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Lebanon's currency plumbs new record lows as crisis deepens

Jun. 13, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s local currency hit a new record low on Sunday, with the country's economic and political crisis worsening with no apparent solutions in the near future. The currency has lost more than 90% of its value since October 2019, when anti-government...

No more kidney dialysis? Lebanese hospitals issue warning

Jun. 10, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in Lebanon warned Thursday they may be forced to suspend kidney dialysis next week due to severe shortages in supplies, the latest in Lebanon’s accelerating crises and collapsing health sector. Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented...

Lebanese leaders exchange barbs as country sinks into crisis

Jun. 02, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president and prime minister-designate traded barbs Wednesday, accusing one another of obstruction, negligence and insolence in a war or words that has for months obstructed the formation of a new government as the country sinks deeper into economic and financial...

Lebanon receives French report regarding Beirut port blast

May. 31, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon on Monday received a preliminary report from France regarding last year’s massive port blast in Beirut that killed and wounded thousands, judicial officials said. The officials said the French report is useful for the ongoing investigation in...

Pope invites Lebanese Christians to Vatican for peace prayer

May. 30, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has invited representatives of Lebanon’s Christian community to the Vatican on July 1 for a day of prayer and reflection “about the worrisome situation in the country.” Francis announced the encounter during his Sunday noon...

UAE, Saudis summon Lebanon ambassadors over FM's comments

May. 18, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates summoned their Lebanese ambassadors Tuesday to protest televised remarks by Lebanon’s foreign minister, in which he suggested Gulf countries provided backing to extremists. The head of the Gulf Cooperation...

French FM in Lebanon with tough message for its leaders

May. 06, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — France's foreign minister on Thursday warned Lebanese officials that France would impose additional measures targeting those obstructing the formation of a new government in the crises-hit Mideast nation. Tweeting ahead of his arrival in Beirut, Jean-Yves...

As Lebanese cry for justice, politics paralyzes the system

May. 04, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Even after she was taken off an investigation into alleged financial crimes by a money transfer company, the defiant Lebanese prosecutor charged ahead. She showed up at the company’s offices outside of Beirut with a group of supporters and a metal worker, who broke open the...

France to restrict suspect Lebanese officials from entering

Apr. 29, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will restrict Lebanese officials suspected of corruption or obstructing the formation of a government from entering the country, the foreign minister said Thursday. The move is the latest French effort to pressure Lebanese leaders to end a dangerous...

Pope meets with Lebanon's PM-designate, urges end of crises

Apr. 22, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday and urged all Lebanese political leaders to “urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation," as the country endures a series of crises and disagreements that have prevented the...