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Soldier who shot Lebanese protester dead charged with murder

Nov. 21, 2019 2:08 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese soldier who shot and killed a protester in Beirut last week was charged Thursday by a military prosecutor with murder, state-run National News Agency said. The agency said a colonel who was on the scene with the soldier at the time was also charged. The soldier could get a death...

Fear, turmoil in Lebanon as its financial crisis worsens

Nov. 21, 2019 1:10 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — On one of Beirut’s main commercial streets, store owners are cutting salaries by half or considering shutting down. Shops advertise sales, but still can’t draw in customers. The only place doing a thriving business: the store that sells safes, as Lebanese increasingly stash...

Protesters force postponement of Lebanese parliament session

Nov. 19, 2019 6:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallying against the Lebanese political elite blocked roads in central Beirut on Tuesday, preventing lawmakers from reaching the parliament and forcing the postponement of a legislative session. The session had been scheduled even though the country is still without a...

Lebanese protests test Hezbollah’s role as Shiites’ champion

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Young men chanting the "people want to bring down the regime" gathered outside the office of Lebanese legislator Mohammed Raad, the powerful head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc. One shirtless man grabbed a metal rod and swung it at the sign bearing Raad’s name, knocking it out of...

Lebanon’s outgoing PM blasts president’s party over delays

Nov. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s political crisis worsened Sunday with the outgoing prime minister harshly criticizing the party of the country’s president, blaming it for weeks of delay in forming a new Cabinet amid ongoing anti-government protests. A statement released by Saad Hariri’s office...

Major roads reopened in Lebanon after 2-day closure

Nov. 14, 2019 8:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops reopened major roads around Lebanon Thursday after a two-day closure triggered by a TV interview with President Michel Aoun in which he called on protesters to go home. The roads linking Beirut with the country’s south and north were opened shortly before noon Thursday,...

AP Explains: Lebanon’s protests could head into dark turn

Nov. 13, 2019 4:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — For nearly a month, the popular protests engulfing Lebanon have been startlingly peaceful. But the shooting death of a 38-year-old father by a soldier, the first such fatality in the unrest, points to the dangerous, dark turn the country could be heading into. The protests exploded into the...

Lebanon protests sliding into violence amid impasse

Nov. 13, 2019 11:26 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A man opened fire with a shotgun over the heads of protesters in a town north of Beirut on Wednesday. It was the second shooting incident in as many days amid nationwide protests and as tensions rose in Lebanon between supporters and opponents of President Michel Aoun. There were no...

First death reported in nationwide protests wracking Lebanon

Nov. 12, 2019 6:17 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A local official for a Lebanese political party was shot dead by soldiers trying to open a road closed by protesters in southern Beirut late Tuesday, the army reported, marking the first death in 27 days of nationwide protests. An army statement said the man was shot in the Khaldeh...

The Latest: First death reported in Lebanon's protests

Nov. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on naionwide protests in Lebanon (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The newspaper of a Lebanese political party says a local official was shot dead in south Beirut during anti-government protests, marking the first death during nationwide protests that began Oct. 17. The newspaper...