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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...

Lebanese man shot dead during demonstrations in south Beirut, marking first death in 27 days of nationwide protests

Nov. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EST
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese man shot dead during demonstrations in south Beirut, marking first death in 27 days of nationwide protests.

Lebanon's Central Bank tries to calm nerves amid crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 8:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The governor of Lebanon's Central Bank sought to calm nerves on Monday amid a worsening economic and financial crisis, pledging to work on safeguarding the stability of the national currency and protecting bank deposits. Riad Salameh told reporters at a packed press conference that the bank...

Hopes of young Lebanese to escape sectarianism put to test

Nov. 9, 2019 1:48 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Singer Tania Saleh grew up amid a civil war that robbed her of her childhood, of her friends and neighbors and of the Lebanon she so loved. For years, she has sung the pains of sectarian schisms. "You Lebanese have created 10 or 12 gods ... You divided me. You aggravated me. You parceled me...