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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, left, smiles as he meets Lebanon's President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. In a televised address Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, Aoun warned that the crisis-hit country could be going to “hell” if a new government is not formed. An initiative led by Macron called for a Lebanese government of independent specialists that was to be formed by Sept. 15. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP, File)

Lebanese president warns of 'hell' if no new gov't formed

Sep. 21, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president said Monday that the crisis-hit country could be going to “hell” if a new government was not formed, suggesting it would require a “miracle” for that to happen at this point. The stark warning comes as the country struggles to contain a...

FILE - This Tuesday, June 11, 2013 file photo, Iran's Gholam Reza Rezaei, foreground, plays the ball, as he is followed by Mohamad Atwi, of Lebanon, in their Asian qualifiers soccer match for 2014 World Cup, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium in Tehran, Iran.  Atwi died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, nearly a month after he was hit by a stray bullet in his head in Beirut, state-run National news agency reported. Atwi had been in intensive care unit since a stray bullet got stuck in his head on Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Lebanese soccer player dies from stray bullet head wound

Sep. 18, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s leading soccer player Mohammed Atwi died on Friday, nearly a month after he was wounded in Beirut by a stray bullet that hit him in the head, the state-run National News Agency reported. He was 33. Atwi had been in intensive care unit since the Aug. 21 shooting. The origin...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with Prime Minister-Designate Mustapha Adib, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Lebanese officials are holding eleventh-hour negotiations over the formation of a new government, a process which hit snags over the weekend despite a looming deadline to deliver on a promise made to French President Emmanuel Macron. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

US sanctions 2 Lebanon-based firms, Hezbollah-linked person

Sep. 17, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Lebanon-based companies and a man described as an official with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group The United States considers the Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization and has imposed sanctions on many of the militant...

The Commissioner-General of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees Philippe Lazzarini, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.N. relief agency, UNRWA, headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The financial crisis that the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing could lead to ceasing some of its activities in what would raise risks of instability in this volatile region, Lazzarini said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Palestinian refugee agency warns of instability amid crisis

Sep. 16, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing a financial crisis that could force it to halt some services to an already impoverished population of more than 5 million people, the head of the agency said Wednesday. Philippe Lazzarini also warned in an interview with The Associated...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with Prime Minister-Designate Mustapha Adib, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Lebanese officials are holding eleventh-hour negotiations over the formation of a new government, a process which hit snags over the weekend despite a looming deadline to deliver on a promise made to French President Emmanuel Macron. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Lebanese Cabinet formation hits snags amid disagreements

Sep. 14, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials held 11th-hour negotiations on Monday over the formation of a new government for the crisis-hit country, a process which hit snags over the weekend despite a looming deadline to deliver on a promise made to French President Emmanuel Macron. The French leader has been...

An anti-government protester clashes with Lebanese soldiers, during a protest against the Lebanese President Michel Aoun near the presidential palace, in Baabda east of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Soldiers fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese protesters clash with army near presidential palace

Sep. 12, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese soldiers on Saturday fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration. Tension is high in Lebanon following last month's devastating explosion at Beirut's port that...

A combo picture shows Lebanese Public Works and Transportation Minister Youssef Fenianos entering parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, May 23, 2018, left, and Lebanese former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil arriving at the parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, July 16, 2019. The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 sanctioned Fenianos, a senior member of the Christian Marada Movement that is allied with Hezbollah and the Syrian government, and Khalil, currently a member of the Lebanese Parliament, saying they

Hezbollah allies sanctioned by US denounce Washington's move

Sep. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful political group allied with militant Hezbollah denounced Wednesday the U.S. sanctions against one of its senior members, saying they infringe on Lebanon’s sovereignty and will not succeed in extracting any concessions. The statement by the Shiite Amal group headed by...

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, second left, visits an Italian field hospital set up at the Lebanese University in the Hadath district of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Conte said Tuesday his country will support Lebanon's economic and social growth, expressing hopes that a new government is formed quickly — one that would start the reconstruction process in the wake of last month's Beirut explosion and implement badly needed reforms. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Italy's premier urges Lebanon to form Cabinet, start reforms

Sep. 8, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Italy's prime minister said Tuesday his country will support Lebanon’s economic and social growth, expressing hopes that a new government is formed quickly — one that would start the reconstruction process in the wake of last month's Beirut explosion and implement badly needed...

Lebanese protesters hold placards during a protest against the Bisri dam project, in the Bisri Valley, 58 kilometers (36 miles) southeast of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March. 10, 2019. The valley of Bisri in Lebanon lies on a green fertile bed, a spot that has cradled civilizations dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Its expansive lands of pine, citrus trees and ancient ruins are about to turn into a controversial mega dam funded by the World Bank. For years now, activists and locals have voiced their opposition to what they describe as not only

World Bank-funded dam in Lebanon mirrors governance crisis

Sep. 2, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Bisri Valley lies on a green fertile bed, a spot that has cradled civilizations dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Its expansive lands of pine, citrus trees and ancient ruins are threatened with being submerged by a controversial mega dam funded by the World Bank. For years,...

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for a media conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stern warning to Lebanon's political class, urging them to commit to serious reforms within few months or risk punitive action including sanctions, if they fail to deliver. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

French leader warns Lebanese politicians of ‘last chance’

Sep. 1, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Lebanese politicians have committed to a road map that begins with a government of experts to be formed in two weeks and quickly enacts reforms. Speaking at the end of two days of meetings in Beirut, Macron said France was committed to helping Lebanon...