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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 says Israeli smoke bombs wound 2 troops, spark fire

Aug. 14, 2018 3:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military says Israeli troops fired six smoke bombs across the border, causing two members of the military intelligence agency to suffer breathing difficulties. The army's statement says the incident occurred Tuesday near the village of Rmeish, adding that it also caused a fire...

Lebanon rejects UN stance, says Syrians should return

Aug. 14, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has rejected the position of the head of the U.N. refugee agency, who said it was too early to talk about a mass return of Syrian refugees because the war-torn country is still too dangerous. The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that conditions in Syria now are stable in many cities and...

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...

Italian officer assumes command of UN force in Lebanon

Aug. 7, 2018 7:28 AM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — An Italian army officer has assumed the command of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon that's tasked with keeping a fragile peace along the Lebanon-Israel frontier. Maj.-Gen. Stefano Dal Col takes over from outgoing Irish army Maj.-Gen. Michael Beary as the new head of the...

Report: Blast kills Syrian arms program researcher

Aug. 5, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A research director at a military agency linked to Syria's chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research Center, died...

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...