ghassan Hasbani, Lebanon’s former deputy prime minister and Lebanese Forces’ candidate for the Orthodox seat in the electoral district of Beirut I. Lebanon. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

The parliamentary election on Sunday did not effect the dramatic change Lebanon needs to overcome multiple crises which have brought the country to it(...)

Paula and Michael Loughlin with a portrait of their son, Jimmy, in their Co Sligo kitchen. Photograph: Brian Farrell

It was only a 20-minute drive from Jimmy Loughlin’s home to Sligo town but when he moved there in September 2017, his mother Paula pleaded with him ev(...)

A beggar and her children sit beneath electoral posters under a bridge in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Photograph: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty

Voters are set to go to the polls in Lebanon on Sunday despite pressure for postponement due to threats of violence and shortage of funds for the parl(...)

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese turn out to mourn the one year anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Photograph: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/ Getty

In a dramatic reversal of a decision in August 2020, a UN-backed court in The Hague has overturned the acquittals of two Hizbullah members charged in (...)

Flour mills in Lebanon delivered supplies only to bread bakeries on Monday and Tuesday. File photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

Flour mills in Lebanon delivered supplies only to Arabic bread bakeries on Monday and Tuesday, forcing bakers who make pastries and thyme pizzas to cl(...)

A Lebanese student takes part in an anti-government demonstration in front of the ministry of education in the capital Beirut. Photograph: Anwar Amro/APR/AFP via Getty Images

Lana Noura is only 18 and a first-year computer science student at the prestigious American University in Beirut. But, like many of her classmates, sh(...)

Shahinaz Kassab and Moustafa Mohamad with their children Ahmad (9), Moustafa (10) and Adam (2) at their apartment in Bourj Hammoud in September 2021. The family had just found out that an Irish delegation had returned to complete their interviews

A group of Syrian refugees in Beirut have experienced a two-year delay with their planned resettlement to Ireland due to Covid-19 restrictions and hou(...)

 Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid condemned Russia’s violation of the international order but demurred over sanctions. Photograph: EPA/Yuval Penn

In contrast to Western condemnation of Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, all but a small minority of Middle Eastern leaders have been circumspect. (...)

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri:  ‘We will continue to serve our people, but our decision is to suspend any role in power, politics and parliament.’ Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri has announced his withdrawal from politics and urged his Future Movement party not to run in parliamentary(...)

Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati (R) walks with former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri (L) after their meeting at the Government palace in downtown Beirut. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanon’s cabinet is set to meet on Monday for first time since mid-October with the aim of discussing the 2022 budget while officials resume aid talk(...)

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