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FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpouring of grief

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s political and sectarian divides, touched off an outpouring of grief from the Arab world Tuesday. As news...

Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The Hezbollah leader said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 they still welcome the French initiative to help Lebanon out of its crisis, but said Paris has to change its approach in dealing with local factions and not blame everyone for the failure of forming a new Cabinet. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Hezbollah leaders tell French president to change approach

Sep. 29, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Tuesday they still welcome the French initiative to help Lebanon out of its crisis, but said Paris has to change its approach in dealing with local factions and not blame everyone for the failure of forming a new Cabinet. French President...

In this image from UNTV video, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of Israel, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

Israeli PM to UN: Hezbollah storing missiles in Beirut

Sep. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of maintaining a "secret arms depot" in a residential neighborhood of Beirut, warning it could cause another tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital. Hezbollah denied the allegations and...

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn holds a press conference at the Maronite Christian Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, as he launches an initiative to help Lebanon that is undergoing a severe economic and financial crisis, in Kaslik, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Ghosn was arrested in Japan in 2018, and was awaiting trial on charges of under-reporting future income and breach of trust when he jumped bail and escaped to Lebanon late last year. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Carlos Ghosn launches initiative to help his native Lebanon

Sep. 29, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn made a new public appearance in Lebanon Tuesday during which he launched an initiative with a local university to help the country that is undergoing a severe economic and financial crisis. It is Ghosn’s second appearance in public since he...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Syrian children who were displaced with their family from eastern Aleppo play in the village of Jibreen south of Aleppo, Syria. An international aid group is warning that an additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country's badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions. Save the Children said in a report released Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, that the new figures mean that in the last six months, the total number of food-insecure children across the country has risen to more than 4.6 million. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Aid group warns that 700,000 children in Syria risk hunger

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country's badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions, an international aid group warned Tuesday. Save the Children said the new figures mean that in the last six months, the total number of food-insecure...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, riot policemen beat anti-government protesters during a protest near Parliament Square, in Beirut, Lebanon. An economic meltdown, a revolution, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country's main port. The past year has been nothing short of an earthquake for tiny Lebanon, with an economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port. Yet Lebanese fear even darker days are ahead. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

AP Analysis: Dark days ahead for Lebanon as crisis bites

Sep. 29, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In less than a year, Lebanon has been hit by an economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port. Yet Lebanese fear even darker days are ahead. The country’s foreign reserves are...

Lebanese army soldiers stand guard as anti-government protesters block a main highway during a demonstration against deteriorating economic conditions as politicians are deadlocked over forming a new government, in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

EU concerned over resignation of Lebanon's PM-designate

Sep. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union expressed “disappointment and concern” Monday about the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister-designate over the weekend and urged the country’s leaders to do their best to form a Cabinet that meets the demands of the people. Mustapha...

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon, Sunday, Sept.27, 2020 in Paris. Lebanon's prime minister-designate Moustapha Adib resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)

Macron 'ashamed' of Lebanon's political leaders amid crisis

Sep. 28, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron assailed Hezbollah and the entire Lebanese political class Sunday, and warned of a new civil war if they can’t set aside personal and religious interests to unlock international aid and save Lebanon from economic collapse. But Macron said France...

FILE- This Aug. 19, 2020 file photo shows the the scene of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Facing an economic meltdown and other crises, Lebanon’s president on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, asked for the world's help to rebuild the capital's main port and neighborhoods that were blown away in last month’s catastrophic explosion. President Michel Aoun spoke in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly, telling world leaders that Lebanon is facing multiple crises that pose an unprecedented threat to the small country’s existence. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanese army: Shooting in north Lebanon kills 2 soldiers

Sep. 27, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen in a car opened fire on an army post in northwestern Lebanon on Sunday, triggering a shootout in which two soldiers and one gunman were killed, the Lebanese military said. Another gunman fled to an unknown location, according to an army statement. The attack struck an army post in...