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Lebanese protests test Hezbollah’s role as Shiites’ champion

Nov. 18, 2019 1:25 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s protests have shown unusual, overt anger at the country’s powerhouse, Hezbollah. The Shiite militant group has long enjoyed a reputation among its supporters as a champion of the poor and defender of the country against Israel. That’s helped it dominate...

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...

Lebanese police to boost security near banks amid unrest

Nov. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces will boost measures near the country’s banks that have been closed for more than a week over fears by employees for their safety amid nationwide unrest, police said Saturday. Police said in a statement that there will be more patrols near banks and two...

Israeli army arrests Lebanese man who jumps border fence

Nov. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has arrested a man who crossed its northern border from Lebanon. The army said Saturday the Lebanese national was being held for questioning. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said a Lebanese man jumped over the border fence into Israel after...

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.