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Hopes of young Lebanese to escape sectarianism put to test

Nov. 9, 2019 1:48 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Singer Tania Saleh grew up amid a civil war that robbed her of her childhood, of her friends and neighbors and of the Lebanon she so loved. For years, she has sung the pains of sectarian schisms. "You Lebanese have created 10 or 12 gods ... You divided me. You aggravated me. You parceled me...

Lebanon's banks reopen after 2-week closure due to protests

Nov. 1, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's private banks reopened Friday amid boosted security after a two-week closure because of anti-government protests that have paralyzed the country. The reopening follows Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation this week, a key demand of the protesters, who have blocked major roads...

Protests in Iraq and Lebanon pose a challenge to Iran

Oct. 30, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The day after anti-government protests erupted in Iraq, Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani flew into Baghdad late at night and took a helicopter to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where he surprised a group of top security officials by chairing a meeting in place of the prime minister. The...

Lebanese prime minister quits amid anti-government protests

Oct. 29, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister resigned Tuesday, bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after baton-wielding Hezbollah supporters rampaged through the main protest camp in Beirut, torching tents, smashing plastic chairs and chasing away protesters. The...

The Latest: German FM fears 'political vacuum' in Lebanon

Oct. 29, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 8:00 p.m. Germany's foreign minister has expressed concern about the political turmoil in Lebanon, warning of a "political vacuum." Heiko Maas told reporters in Cairo Tuesday that: "It is of paramount importance that the...

Feds: Brothers with alleged Hezbollah ties are 'dangerous'

Oct. 28, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two brothers charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon are "dangerous" and should remain in custody while they await trial, according to a court document filed Monday. Usama and Issam...

Lebanese block roads as mass demonstrations enter 10th day

Oct. 26, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese anti-government protesters stepped up their efforts to block roads in and around the capital Beirut on Saturday, lying in the streets and chanting "peaceful, peaceful" as security forces struggled to drag them out of the way. The dispersals were largely peaceful, but clashes broke...

Protests rattle the postwar order in Lebanon and Iraq

Oct. 25, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of people, many of them young and unemployed men, thronged public squares and blocked main streets Friday in the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon in unprecedented, spontaneous anti-government revolts in two countries scarred by long conflicts. Demonstrators in Iraq were beaten...

Lebanon Hezbollah warns protests could lead to chaos, war

Oct. 25, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group said Friday that nationwide protests against the country's political class have been exploited by foreign powers and were no longer spontaneous, warning they could drag the country toward civil war. Hassan Nasrallah's comments came shortly after his...

The Latest: Hezbollah chief asks supporters to exit protests

Oct. 25, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah has called on his supporters to leave anti-government protests to avoid friction and seek dialogue instead. Hassan Nasrallah spoke Friday shortly after his supporters...