Latest Lebanon News

Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

DAMOUR, Lebanon (AP) — Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said. A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds...

The Latest: Turkey says troops captured Syrian border town

Oct. 12, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters (all times local): 11:25 p.m. France is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the U.S.-led...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President...

Emiratis can again travel to Lebanon, after yearslong ban

Oct. 8, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says it will allow its citizens to again go to Lebanon, ending a yearslong ban on travel to the country. It says Emiratis can travel to Beirut from Tuesday. That's according to a statement late Monday night issued by the state-run WAM news agency....

US sanctions squeezing Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

Oct. 4, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab...

Lebanon's central bank secures dollars to cover some imports

Oct. 1, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's central bank issued guarantees Tuesday to secure U.S. dollars for local banks at the fixed official rate that would cover imports of fuel, wheat and medicine, a move aimed at easing the demand for dollars amid a worsening economic crisis. Hours after the statement by the central...

Lebanon central bank chief seeks to ease demand for dollars

Sep. 30, 2019 4:59 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's central bank governor says the bank will secure foreign currency for some imports in a move that is expected to ease the demand for hard currency. Riad Salameh's comments on Monday came a day after hundreds protested in Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon over a worsening economic...

Protests in Lebanon's capital over worsening economic crisis

Sep. 29, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese protested Sunday in the country's capital and other areas over an economic crisis that worsened over the past two weeks, with worries over dollar-reliant Lebanon's local currency losing value for the first time in more than two decades. Lebanon is facing a deep-running...

Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests

Sep. 27, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

HADATH EL-JEBBEH, Lebanon (AP) — Kneeling beneath Lebanon's ancient cedars, Waheeb Humayed peers through a protective visor and waves a metal detector until he hears the tell-tale beep. He clips the grass, pushes a small prodder into the ground and gently sweeps the dirt away with a garden trowel,...