Latest Hezbollah News

Lebanon's Hezbollah insists on a coalition government

Dec. 13, 2019 1:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said Friday the best emergency government to deal with the country's worsening economic crisis is one that includes all political groups. Hassan Nasrallah's comments indicated there was no resolution yet on who should head an emergency...

Lebanon's FM calls for emergency government of experts

Dec. 12, 2019 2:06 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s foreign minister, an ally of the militant Hezbollah group, called Thursday for an emergency government made up of experts to deal with the country's economic downward spiral. Gebran Bassil's statement could potentiall y pave the way for an end to the two-month deadlock...

Diplomats to Lebanon: Expect no aid before government formed

Dec. 11, 2019 5:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Lebanon cannot expect to receive international aid for its battered economy until a new government undertakes serious reforms, diplomats decided at a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday. The international group, led by France and the United Nations, met to discuss conditions for helping...

US sanctions 2 Venezuelan officials for selling passports

Dec. 9, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on both the former and the current director of the Venezuelan government's office of identification, accusing them of receiving kickbacks involving the sale of passports. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...

Lebanon’s journalists suffer abuse, threats covering unrest

Dec. 7, 2019 5:08 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese journalists are facing threats and wide-ranging harassment in their work — including verbal insults and physical attacks, even death threats — while reporting on nearly 50 days of anti-government protests, despite Lebanon’s reputation as a haven for free speech...

Israel: Hezbollah undeterred after recent setbacks

Dec. 5, 2019 2:46 PM EST

SHTULA, Israel (AP) — A year after uncovering a network of cross-border Hezbollah tunnels, the Israeli military says the Lebanese militant group has beefed up its presence along the volatile frontier. Military officials say that neither the destruction of the tunnels, nor Hezbollah’s recent domestic...

New Yorker gets 40 years in prison for supporting Hezbollah

Dec. 3, 2019 6:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Yorker convicted of providing material support to Hezbollah by seeking targets in New York City for terrorist attacks was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison. Ali Kourani, 35, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein after the Lebanon-born Kourani was...

Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid

Dec. 2, 2019 5:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing...

Gas station strike paralyzes Lebanon as crisis deepens

Nov. 29, 2019 1:06 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Angry motorists blocked roads with their vehicles in Beirut and other parts of Lebanon on Friday, creating traffic jams to protest a strike by owners of gas stations demanding an increase in gasoline prices as the local currency drops and the nation slides deeper into a financial crisis. The...

Lebanon pays back $1.5 billion Eurobond amid economic crisis

Nov. 28, 2019 2:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon paid back a Eurobond worth $1.5 billion that was scheduled to mature Thursday, a Finance Ministry official said, pacifying concerns of a first-ever default on its debt amid the worst financial crisis in three decades. The tiny Mediterranean country’s economic emergency has...