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FILE - In this Thursday, June 11, 2020, file photo, an anti-government protester chants slogans as others burn wood and barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. In recent weeks, Lebanon has been looking for stronger economic relations with eastern countries including China, Iraq and Russia as western countries and oil-rich gulf states have abstained from helping Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government that is backed by Hezbollah and its allies. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanon looks to China as US, Arabs refuse to help in crisis

Jul. 15, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief. But help from Beijing...

Chander Shekhar, co-owner of Shopno Fashion in New York's Jackson Heights neighborhood, poses for a portrait on June 22, 2020, the first day of New York City's

Small businesses worldwide fight for survival amid pandemic

Jul. 14, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

Hour after hour in the dark, Chander Shekhar’s mind raced ahead to morning. More than three months had dragged by since the coronavirus forced Shekhar to shut down his business — a narrow, second-floor shop racked with vibrantly colored saris, on a block in New York’s Jackson Heights...

An anti-government protester shouts at riot police, near the scene where a Lebanese man killed himself on Beirut's commercial Hamra Street, apparently because of the deteriorating economic and financial crisis in the country, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 3, 2020. The man left a note that reads in Arabic:

IMF calls on Lebanese to unite behind government reform plan

Jul. 13, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Monday urged Lebanese authorities to unite behind a government economic plan that has received a cool reception from the banking sector, saying the country needs a reform program to rescue an economy mired in crisis. Lebanon, one of the most indebted nations...

A woman wearing a face mask exits the Atwood Building, a downtown Anchorage, Alaska, building where many state offices are located on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Municipality of Anchorage on Monday instituted a requirement that most people should wear masks in indoor public settings, but Attorney General Kevin Clarkson sent an email to state employees saying that state buildings within the municipality were exempt from that order. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Jul. 12, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to...

Ghosn says he is aiding those who helped him flee to Lebanon

Jul. 12, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn says he is assisting those who helped him flee from Japan to Lebanon last year but refuses to provide details about the escape, saying such information would endanger them. In an interview aired late Saturday by the pan-Arab Al-Arabiya TV, Ghosn...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

A supporter of a communist group burns representation of U.S. currency, during a protest against U.S. interference in Lebanon's affairs, near the U.S. embassy, in Aukar northeast of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanese hold raucous rally outside US Embassy in Beirut

Jul. 10, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese protesters held a raucous anti-U.S. rally outside the fortified American Embassy in Beirut on Friday, denouncing what they said was Washington's interference in Lebanon's affairs while some chanted in support of the militant Hezbollah group. The crowd, made up of mostly...

Hezbollah supporters scuffle with Lebanese army soldiers while protesting the visit by Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, outside ​​the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese man who financed Hezbollah in US returns home

Jul. 8, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported. Kassim Tajideen was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020 file photo, a cell phone shop owner wears gloves as he counts U.S. dollars, in Beirut, Lebanon. A financial meltdown has thrown its people into a frantic search for dollars as the local currency's value evaporates. Long, raucous lines mass outside exchange bureaus to buy rationed dollars. Many try to rescue their dollars trapped in bank accounts frozen by the government. Purchases of real estate have shot up as Lebanese search for places to save their wealth from spiraling exchange rates. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Hottest commodity in Lebanon's economic chaos: The US dollar

Jul. 8, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lines snaked around the block. Then they swelled to fill the whole street, before they turned into a raucous mob of men shoving to the front of the line. There at the exchange bureau, they could buy rationed dollars, the hottest commodity in Lebanon. The small Mediterranean...

The capital city of Beirut remains in darkness during a power outage, Monday, July 6, 2020. The government in highly indebted Lebanon is in talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure financial assistance. But the talks have been bogged down by political divisions. Poverty and unemployment have been rising, only to be compounded by the economic restrictions imposed in effort to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon's rising power cuts add to gloom of economic crisis

Jul. 7, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese are buying candles in bulk, turning to traditional kerosene lamps and throwing away rotten food because of prolonged power cuts that plunged the country into darkness this week, adding to the gloom of a deepening economic crisis. The country's electricity company and the powerful...