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A statue of soldier carries balance, symbol of justice, is seen outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A year after anti-government protests roiled Lebanon, dozens of protesters are being tried before military courts that human rights lawyers say grossly violate due process and fail to investigate allegations of torture and abuse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Nov. 22, 2020 2:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Khaldoun Jaber was taking part in an anti-government protest near the presidential palace outside Beirut last November when several Lebanese intelligence officers in plainclothes approached and forcibly took him away. The demonstration was part of a wave of protests sweeping Lebanon against...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo, Lebanese riot police stand guard in front the central bank building, where the anti-government protesters protest against the Lebanese central bank's governor Riad Salameh and the deepening financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. A New-York-based company that was contracted by Lebanon's government to conduct a forensic audit of the country's central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire needed information and documents, Lebanese outgoing finance minister said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

NY-based company pulls out of Lebanon bank's forensic audit

Nov. 20, 2020 11:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A New-York-based company contracted by the Lebanese government to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire requested information and documents, Lebanon's outgoing finance minister said Friday. The...

Gebran Bassil who is a current lawmaker who leads the biggest bloc in parliament and is a son-in-law of President Michel Aoun, speaks to journalists at the presidential palace, in Baabda east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The U.S. treasury slapped sanctions Friday, Nov. 6,  on Lebanon's ex-foreign minister and a leading Christian political ally of the Hezbollah group, according to the Treasury's website. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanese official says US sanctioned him over Hezbollah ties

Nov. 8, 2020 9:30 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former foreign minister said Sunday that last week’s U.S. sanctions targeted him over alleged corruption because he repeatedly refused Washington’s calls to severe ties with Iran-backed Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese militant and political group. The U.S....

FILE - In this June 13, 2018 file photo, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil pauses during a news conference at a Syrian refugee camp, in Arsal, near the border with Syria, east Lebanon. The U.S. treasury slapped sanctions Friday, Nov. 6, 2020,  on Lebanon's ex-foreign minister and a leading Christian political ally of the Hezbollah group, according to the Treasury's website. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanon's leader challenges US sanctions against son-in-law

Nov. 7, 2020 8:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's leader on Saturday asked the United States to offer evidence to back up new sanctions against the former Lebanese foreign minister, who is an important political ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group. President Michel Aoun asked the Lebanese foreign ministry to make the necessary...

FILE - In this June 13, 2018 file photo, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil pauses during a news conference at a Syrian refugee camp, in Arsal, near the border with Syria, east Lebanon. The U.S. treasury slapped sanctions Friday, Nov. 6, 2020,  on Lebanon's ex-foreign minister and a leading Christian political ally of the Hezbollah group, according to the Treasury's website. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

US sanctions Hezbollah-allied Lebanese Christian politician

Nov. 6, 2020 2:57 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions on Lebanon’s former foreign minister and a leading Christian political ally of the militant Hezbollah group, singling him out for what it said was his role in corruption. Gebran Bassil, a lawmaker who leads the largest bloc in parliament...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed on a third meeting. The U.S.-mediated talks are being held in a tent at the U.N. post along the border known as Ras Naqoura, on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Naqoura. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Israel-Lebanon maritime talks productive, mediators say

Oct. 29, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks between Israel and Lebanon over disputed maritime borders were productive and are expected to resume next month, the U.S. and the United Nations said Thursday. The U.S.- mediated indirect talks, hosted by the U.N. in a tent in a southern Lebanese border town, convened for a second...

Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri speaks to journalists at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct, 22, 2020. Lebanon's president Michel Aoun asked former premier Saad Hariri to form the country's next government Thursday after he secured enough votes from lawmakers - bringing back an old name to lead the country out of its dire political and economic crises. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

For 4th time, Hariri is back as PM in crisis-hit Lebanon

Oct. 22, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president tasked former Prime Minister Saad Hariri with forming a new government Thursday, bringing back the veteran politician a year after he was toppled amid nationwide protests against widespread corruption and a flunking economy. President Michel Aoun designated Hariri...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, meets with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

Lebanon praises US mediation in maritime border talks Israel

Oct. 16, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's President Michel Aoun told a visiting U.S. official Friday that his country “heavily relies” on Washington’s mediation regarding a disputed maritime border with Israel, and hopes the United States can help the sides overcome difficulties they may face....

A UNIFIL Navy ship patrols in the Mediterranean Sea next to a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, off the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Lebanon and Israel are to begin indirect talks Wednesday over their disputed maritime border, with American officials mediating the talks that both sides insist are purely technical and not a sign of any normalization of ties. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

US official holds Beirut meetings after Israel-Lebanon talks

Oct. 15, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker met Thursday with a visiting U.S. official, a day after Beirut began indirect negotiations with Israel over their disputed maritime border. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, the top American diplomat for the Middle...

U.N. peacekeeping military vehicles enter the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the southern Lebanese border town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Lebanon and Israel are to begin Wednesday indirect talks over the disputed maritime border between the two countries in the presence of American officials who are mediating between the Middle Eastern nations. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon, Israel begin indirect talks over maritime border

Oct. 14, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon and Israel began indirect talks on Wednesday over their disputed maritime border, with American officials mediating the talks that both sides insist are purely technical and not a sign of any normalization of ties. The U.S. has been mediating the issue for about a decade,...