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Lebanon files urgent complaint to UN against Israel flights

Jan. 12, 2021 11:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon will file an urgent complaint with the United Nations against Israel's daily violations of its airspace amid intensifying drone reconnaissance and mock raids around the country, the president's office said Tuesday. President Michel Aoun called for a condemnation of Israel's...

Lebanese woman gets 3 years hard labor for Israel contacts

Dec. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A military court in Lebanon on Monday sentenced a political activist to three years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel, Lebanon’s state-run news agency reported. The National News Agency said Kinda El-Khatib was sentenced for allegedly visiting Israel, contacting Israeli...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020 file photo, outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, speaks during a press conference after his government was announced, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. On Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, the Lebanese prosecutor probing this summer's port explosion in Beirut filed charges against Diab, and three former ministers, Lebanon's official news agency said.  All four were charged with negligence leading to deaths over the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut port, which killed more than 200 people and injured thousands. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanese judge charges caretaker PM in August port explosion

Dec. 10, 2020 12:29 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese prosecutor probing last summer’s port explosion in Beirut filed charges on Thursday against the caretaker prime minister and three former ministers, accusing them of negligence that led to the death of hundreds of people, Lebanon’s official news agency said. The...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks up the stairs of an old building in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Lebanon should quickly form a reform-minded government to carry out badly needed reforms to help get the tiny country out of its severe economic crisis where the Real GDP growth is projected to contract nearly 20% in 2020 and a crash in local currency led to triple-digit inflation rates, the World Bank said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

France and UN rally aid for Lebanon, urge political reforms

Dec. 2, 2020 7:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country's leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock in Beirut has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country hit by multiple crises. A meeting...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed on a third meeting. The U.S.-mediated talks are being held in a tent at the U.N. post along the border known as Ras Naqoura, on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Naqoura. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanon's president expresses hope for Israel border talks

Dec. 2, 2020 10:05 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president said Wednesday he wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and that disagreements during the last round of negotiations can be resolved based on international law. President Michel Aoun spoke during a meeting with John Desrocher, the U.S. mediator for the...

A statue of soldier carries balance, symbol of justice, is seen outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A year after anti-government protests roiled Lebanon, dozens of protesters are being tried before military courts that human rights lawyers say grossly violate due process and fail to investigate allegations of torture and abuse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Nov. 22, 2020 2:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Khaldoun Jaber was taking part in an anti-government protest near the presidential palace outside Beirut last November when several Lebanese intelligence officers in plainclothes approached and forcibly took him away. The demonstration was part of a wave of protests sweeping Lebanon against...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo, Lebanese riot police stand guard in front the central bank building, where the anti-government protesters protest against the Lebanese central bank's governor Riad Salameh and the deepening financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. A New-York-based company that was contracted by Lebanon's government to conduct a forensic audit of the country's central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire needed information and documents, Lebanese outgoing finance minister said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

NY-based company pulls out of Lebanon bank's forensic audit

Nov. 20, 2020 11:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A New-York-based company contracted by the Lebanese government to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire requested information and documents, Lebanon's outgoing finance minister said Friday. The...