Latest Beirut News

Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

DAMOUR, Lebanon (AP) — Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said. A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President...

Emiratis can again travel to Lebanon, after yearslong ban

Oct. 8, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says it will allow its citizens to again go to Lebanon, ending a yearslong ban on travel to the country. It says Emiratis can travel to Beirut from Tuesday. That's according to a statement late Monday night issued by the state-run WAM news agency....

US sanctions squeezing Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

Oct. 4, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab...

Lebanon's central bank secures dollars to cover some imports

Oct. 1, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's central bank issued guarantees Tuesday to secure U.S. dollars for local banks at the fixed official rate that would cover imports of fuel, wheat and medicine, a move aimed at easing the demand for dollars amid a worsening economic crisis. Hours after the statement by the central...

Lebanon central bank chief seeks to ease demand for dollars

Sep. 30, 2019 4:59 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's central bank governor says the bank will secure foreign currency for some imports in a move that is expected to ease the demand for hard currency. Riad Salameh's comments on Monday came a day after hundreds protested in Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon over a worsening economic...

Protests in Lebanon's capital over worsening economic crisis

Sep. 29, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese protested Sunday in the country's capital and other areas over an economic crisis that worsened over the past two weeks, with worries over dollar-reliant Lebanon's local currency losing value for the first time in more than two decades. Lebanon is facing a deep-running...

The Latest: Macron praises Chirac as 'statesman we loved'

Sep. 26, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on former French President Jacques Chirac's death (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Parisians and visitors are writing messages in condolence books left outside Paris city hall to pay tribute to former President Jacques Chirac, who died Thursday at age 86. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo...

Lebanese man back home after mistaken for hijacker in Greece

Sep. 25, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese journalist returned home to Beirut on Wednesday after being mistakenly detained last week in Greece on suspicion of involvement in a 1985 TWA airline hijacking. A Greek police statement said the name on the man's passport came up on a European police computer system as that of a...