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Lebanese reformist, another lawmaker lose parliament seats

Nov. 24, 2022 09:14 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Two newly elected Lebanese lawmakers, including an activist who had pledged to fight corruption, lost their parliament seats on Thursday following an appeals process before the country's constitutional council. Ramy Finge, a dentist and pro-democracy activist from...

Amid crisis, Hezbollah seeks ally in next Lebanese president

Nov. 11, 2022 12:04 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said Friday he wants the next Lebanese president to be a politician who won’t “betray” the Iran-backed faction and assailed the United States for what he described as an undeclared “siege" on his country. ...

US to give Lebanon $80.5 million in aid amid economic crisis

Nov. 09, 2022 14:15 PM EST

MAJDAL ANJAR, Lebanon (AP) — The United States announced Wednesday that it will give $80.5 million in aid for food assistance and solar-powered water pumping stations in the crisis-battered country of Lebanon. The announcement was made by USAID chief Samantha Power during a visit...

Pope appeals for Lebanon leaders to put interests aside

Nov. 06, 2022 12:07 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis appealed Sunday for Lebanon’s politicians to put their personal interests aside and agree on a path to help the country emerge from years of economic meltdown and a new political vacuum. “Lebanon now is suffering,” Francis said when...

Lebanese president snubs budget, delays new exchange rate

Nov. 03, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is unable to put its new exchange rate into effect after its outgoing president declared the state budget unconstitutional and refused to sign off on it, officials said Thursday. The Finance Ministry in late September announced that Lebanon would change its...

Lebanon president leaves with no replacement, crisis deepens

Oct. 30, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Michel Aoun left Lebanon's presidential palace Sunday, marking the end of his six-year term without a replacement, leaving the small nation in a political vacuum that is likely to worsen its historic economic meltdown. As Aoun’s term ends, the country is...

Lebanon and Israel sign sea border deal

Oct. 27, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon and Israel signed copies of a U.S.-mediated sea border deal on Thursday and delivered them to the U.N. in the coastal border town of Naqoura. The agreement to demarcate the maritime border comes after months of indirect talks mediated by Amos Hochstein, the...

Lebanon approves some banking law changes demanded by IMF

Oct. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament late Tuesday approved some amendments to a banking secrecy law that has been a key demand of the International Monetary Fund before it agrees to a bailout program amid the country’s economic meltdown. Despite the changes, legal advocacy groups...

Lebanese MP: Ukraine war sped up border deal with Israel

Oct. 17, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The war in Ukraine and rising demand for natural gas around the world helped speed up a U.S.-mediated maritime border deal between Lebanon and Israel, a prominent Lebanese legislator allied with the militant Hezbollah group said Monday. The agreement is expected to help bring...

French minister urges Lebanon to swiftly elect new president

Oct. 14, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna on Friday urged Lebanon to swiftly elect a new president or risk plunging the poverty-stricken country into a deeper political crisis. Colonna's remarks in Beirut came after Lebanon's divided parliament twice failed to elect a...