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German firms put forward proposal to rebuild Beirut port

Apr. 09, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives of several German companies on Friday outlined a multi-billion-dollar plan to rebuild the port of Beirut and surrounding neighborhoods that had been devastated by a massive explosion last year. The horrific Aug. 4 explosion of nearly 3,000...

Loud debates, fun banter: Mideast finds outlet in Clubhouse

Apr. 09, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — They are boisterous, argumentative and at times downright hilarious. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Arab world are turning to Clubhouse, the fast-growing audio chat app, to mock and vent against longtime rulers, debate sensitive issues from...

Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

Apr. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging observed their second annual...

US offers $10 million reward for info on Hezbollah operative

Mar. 29, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information on a Hezbollah operative who was convicted last year in the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri. The State Department said the reward will be given to...

Radioactive material found inside oil facility in Lebanon

Mar. 26, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A German company has found dangerous nuclear material stored in an oil facility in southern Lebanon, officials said Friday. The material has been stored at the Zahrani Oil Installation that is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Beirut, according to a...

Syria to send Lebanon emergency oxygen supply for hospitals

Mar. 24, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The government of war-torn Syria said Wednesday it will send emergency oxygen supplies to neighboring Lebanon, which has experienced shortages amid a surge of coronavirus infections in both countries. The gesture comes as the health care sectors of the...

Cabinet talks in Lebanon break down, heralding more collapse

Mar. 22, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters blocked some roads in the Lebanese capital with burning tires Monday after talks on the formation of a new Cabinet broke down, heralding more economic and financial collapse for the small Arab country. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri made...

Women mark Mothers' Day in Beirut with march to damaged port

Mar. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of women, including mothers who lost their children in the massive Beirut explosion last year marched to the still-damaged scene of the blast on Saturday to mark Mothers' Day. Some of the women, many of whom were wearing black, carried banners...

Lebanese are gripped by worry as economic meltdown speeds up

Mar. 19, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shops closing, companies going bankrupt and pharmacies with shelves emptying — in Lebanon these days, fistfights erupt in supermarkets as shoppers scramble to get to subsidized powdered milk, rice and cooking oil. Like almost every other Lebanese,...

Lebanese PM-designate: Cabinet needed to restore trust, hope

Mar. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate said Thursday that a government that could restart talks with the International Monetary Fund would be the main way to halt the country’s rapid economic collapse, adding there was still opportunity to form such a Cabinet. ...