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Three airplanes were damaged as Lebanese revellers celebrated the arrival of 2021.

Stray bullets from such gunfire are a source of constant worry across the country, but Lebanese authorities have struggled to stamp out the often deadly tradition.

Hariri's comeback met with scorn and apathy in Lebanon

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

Hariri's comeback met with scorn and apathy in Lebanon

In-depth: Saad Hariri is back by unpopular demand after winning the backing of a narrow majority, almost exactly a year after he resigned amidst an unprecedented civil uprising.

No new corona cases in Lebanon in 24 hours

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No new corona cases in Lebanon in 24 hours

Lebanon has not reported any new coronavirus cases in one day, as lockdown measures keep people in their homes.

Lebanon preparing for mass prisoner release amid coronavirus pandemic

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Lebanon preparing for mass prisoner release amid coronavirus pandemic

Lebanese lawmakers will vote on long-awaited legislation that could see the release of thousands of prisoners amid the ongoing coronavirus ...

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Top Shia cleric Sistani endorses Iraq protests

Iraq's Shia spiritual leader has urged the country's government to heed the demands of protesters and 'change its approach'.

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Oman bans tribal gatherings and warns against celebratory gunfire

Oman has issued a statement banning tribal gatherings in the sultanate, saying they threaten the stability of the country.

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'No New Year celebratory gunfire,' Lebanese police warn revelers

Lebanese police say they will crackdown hard on anyone firing into the air during New Year, following a number of accidental deaths caused by ...

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Egyptian groom gets shot in genitals by celebratory gunfire

An Egyptian man's stag-do ended in disaster when a friend accidentally shot him in his genitals and fled the scene.

Behind the story: On the Kurdish frontlines

Yomi Kleinmann

Behind the story: On the Kurdish frontlines

Reporter's diary: Working in northern Iraq to report on the takeover of Kirkuk is a story worth telling in itself.

Yomi Kleinmann

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

After capturing the city of Kirkul, Iraqi government fighters are driving deeper into Kurdish territory and look poised to make a grab for the ...

As Iranian proxy seizes Kirkuk, where is America?

Yomi Kleinmann

As Iranian proxy seizes Kirkuk, where is America?

In-depth: An eyewitness account of the Kurdish collapse at Kirkuk, as the Iraqi government and Iran-backed militias reclaim the city for ...

Lebanon continues to get tough on <em>celebratory</em> <em>gunfire</em>

Robert Cusack

Lebanon continues to get tough on celebratory gunfire

The laws over celebratory gunfire - which has led to a number of accidental deaths in Lebanon - changed last year following ...

India arrests 15 Muslims for celebrating Pakistan's cricket win

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India arrests 15 Muslims for celebrating Pakistan's cricket win

Police in central India have arrested 15 Muslim men and charged them with sedition for celebrating Pakistan's victory over India in the ...

Assad says Erdogan using coup to implement 'extremist agenda'

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Assad says Erdogan using coup to implement 'extremist agenda'

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied involvement in Friday's coup attempt in Turkey, but said President Erdogan was using the ...

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Lebanon's tradition of celebratory gunshots comes under fire

The deadly practice celebratory gunfire in Lebanon has attracted fresh scrutiny and police attention following a spate of deaths and serious injuries in incidents involving indiscriminate gunfire.

Karim Traboulsi

Brace yourselves: official exam results are coming in Jordan

Jordanian high school students prepare to celebrate the long-awaited results of official exams, amidst concerns about safety incidents that can ...

Karim Traboulsi

The deadly 'happy gunfire' in the Arab world

Celebratory gunfire in the Arab world is dangerous and can be the source of political and social tension, writes Karim ...

Libya: Chaos deepens as parliament rejects court ruling

Libya's elected parliament rejected a court ruling nullifying it, amid fears that the move would plunge the country into further violent chaos.

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