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Lebanese president wants to resume bailout talks with IMF

Sep. 13, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new government held its first meeting Monday with a call by the president to resume talks with the International Monetary Fund to help kick-start its recovery from one of the world's worst economic crises in more than a century. The 24-member...

Lebanon's new PM pledges to stabilize economic meltdown

Sep. 10, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new prime minister pledged Friday to gain control of one of the world’s worst economic meltdowns, saying lifting subsidies was a critical priority for the small country’s government formed after a year of political stalemate. It is a...

Hezbollah says Iranian fuel tanker to sail to Lebanon soon

Aug. 19, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said Thursday that an Iranian fuel tanker will sail toward Lebanon “within hours,” warning Israel and the United States not to intercept it. The delivery, organized by the Iran-backed Hezbollah, would...

Officials meet as fuel shortage, power cuts paralyze Lebanon

Aug. 13, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Severe fuel shortages and wide power cuts have paralyzed tiny Lebanon, with some businesses temporarily closing down on Friday as top security officials met to discuss the situation. Lebanon has for decades suffered electricity cuts, partly because of...

Israel launches airstrikes on Lebanon in response to rockets

Aug. 05, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday escalated its response to rocket attacks the previous day from Lebanon by launching rare airstrikes on its northern neighbor, the army and Lebanese officials said. A statement from the Israeli military said jets struck the...

After Beirut blast, winning justice becomes a life's mission

Aug. 03, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — After the massive explosion at Beirut’s port a year ago, only a small part of Ibrahim Hoteit’s younger brother was identified: his scalp. Hoteit buried his brother — a large man, a firefighter, a martial arts champion — in a container the size of a shoebox. ...

Rights group: Lebanese officials failed to protect residents

Aug. 03, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Senior Lebanese officials knew of the risks posed by the highly explosive material stored for years at Beirut’s port and did nothing to protect the public against it, an international human rights group said Tuesday. In a report on last year's massive...

'No magic wand:' Lebanon's new PM-designate urges unity

Jul. 26, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati on Monday urged unity to begin recovery from a devastating economic and financial meltdown roiling the country. He said he will strive to form a new government but the situation is too dire to overcome with the...

Syria accuses Israel of carrying out strike, 2nd this week

Jul. 22, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in a central province early on Thursday, the second such attack this week. The aerial attack caused material damage, it said. The country's state news agency quoted an unidentified Syrian military...

Riots in Lebanon as West calls for quick Cabinet formation

Jul. 16, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Tension intensified in Lebanon on Friday, with riots leaving more than two dozen people injured in the northern city of Tripoli, including five soldiers who were attacked with a hand grenade. France, the European Union and the United States in the meantime...