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Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote after power cut delay

Sep. 20, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new Cabinet won a vote of confidence from Parliament on Monday during a session that was delayed for almost an hour because of a power outage and broken generator at the venue. The electricity outage underscored the multiple crises roiling the...

WHO director: Lebanon's brain drain threat to health sector

Sep. 17, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The World Health Organization’s director general on Friday expressed deep concern about the impact of Lebanon’s economic meltdown and multiple crises on the wellbeing of the nation, and said the brain drain among the country's health workers is particularly worrisome. ...

Judge seeks arrest of ex-minister charged in Beirut blast

Sep. 16, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lead judge investigating Lebanon’s massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for a former minister who failed to appear for questioning, the state-run National News agency reported. It was the first such warrant in the...

Lebanon's ex-PM leaves to US despite subpoena for port blast

Sep. 14, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former prime minister left the country for the United States on Tuesday, his advisor said, despite a subpoena from the judge investigating last year’s devastating explosion at Beirut port. Hassan Diab was the country’s prime minister when...

Lebanese cancer patients face frantic search for medication

Sep. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

QLEIAT, Lebanon (AP) — Saydi Mubarak and her mother share a bond that goes beyond a close mother-daughter relationship: They were both diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and underwent months of chemotherapy at a Beirut hospital, together facing the anxiety, the hair loss and the...

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...

Lebanon to start paying cash aid to poor families next month

Sep. 09, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s government said Thursday it will start paying cash assistance next month to hundreds of thousands of poor families - in U.S. dollars - as the small nation sinks deeper into its economic crisis. Some 500,000 families will start receiving $20 a...

Worshippers pray at gas station in Lebanon amid fuel crisis

Sep. 03, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

JIYEH, Lebanon (AP) — Dozens of worshippers knelt in prayer Friday at the center of hundreds of cars and unruly motorists surrounding a gas station south of Beirut. Sheikh Ali al-Hussein led the session to highlight the hardship suffered by people who could not leave...

US senators warn against Iranian fuel shipments to Lebanon

Sep. 01, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A delegation of four U.S. senators said Wednesday that America is looking to help Lebanon overcome fuel shortages that have paralyzed the country. But they warned the import of Iranian oil into the crisis-hit country could have “severely damaging consequences.” ...