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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...

Lebanon reverses bank decision that caused depositors panic

Jun. 03, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — After public outrage and protests, Lebanon’s Central Bank governor said Thursday that depositors can go back to withdrawing money from their dollar deposits in the local currency at a rate two and half times better than the official one. The decision...

Lebanese leaders exchange barbs as country sinks into crisis

Jun. 02, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president and prime minister-designate traded barbs Wednesday, accusing one another of obstruction, negligence and insolence in a war or words that has for months obstructed the formation of a new government as the country sinks deeper into economic and financial...

Lebanese singer deported from Saudi after 50-day detention

May. 28, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

A prominent Lebanese singer and composer known for his strong opinions said he has been deported from Saudi Arabia after a 50-day detention — mostly in solitary confinement — because of opinions expressed online in support of Lebanon’s president and his ally the Iran-backed Hezbollah. ...

Lebanese acting FM steps down over remarks on Gulf Arabs, IS

May. 19, 2021 05:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s acting foreign minister stepped down on Wednesday amid a diplomatic row with Gulf Arab countries after he suggested in a TV interview this week that they had provided backing to extremists, helping the rise of the Islamic State group. Saudi...

UAE, Saudis summon Lebanon ambassadors over FM's comments

May. 18, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates summoned their Lebanese ambassadors Tuesday to protest televised remarks by Lebanon’s foreign minister, in which he suggested Gulf countries provided backing to extremists. The head of the Gulf Cooperation...

The Latest: Israeli airstrike on Gaza house kills at least 7

May. 14, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the stepped-up fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City has killed at least seven Palestinians. The airstrike...

French FM in Lebanon with tough message for its leaders

May. 06, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — France's foreign minister on Thursday warned Lebanese officials that France would impose additional measures targeting those obstructing the formation of a new government in the crises-hit Mideast nation. Tweeting ahead of his arrival in Beirut, Jean-Yves...

US-mediated border talks between Lebanon, Israel resume

May. 04, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — After a nearly six-month pause, Lebanon and Israel on Tuesday resumed indirect talks with U.S. mediation over their disputed maritime border. Disagreements among the Lebanese leadership over the small country's claims prevailed. The talks ended...

Lebanon requests satellite images for site of Beirut blast

May. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The judge investigating last year’s massive explosion at Beirut’s port on Tuesday requested that countries with satellites stationed over Lebanon provide authorities with images that could help their investigation, the state news agency reported. ...