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Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma

Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's abduction in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life. The woman, who identified herself as Mae from a government stronghold in the...

Saudi Arabia lifts travel warning to Lebanon

Feb. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon says the kingdom has lifted a 15-month warning that had advised its citizens not to travel to Beirut. Walid Bukhari made the statement in Beirut on Wednesday following a meeting between Saudi royal court envoy Nizar al-Aloula and Prime Minister Saad...

Fierce battles near final IS foothold in eastern Syria

Feb. 11, 2019 3:15 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish news agencies and a Syrian war monitor said. An...

Lebanon to boycott Warsaw conference seen as hostile to Iran

Feb. 11, 2019 11:15 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon said Monday it will not take part in a Middle East conference in Poland this week that is widely seen as an effort to isolate Iran. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil made the announcement during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on a...

Iran FM extends support for new Lebanese government

Feb. 10, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran's foreign minister extended an offer for Iranian military assistance to the U.S.-backed Lebanese army on Sunday, saying Iran is ready to assist in all sectors should the Lebanese government want it. Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to reporters Sunday at Beirut's airport shortly after his...

Lebanese PM calls on Italy to increase investment in Lebanon

Feb. 7, 2019 7:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister urged his Italian counterpart on Thursday to have Italian companies invest in his country as it grapples with deepening economic challenges. "The coming period in Lebanon is a period of work ... with many investment opportunities," Saad Hariri told visiting Italian...

Syria says US-led coalition hit its forces in the east

Feb. 3, 2019 10:32 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military said the U.S.-led coalition attacked one of its artillery positions in the country's east, wounding two soldiers and destroying a cannon, according to state media reports on Sunday. The spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Sean Ryan said their partner forces acted in...

Lebanon's new Cabinet vows to face economic challenges

Feb. 2, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new Cabinet held its first meeting Saturday and the country's leaders vowed to deal swiftly with the political and economic challenges the country faces, while playing down the militant Hezbollah group's takeover of the health ministry. The comments came a day after Washington...

Review: Beirut's new album is a celebration of cultures

Feb. 1, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Beirut, "Gallipoli" (4AD) Front-man Zach Condon of indie folk rock band Beirut has a penchant for world music, pulling various cultural influences into every record he's made. "Gallipoli" feels especially inspired. Some of the zest lacking in the band's 2015 album "No No No" is fully realized in this new album....

US warns Lebanon's Hezbollah not to funnel ministry's money

Feb. 1, 2019 1:12 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. is concerned about the militant Hezbollah group naming a health minister and two other posts in Lebanon's Cabinet and called on the new government to ensure the ministries' resources do not provide support to the organization, the State Department said Friday. Deputy spokesman Robert...