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Judge orders release of 6 detained over Lebanon port blast

Apr. 15, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese judge leading the investigation into last year’s massive blast at Beirut’s port on Thursday ordered the release of six people, including security officers, who had been detained for months, state news agency reported. It was not...

US warns of punitive actions for Lebanese blocking reforms

Apr. 15, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official warned Thursday that Lebanese politicians who continue to block reforms in the crisis-hit country could face punitive actions by Washington and its allies. U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs David Hale did not...

US urges Lebanese leaders to break political impasse

Apr. 14, 2021 08:00 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Wednesday berated Lebanese politicians for fighting over the formation of a new government for months while millions endure mounting economic hardship. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, said America...

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

Apr. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again. Last year, the coronavirus upended the 68-year-old Egyptian’s routine of going to the...

Lebanon extends area claimed in border dispute with Israel

Apr. 12, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing minister of public works said Monday that he has signed a decree that would increase the area claimed by the Mediterranean country in a maritime border dispute with Israel. Public Works Minister Michel Najjar told reporters that he has...

German firms put forward proposal to rebuild Beirut port

Apr. 09, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives of several German companies on Friday outlined a multi-billion-dollar plan to rebuild the port of Beirut and surrounding neighborhoods that had been devastated by a massive explosion last year. The horrific Aug. 4 explosion of nearly 3,000...

Loud debates, fun banter: Mideast finds outlet in Clubhouse

Apr. 09, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — They are boisterous, argumentative and at times downright hilarious. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Arab world are turning to Clubhouse, the fast-growing audio chat app, to mock and vent against longtime rulers, debate sensitive issues from...

Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

Apr. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging observed their second annual...

US offers $10 million reward for info on Hezbollah operative

Mar. 29, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information on a Hezbollah operative who was convicted last year in the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri. The State Department said the reward will be given to...

Radioactive material found inside oil facility in Lebanon

Mar. 26, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A German company has found dangerous nuclear material stored in an oil facility in southern Lebanon, officials said Friday. The material has been stored at the Zahrani Oil Installation that is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Beirut, according to a...