It is difficult to escape the grip of religion in Lebanon. The rules that govern marriage, property rights and inheritance are administered by religious courts. Well-to-do secular Lebanese can fly to Cyprus to marry in civil ceremonies. But once back home, if their relationship goes sour, Muslims still have to deal with religious judges, who rule on divorce, alimony and child custody.
Australia’s government confirmed that an Australian had been detained in Iraq after a media report on Wednesday that an ISIS commander suspected of masterminding a plot to blow up an airline flight from Sydney and an Australian relative were captured.
Lebanon has apparently achieved its goal in obtaining an Arab recognition of its “right to resistance,” as stipulated in a statement released after an Arab foreign ministers meeting that was held this week ahead of Sunday’s summit, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.