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Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

May. 20, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces opened water cannons on Lebanese anti-austerity protesters in the country's capital on Monday, as the government continued to hold marathon meetings to discuss severe budget cuts. Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt, rising...

Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions

May. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency. Jamil Jabak told The...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

US in new push to resolve Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute

May. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon met with Lebanese officials Wednesday for a second day, signaling a new push to resolve the matter. Israel and Lebanon both claim some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the...

US official in Beirut to discuss border dispute with Israel

May. 14, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a U.S. official Tuesday as Washington mediates a maritime border dispute with Israel. Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield arrived earlier in the day to begin a two-day visit to meet officials in Lebanon, which is in an economic...

Lebanon mourns former Maronite Christian patriarch Sfeir

May. 12, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church, Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, who served as spiritual leader of Lebanon's largest Christian community through some of the worst days of the country's 1975-1990 civil war, died Sunday. He was 98. Sfeir, an outspoken and feisty...

As Lebanon leaders talk austerity, protesters cry 'thieves!'

May. 10, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese military and security veterans burned tires and shouted angrily outside government offices on Friday, their second protest in less than two weeks amid fears a proposed austerity budget may affect their pensions and benefits. The protesters gathered in downtown Beirut as...

Lebanon's Central Bank workers suspend strike for 3 days

May. 7, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Employees at the Central Bank of Lebanon on Tuesday suspended their open-ended strike for three days, saying they hope their wages and benefits will not be cut. The strike began Friday and raised concerns it could paralyze the country's banking sector, which relies on the Central Bank for...

Lebanon stock trading suspended over central bank strike

May. 6, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Beirut Stock Exchange suspended trading on Monday due to an open-ended strike declared by the employees of Lebanon's central bank, adding to the country's economic crisis as the government discusses an austerity budget to avoid an economic crash. The ongoing strike by the Central Bank of...

Warplanes strike hospital in Syria's rebel-held Idlib

May. 5, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes struck a hospital in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on Sunday, knocking it out of service, as government forces continued to bombard the rebel-held region following insurgent attacks last week. The latest fighting has killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands in...