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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 15:53 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’...

Lebanon hopes to repatriate Syrian refugees within months

Jul. 06, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon plans to start sending back tens of thousands of Syrian refugees within months over objections by the United Nations and rights groups, a minister said in an interview Wednesday. Lebanon has one of the world's highest numbers of refugees per capita and...

Incumbent Lebanese PM keeps post as economic crisis deepens

Jun. 23, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati won the support of more than 50 legislators Thursday to keep his post following last month's parliamentary elections as the country's multiple crises deepen with no solution in sight. After a day of binding consultations between...

Lebanon extends licensing deadline for gas exploration

Jun. 15, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker energy minister on Wednesday extended the licensing deadline for oil and gas companies to explore in the country’s territorial waters until mid-December, to give more firms the chance to bid, state-run news agency reported. The decision by the...

US envoy: Potential progress in Lebanon-Israel border talks

Jun. 14, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president on Tuesday presented suggestions related to the disputed maritime border with Israel to the U.S. envoy mediating between the two countries, the president’s office said. The envoy said the suggestions “will enable the negotiations to go forward.” ...

Hezbollah leader threatens to hit Israel's offshore gas rig

Jun. 09, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group threatened Thursday to strike a gas rig Israel is setting up in the Mediterranean Sea and that Lebanon claims is in a disputed maritime area between the two countries. Israel says the location is part of its...

Lebanon urges US envoy to end maritime dispute with Israel

Jun. 06, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese government invited on Monday a U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border to return to Beirut as soon as possible to work out an agreement amid rising tensions along the border. The invitation for Amos Hochstein,...