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France pledges support for Lebanon's new prime minister

Sep. 24, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Friday Lebanon’s new prime minister at the presidential palace, wishing him success and promising France would continue to support the crisis-struck country. In Beirut, protesters pelted commercial banks with eggs and rallied against...

His country mired in crises, Lebanese leader calls for help

Sep. 24, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The reverberations of terrorism across the oceans and war in their own neighborhood have left Lebanon and its fellow nations in the Middle East struggling with the consequences, Lebanon’s president said Friday, calling for international help to save his own crisis-hit...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

Sep. 23, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world’s focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges...

Lebanese ex-minister asks that port blast judge be replaced

Sep. 22, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A former Lebanese government minister on Wednesday asked the country’s top court to remove the lead judge investigating last year’s massive explosion in Beirut's port because of allegedly “legitimate suspicion” over his handling of the case, state media reported. ...

Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote after power cut delay

Sep. 20, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new Cabinet won a vote of confidence from Parliament on Monday during a session that was delayed for almost an hour because of a power outage and broken generator at the venue. The electricity outage underscored the multiple crises roiling the...

WHO director: Lebanon's brain drain threat to health sector

Sep. 17, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The World Health Organization’s director general on Friday expressed deep concern about the impact of Lebanon’s economic meltdown and multiple crises on the wellbeing of the nation, and said the brain drain among the country's health workers is particularly worrisome. ...

Judge seeks arrest of ex-minister charged in Beirut blast

Sep. 16, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lead judge investigating Lebanon’s massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for a former minister who failed to appear for questioning, the state-run National News agency reported. It was the first such warrant in the...

Lebanon's ex-PM leaves to US despite subpoena for port blast

Sep. 14, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former prime minister left the country for the United States on Tuesday, his advisor said, despite a subpoena from the judge investigating last year’s devastating explosion at Beirut port. Hassan Diab was the country’s prime minister when...

Lebanese cancer patients face frantic search for medication

Sep. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

QLEIAT, Lebanon (AP) — Saydi Mubarak and her mother share a bond that goes beyond a close mother-daughter relationship: They were both diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and underwent months of chemotherapy at a Beirut hospital, together facing the anxiety, the hair loss and the...

Lebanese president wants to resume bailout talks with IMF

Sep. 13, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new government held its first meeting Monday with a call by the president to resume talks with the International Monetary Fund to help kick-start its recovery from one of the world's worst economic crises in more than a century. The 24-member...