Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Crocodiles and Voting in India

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Plunging necklines throughout History

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Royal decree on low-cut tops

Read more

DEBATE

Ukraine, The Escalation: No Stopping Putin? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Ukraine, The Escalation: No Stopping Putin?

Read more

FOCUS

Bangladesh: Textile workers' lives still at risk?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

José Bové, Candidate for the EU Commission presidency, Group of the Greens

Read more

WEB NEWS

NYPD's online campaign backfires

Read more

ENCORE!

Celebrating the Bard's birthday in Britain

Read more

Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

FOCUS

FOCUS

Latest update : 2012-11-26

Lebanon's Sunnis flock to Salafist sheikh's banner

In less than a year, Salafist sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir has become one of the most vocal personalities in the Lebanese Sunni community. Deprived of a leader by the prolonged absence of Saad Hariri, and frustrated by the domination of armed Shiite party Hezbollah, the Sunni street is increasingly receptive to the preacher's warlike message. On November 11th, two of his followers were killed in fighting with Hezbollah gunmen. This report is from Sunni stronghold and Lebanon's third city, Sidon.

By Selim EL MEDDEB , Lucy FIELDER

Comments

COMMENT(S)

 
 
Archives

2014-04-24 work

Bangladesh: Textile workers' lives still at risk?

One year on from Bangladesh's worst ever industrial disaster - over 1,100 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed - many people are still waiting for...

Read more

2014-04-23 marijuana

Copenhagen seeks to decriminalise use of cannabis

When it comes to drug gangs, countries like Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador probably spring to mind, but not Denmark. And yet, Copenhagen has a massive organised crime problem,...

Read more

2014-04-22 Vatican

'Pope-mania' hits John Paul II's Polish hometown

Pope Jean Paul II, the first and only Polish pope, who worked hard to bring an end to communism, will soon be canonised as a saint. In Poland, where more than 80% of the...

Read more

2014-04-21 USA

Romania strengthens military cooperation with the US

The US decision to send more Marines to Romania dates back to late last year. But now, joint military exercises between the two countries have a more urgent feel with Russian...

Read more

2014-04-18 unemployment

Bosnia: Hopes of change among disempowered citizens

The war may have ended almost 20 years ago, but today Bosnia is going through a different kind of crisis: a political one. Major protests broke out in the city of Tuzla in...

Read more