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A woman holds up a banner as people gather in Trafalgar Square in central London on Sunday, May 31, 2020 to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis that has led to protests across the US. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

World uneasily watches US protests but US racism seen before

May. 31, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nations around the world have watched in horror at the five days of civil unrest in the United States following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised. Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America’s closest allies, though many have...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, center, stands next to the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, Major-General Stefano Del Col, left, as he reviews the honor guard of the United Nations peacekeepers, upon his arrival at their headquarters, in the southern coastal border town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The visit comes against the backdrop of a war of words between Israel and Lebanese officials, including the powerful Hezbollah group, over the mandate of the U.N. troops, known as UNIFIL, deployed in southern Lebanon since an Israel invasion in 1978. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Lebanon extends mandate of UN force along Israel border

May. 29, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

Beirut (AP) — Lebanon’s government agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon along the border with Israel for another year, the country’s information minister said. The extension of the peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, comes as Israel is...

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 photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab reviews the honor guard of the United Nations peacekeepers, upon his arrival at their headquarters in the southern coastal border town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The visit comes against the backdrop of a war of words between Israel and Lebanese officials, including the powerful Hezbollah group, over the mandate of the U.N. troops, known as UNIFIL, deployed in southern Lebanon since an Israel invasion in 1978. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Lebanese PM visits UN peacekeepers amid dispute over mandate

May. 27, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister visited United Nations peacekeepers in the country's south near the border with Israel on Wednesday, describing the presence of the force in the volatile area as a necessity. The visit by Prime Minister Hassan Diab comes amid the backdrop of a war of words between...

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...

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the rubble of a house that according to the Syrian authorities was attacked by an Israeli airstrike, in the Damascus suburbs of Hajira, Syria, Monday, April 27, 2020. The Syrian military and state media said Monday that Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing three civilians. An opposition war monitor says four Iran-backed fighters were also killed. The military says Syrian air defenses shot some of the missiles down. The reports said the attack happened around dawn on Monday. (SANA via AP)

Israeli military says Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria

May. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria in response to Israeli strikes, as well as growing domestic discontent linked to the economy and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli military said Thursday. Israel and Iran have for years been engaged in a shadow war that has recently...

A car drives along the Israeli village of Metulla, as seen from the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the village of Kfar Kila, in southeast Lebanon, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel's last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

20 years after withdrawal, Israel, Hezbollah brace for war

May. 20, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

KFAR CHOUBA, Lebanon (AP) — Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel’s last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. Israeli troops are striking Hezbollah targets in neighboring Syria and drilling for what could be an...

FILE - This May 5, 2020 file photo, shows a partial view of the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. Lebanon's army said Wednesday, May 20, 2020, it's detained two soldiers caught on camera slapping a doctor and pushing him into a corner inside an emergency room at the hospital in the country's northern city of Tripoli. The army said it opened an investigation into the incident, which took place the previous night. A closed-circuit TV footage of the incident was widely circulated online, causing an uproar among doctors and civilians. Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city and its most impoverished. It's been the scene of tensions between the army and protesters, including one who was shot and killed last month. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Lebanese soldiers detained for slapping, pushing doctor

May. 20, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military has detained two soldiers caught on camera slapping and pushing a doctor in an emergency ward at a hospital in the northern city of Tripoli, the army said Wednesday. The video, widely circulated online, caused an uproar — particularly as the nation’s...