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Pope meets with Lebanon's PM-designate, urges end of crises

Apr. 22, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday and urged all Lebanese political leaders to “urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation," as the country endures a series of crises and disagreements that have prevented the...

High-ranking Iranian general dies of heart disease at 65

Apr. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A high-ranking general key to Iran's security apparatus has died, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced on Sunday. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hosseinzadeh Hejazi, who died at 65, served as deputy commander of the Quds, or Jerusalem, force of...

Delights of Ramadan disappear for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Apr. 18, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

BHANNINE, Lebanon (AP) — It was messy and hectic in Aisha al-Abed’s kitchen, as the first day of Ramadan often is. Food had to be on the table at precisely 7:07 p.m. when the sun sets and the daylong fast ends. What is traditionally a jovial celebration of the start...

Syria devalues its local currency against the U.S. dollar

Apr. 15, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria devalued the official price of its local currency on Thursday two days after the central bank governor was sacked, state media reported. The decision came after the Syrian pound crashed over the recent months in the war-torn country, hitting records...

Judge orders release of 6 detained over Lebanon port blast

Apr. 15, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese judge leading the investigation into last year’s massive blast at Beirut’s port on Thursday ordered the release of six people, including security officers, who had been detained for months, state news agency reported. It was not...

US warns of punitive actions for Lebanese blocking reforms

Apr. 15, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official warned Thursday that Lebanese politicians who continue to block reforms in the crisis-hit country could face punitive actions by Washington and its allies. U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs David Hale did not...

US urges Lebanese leaders to break political impasse

Apr. 14, 2021 08:00 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Wednesday berated Lebanese politicians for fighting over the formation of a new government for months while millions endure mounting economic hardship. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, said America...

Police: Man kills wife, mother-in-law before killing himself

Apr. 13, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman and her mother were fatally shot by the woman's estranged husband, who was later found dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound, authorities said. Marie Varsos, 31, of Nashville and Deborah Sisco, 60, were found shot to...

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

Apr. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again. Last year, the coronavirus upended the 68-year-old Egyptian’s routine of going to the...

Man suspected of fatally shooting 2 women found dead

Apr. 12, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man suspected of fatally shooting two woman has been found dead in his vehicle, police said. Authorities had been searching Monday morning for Shaun R. Varsos, 36, of Nashville in the killings at a subdivision in Lebanon. ...