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Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

Nov. 19, 2019 8:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria on Tuesday and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital. Israeli air defense systems captured the...

Protesters force postponement of Lebanese parliament session

Nov. 19, 2019 6:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallying against the Lebanese political elite blocked roads in central Beirut on Tuesday, preventing lawmakers from reaching the parliament and forcing the postponement of a legislative session. The session had been scheduled even though the country is still without a...

Lebanese banks to reopen as withdrawal limits made official

Nov. 18, 2019 1:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s bank staff union announced Monday it’s ending a week-long strike after increased security and new regulations that officially limited withdrawal and dollar transfers. The union said banks will reopen Tuesday. Banks have been at the center of anti-government protests,...

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...

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...