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Lebanon aims to adopt long-delayed IMF reforms in October

Sep. 20, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Crisis-hit Lebanon hopes to adopt key reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund for a long-delayed but urgently needed bailout before the end of next month if there is “political will”, Lebanon’s caretaker economy minister said Tuesday. Amin Salam...

Lebanese cheer as their dancers win America's Got Talent

Sep. 15, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The news of a Lebanese dance group winning the TV competition show America’s Got Talent brought a rare moment of joy on Thursday to many in this crisis-hit Mideast country. Mayyas, an all-female dance troupe, dazzled the show’s judges and audience on the...

US envoy needs more time in Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute

Sep. 09, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over the two countries' disputed maritime border said Friday some progress has been made but that more work needs to be done to resolve the issue. Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S....

Lebanon flotilla rallies at Israel sea border ahead of talks

Sep. 04, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters on Sunday sailed down the country’s coast in dozens of fishing boats and yachts toward Israel, days before a U.S. envoy is expected in Beirut to continue mediating in a maritime border dispute between the two countries. Lebanon and Israel, which...

Hezbollah at 40 stronger than ever but has more enemies

Sep. 01, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Forty years since Hezbollah was founded at the height of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the group has morphed from a ragtag organization to the largest and most heavily armed militant group in the Middle East. The Iranian-armed and funded Hezbollah, which has...

Lebanon presidential candidate backs anti-Hezbollah platform

Aug. 29, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The granddaughter of a former Lebanese president Monday announced her bid for the cash-strapped country’s upcoming presidential elections on a platform critical of the Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah. The country’s political woes are compounded by its crippling...

Clergy, bags of cash set off new sectarian brawl in Lebanon

Aug. 03, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese archbishop who carried more than $460,000 from Israel to Lebanon is at the center of the latest sectarian showdown in crisis-hit Lebanon, and the case could even spill over into presidential politics. The situation has ramped up discord between two powerful...

Lebanon doubts Ukraine claim of stolen grain on Syrian ship

Jul. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon appeared Friday to reject claims by the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut that a Syrian ship docked in a Lebanese port is carrying Ukrainian grain stolen by Russia, following an inspection by Lebanese customs officials. A senior Lebanese customs official told The...

Ukraine says Syrian ship docks in Lebanon with stolen grain

Jul. 28, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian cargo ship, sanctioned by the United States and carrying what Ukraine says is stolen barley from the war-torn country, has docked in Lebanon, the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in the Mideast nation said Thursday. According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut,...

Lebanon minister: Silos destroyed in 2020 blast may collapse

Jul. 14, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The ruins of the Beirut Port silos, shredded in a massive explosion two years ago, are at risk of collapse because of a fire that ignited last week and is still smoldering inside the structure, a Lebanese minister warned Thursday. The latest fire at the silos’...