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Hezbollah airs video of Israeli barges in disputed gas field

Jul. 31, 2022 05:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah on Sunday aired drone footage of Israeli ships in a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the tension at the center of U.S.-mediated maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel. The footage was aired as the U.S. energy...

Lebanon's Parliament votes to spend World Bank loan on wheat

Jul. 26, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday voted to use a $150 million World Bank loan to pay for wheat imports into the cash-strapped country. Already in the throes of a crippling economic crisis, Lebanon is also struggling to cope with a food security crisis that has left half...

Smoldering Beirut port silo risks total collapse amid fire

Jul. 22, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister on Friday warned that the ruin of a massive grain silo risks total collapse due to an ongoing fire that's expanding amid the summer heat at the Beirut port where a devastating blast two years ago tore through the Mediterranean city. A fire in...

Lebanese forces, investigative judge raid central bank

Jul. 19, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces, accompanied by an investigative judge, raided the country's Central Bank on Tuesday in a divisive investigation against the bank's embattled governor. Judge Ghada Aoun had been investigating Gov. Riad Salameh, and in March charged him with...

Hezbollah threatens Israel with escalation in border spat

Jul. 13, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group threatened Israel with military escalation Wednesday if a future deal over the disputed maritime border between the two countries is not in Lebanon’s favor. Sayyed Hassan Narallah said in a televised speech that...

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...

Lebanese PM criticizes Hezbollah over drone provocation

Jul. 04, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's caretaker prime minister on Monday criticized the militant group Hezbollah for sending three unmanned aircraft over an Israeli gas installation last week, saying it was an unnecessarily risky action. Najib Mikati’s comment came two days after Hezbollah...

Israel shoots down Hezbollah drones over Mediterranean

Jul. 02, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Saturday said it shot down three unmanned aircraft launched by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah heading toward an area where an Israeli gas platform was recently installed in the Mediterranean Sea. The launch of the aircraft appeared to...

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...

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.” ...