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Judge orders release of 7 detained over Lebanon port blast

Jun. 23, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese prosecutor Wednesday ordered the release of seven people who were detained after last year’s deadly massive blast at Beirut’s port, state media reported. The decision by Ghassan Khoury came a day after the Lebanese judge leading the...

In times of crises, Lebanon's old must fend for themselves

Jun. 22, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Tiny and bowed by age, Marie Orfali makes the trip five times a week from her Beirut apartment to the local church, a charity and a nearby soup kitchen to fetch a cooked meal for her and her 84-year-old husband, Raymond. Their only support — Raymond’s...

Diplomats: Progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks

Jun. 20, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Top diplomats said Sunday that further progress had been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was abandoned by the Trump administration. They said it was now up to the governments...

EU diplomat: mistrust at core of Lebanon political crisis

Jun. 20, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A struggle for power and strong mistrust is at the heart of the fight between Lebanese political leaders and the deadlock over government formation, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said Sunday. “It is clear a fight for the distribution of...

EU threatens Lebanese politicians with sanctions over crisis

Jun. 19, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief Saturday berated Lebanese politicians for delays in forming a new Cabinet, warning the union could impose sanctions on those behind the political stalemate in the crisis-hit country. Josep Borrell made his...

Lebanon workers stage ​general strike over escalating crises

Jun. 17, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shops, government offices, businesses and banks shuttered their doors in Lebanon on Thursday, as part of a general strike to protest deteriorating economic conditions and press for a government to deal with the worsening political and economic crises. The...

Rights groups urge UN probe mission for Beirut port blast

Jun. 15, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of international and regional rights groups on Tuesday urged member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mission into last year’s massive deadly blast at Beirut’s port. Human Rights Watch said the call was made...

Lebanon's currency reaches new low as crisis deepens

Jun. 13, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s currency hit a new low on Sunday, as the country's economic and political crisis worsened with no apparent solutions in the near future. The currency has lost more than 90% of its value since October 2019, when anti-government protests erupted....

Pharmacies close doors over shortages in crises-hit Lebanon

Jun. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Pharmacies across Lebanon shuttered their doors on Friday to protest severe shortages of medicines as motorists lined up for hours outside gas stations since the crack of dawn. The two-day strike called by pharmacists over lack of supplies, including...

No more kidney dialysis? Lebanese hospitals issue warning

Jun. 10, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in Lebanon warned Thursday they may be forced to suspend kidney dialysis next week due to severe shortages in supplies, the latest in Lebanon’s accelerating crises and collapsing health sector. Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented...