Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon, and also its largest metropolis and main seaport. It is one of the oldest cities in the world.
Situated on the Mediterranean at the midway point of Lebanon's coastline, Beirut is the country's seat of government and major economic center. It has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years, and is sometimes nicknamed the "Paris of the East." Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Beirut.
Beirut in Lebanon is a cultural hub in the Middle East, though nothing much happens outside the capital. But that could be about to change: a young actor based in the south of the country has decided to transform old abandoned cinemas into cultural hubs, where young people can study drama and watch films for free.
We go to the world's first refugee camp that's powered by solar energy - some refugees helped build the plant! We also hear how Beirut's LGBT community is doing after they've received threats for putting on the first gay pride event in the Arab world. And have you tried camel milk? We also talk about how Australia's First Nations people are faring today.
Last week, Lebanon's capital Beirut hosted the first gay pride festival in the Arab world. However, some of the events of the one-week long festival aimed at ending discrimination against the LGBT community didn't go ahead as planned - some events were canceled after threats by Islamists.
France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has held talks in Beirut with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun. Back in France, a new poll has shown that the populist has narrowed the gap in the presidential race.
Lebanon is the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East. But from 1975 to 1990, Christians and Muslims fought a civil war. And today, the country fears so-called ISIS will bring its extremism and violence over its border with Syria. But two men – one Christian, one Muslim – have found a bridge over Lebanon’s old religious divide: the Virgin Mary.
Martine Najem, public health expert from the American University in Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, just attended the World Humanitarin summit. The AUB helps to improve aid effiency for the more than one million Syrian refugees that have fled to Lebanon. Najem told DW how the summit affects her own work and why it's important to include older people better in humanitarian response measures.