Report: U.S Mediation in Oil and Border Dispute 'Fails'
February 22, 2018

The United States mediation to solve a dispute between Lebanon and Israel over oil drilling rights and a controversial separation wall “have reportedly failed,” media reports said on Wednesday.

Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield's mediation “has failed in advance because it first requires the consent of both parties, meanwhile Lebanon refuses negotiations with Israel over fears it could be dragged into subsequent"...

Back to Beirut for MEADFA Conference
February 22, 2018
The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) has announced it will host its next conference in Beirut from 19-20 November 2018. The association had initially planned to bring the conference to the Lebanese capital in November 2017, but had to postpone the event at the last minute due to political turmoil. The latest conference ultimately took place at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai in January 2018, with 489 visitors arriving in the UAE for the event. Following this, the association has said it will now make a second attempt to bring the conference to Beirut in the autumn. “A vital hub for the regional business” MEADFA president Haitham Al Majali said: “After the success of the MEADFA Conference in Dubai in January, I am delighted that we will be holding our next conference in Beirut. “While we have faced a number of tough challenges over the past......
Aoun: Lebanon Wants to be a Part of Iraq Reconstruction
February 22, 2018

Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed his country’s desire to be involved in the reconstruction of Iraq, the fight against terrorism, and to boost trade and tourism between the two countries, Iraqi officials told Arab News on Tuesday.

Aoun, who is visiting Iraq for the first time since taking office in Lebanon in 2016, arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday morning accompanied"...

U.S. Mediation On Israel-Lebanon Offshore Oil Dispute Reportedly Failed
February 22, 2018
The U.S. mediation between Lebanon and Israel in a dispute over offshore oil and gas blocks and maritime borders has reportedly failed, Lebanese media reported on Wednesday. David Satterfield, Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, has been shuttling between Israel and Lebanon trying to mediate the dispute, which took another turn for the worse last week after the Hezbollah movement urged Lebanon to remain firm in its dispute with Israel and warned that it could act against Israeli oil facilities if necessary. Lebanon—which shares the Levant Basin in the eastern Mediterranean with Israel, Cyprus, and Syria—has been far behind Israel and Cyprus in exploring and developing its share of resources due to political impasse over the past few years, and a dispute with Israel over Lebanon’s southern maritime border. The Lebanese-Israeli dispute is a long-standing......
Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens
February 22, 2018

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: Municipalities in Gaza announced Wednesday they will pump sewage straight into the sea from the Palestinian coastal enclave due to fuel shortages and the desperate humanitarian situation in the strip.

'The beaches of the Gaza Strip will be completely closed and sewage will be pumped into the sea because the municipalities are unable to provide fuel for treatment plants,' Nizar Hejazi, head of the Gaza City municipality, said.

Hejazi also noted"...

Transformative learning in higher education focus of international conference at AUB
February 22, 2018

The eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education was held at the American University of Beirut (AUB) over two days, bringing together a multidisciplinary group of academics and researchers to discuss innovations in teaching and ways of promoting transformative learning.

This annual conference was co-hosted by three units at AUB: the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of Information Technology, and the Communication Skills Program of the Faculty of"...