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Crisis-hit Lebanese parliament fails to elect president

Sep. 29, 2022 07:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament on Thursday failed to elect a new president, with the majority of lawmakers casting blank ballots and some walking out. The failure pointed out deep political divisions that threaten prolonged political paralysis and a leadership void at time...

Lebanese cheer as their dancers win America's Got Talent

Sep. 15, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The news of a Lebanese dance group winning the TV competition show America’s Got Talent brought a rare moment of joy on Thursday to many in this crisis-hit Mideast country. Mayyas, an all-female dance troupe, dazzled the show’s judges and audience on the...

US envoy needs more time in Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute

Sep. 09, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over the two countries' disputed maritime border said Friday some progress has been made but that more work needs to be done to resolve the issue. Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S....

Human rights groups condemn torture in Lebanese prisons

Sep. 06, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — International human rights groups Tuesday condemned acts of torture in Lebanese prisons following the death of a Syrian refugee in detention and urged authorities to transfer the investigation into his death from a military to a civil court. Photos surfaced last week...

Lebanon flotilla rallies at Israel sea border ahead of talks

Sep. 04, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters on Sunday sailed down the country’s coast in dozens of fishing boats and yachts toward Israel, days before a U.S. envoy is expected in Beirut to continue mediating in a maritime border dispute between the two countries. Lebanon and Israel, which...

Hezbollah warns Israel over border dispute with Lebanon

Aug. 09, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group issued a warning Tuesday to archenemy Israel over the two countries’ maritime border dispute, saying that “any arm” that reaches to steal Lebanon’s wealth “will be cut off.” Hassan Nasrallah's remarks...

Public sector strike cripples cash-strapped Lebanon

Aug. 09, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Tarek Younes was once solidly middle class and felt he helped contribute to society as an inspector in the Lebanese government’s consumer protection agency. But the country's economic free-fall has eroded his income and civic pride. In his desperation, Younes has...

Hezbollah airs video of Israeli barges in disputed gas field

Jul. 31, 2022 05:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah on Sunday aired drone footage of Israeli ships in a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the tension at the center of U.S.-mediated maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel. The footage was aired as the U.S. energy...

Lebanon's Parliament votes to spend World Bank loan on wheat

Jul. 26, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday voted to use a $150 million World Bank loan to pay for wheat imports into the cash-strapped country. Already in the throes of a crippling economic crisis, Lebanon is also struggling to cope with a food security crisis that has left half...

Smoldering Beirut port silo risks total collapse amid fire

Jul. 22, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister on Friday warned that the ruin of a massive grain silo risks total collapse due to an ongoing fire that's expanding amid the summer heat at the Beirut port where a devastating blast two years ago tore through the Mediterranean city. A fire in...