Latest Beirut News

Hezbollah downplays US sanctions on Iran

Aug. 14, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said Tuesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran and his Iran-backed group will not have major effects on them and will not lead to regime change in Tehran. Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech marking the 12th anniversary of the end of the 34-day...

Lebanon's mountains offer cool refuge from Mideast heat

Aug. 14, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

FARAYA, Lebanon (AP) — The passengers' chatter on the Beirut-bound flight was far from reassuring. Taxi drivers were striking. Traffic was going to be bad. Add the heat and suffocating humidity of a typical summer day and you're hit with a powerful urge to get out of town. The mountains? Absolutely....

Lebanese diva breaks taboo with clip announcing cancer fight

Aug. 10, 2018 8:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — It was an unusual way to reveal a struggle against cancer, particularly in a part of the world where the illness is still largely considered a private matter and taboo. But a video clip released on Twitter is how Lebanese singer Elissa chose to share the news with her fans and millions of...

A goodwill gesture over electricity sows discord in Lebanon

Aug. 10, 2018 2:23 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — It was supposed to be a goodwill gesture from an energy company in Turkey. This summer, the Karadeniz Energy Group lent Lebanon a floating power station to generate electricity at below-market rates to help ease the strain on the country's woefully undermaintained power sector. Instead, the...

The Latest: UN says civil war has cost Syria $388B in damage

Aug. 9, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A United Nations agency says Syria's seven-year-long civil war has cost the country $388 billion in economic damage. The U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) says it estimates the cost of the material...

Lebanese official: Repatriated IS members fairly questioned

Aug. 4, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Eight suspected members of the Islamic State group handed over to Lebanon recently are being questioned under the supervision of judicial authorities and they will stand trial in their home country, Justice Minister Salim Jreissati said Saturday. Jreissati's comments came a day after Human...

World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled

Jul. 31, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior World Bank official said Tuesday that the Lebanese economy is "not doing great" and urged the country's leaders to approve some $1.1 billion worth of projects put forward by the international lender, saying otherwise they could be cancelled. Ferid Belhaj, the bank's vice president...

Some Syrian refugees oppose Russian repatriation push

Jul. 26, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Even as Russia pushes to repatriate Syrians who fled their country amid civil war, many of the refugees in Jordan said Thursday they will not return before the war has ended and their safety is assured. Some Syrians interviewed in Amman also said they don't trust Russia as a mediator...

The Latest: Official: IS seized body of downed Syrian pilot

Jul. 24, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:20 p.m. An official based in Syria and allied with government forces says Islamic State militants have seized the body of a Syrian pilot whose fighter jet was shot down by Israel. The official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that...

Plagued by cuts, Lebanon survives on floating power plants

Jul. 22, 2018 2:32 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has for decades struggled with daily power cuts that leave residents sweating through their shirts summer after sticky summer. The bankrupt national power company, unable to build new power plants, has been buying electricity from Turkish barges docked off-shore. Last week, Lebanon...