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An anti-government protester argues with riot police during a protest against a general amnesty law being proposed in parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon removes banking secrecy rules to fight corruption

May. 28, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament approved on Thursday a law to remove decades-old banking secrecy rules in order to better fight rampant corruption that has pushed the country to the edge of economic collapse. The move opens the way for investigations into bank accounts of current and former...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, Riad Salameh the governor of Lebanon's Central Bank, listens to a journalist's question during a press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon. Salameh was touted as the guardian of Lebanon’s monetary stability as he steered the tiny country's finances through post-war recovery and various bouts of unrest for nearly three decades. Now, Lebanon’s long-serving central bank governor is being called a “thief” by some protesters, who accuse him of being part of the ruling elite whose corruption and mismanagement has driven the country to the edge of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanon crisis brings mixed legacy for central bank governor

May. 28, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Touted as the guardian of Lebanon’s monetary stability, he steered the tiny country's finances for nearly three decades, through post-war recovery and bouts of unrest. Now, Lebanon’s central bank governor is being called a “thief” by some anti-government...

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020 photo, an Ethiopian domestic worker cleans her employer's balcony, in Beirut, Lebanon. Some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. With no functioning airports and exorbitant costs of repatriation flights, many are trapped, unable to go home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

May. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

In this Saturday, May, 2, 2020, photo, a man uses banknotes to pay for his purchases at the mall in Basra, Iraq. The coronavirus pandemic has reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been the physical lifeblood of global economies: paper money and coins.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

May. 20, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus,...

In this Saturday, May, 2, 2020, photo, a man uses banknotes to pay for his purchases at the mall in Basra, Iraq. The coronavirus pandemic has reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been the physical lifeblood of global economies: paper money and coins.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

May. 20, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus,...

Turkish pilots, others, to stand trial over Ghosn escape

May. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday accepted an indictment against four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants accused of helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon via Turkey, and set a trial date for July 3. Prosecutors are seeking up...

A man wearing a face mask walks by a screen showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S.Korea: Rules stay relaxed despite virus spike

May. 13, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea: No plans to backtrack on relaxed rules despite...

In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020 photo, Faiqqa Homsi holds her daughter Maya, who was diagnosed with cancer, on her apartment balcony in the Mulawiya slum of the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. Residents of Lebanon's poorest city, Tripoli, despair as the country faces a terrifying confluence of events. An unprecedented economic crisis, nationwide protests and coronavirus restrictions are posing the biggest threat to stability since the end of the civil war in 1990. Nowhere is the pain more felt than in Tripoli, hometown of Homsi, a mother of five who feels her family is being pushed closer to the edge. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon faces grave threat to stability as poverty mounts

May. 11, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Living in a slum built precariously on the banks of a sewage-tainted river in Lebanon, Faiqqa Homsi feels her family being pushed closer and closer to the edge. A mother of five, she was already struggling, relying on donations to care for a baby daughter with cancer. The...

Turkey charges pilots, others, over ex-Nissan chief's escape

May. 7, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have charged four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Thursday....