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Canadian citizen freed from Syria after Lebanese mediation

Aug. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Canadian citizen held in Syrian prisons since last year and freed after Lebanese mediation said Friday he had no idea if anyone knew he was still alive. Kristian Lee Baxter appeared emotional and at times jittery at a press conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut. The Lebanese general who...

Lebanon festival drops popular band after Christian pressure

Jul. 30, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An international music festival in Lebanon said Tuesday that it has cancelled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as online threats...

Lebanese rock band takes center stage in freedoms debate

Jul. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression — this time over a planned concert in its hometown in Lebanon. Church leaders and conservative...

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Jul. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran,...

Scuffles near Lebanon parliament before vote on budget

Jul. 18, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of protesters scuffled with Lebanese security forces guarding the country's parliament Thursday just as lawmakers were meeting ahead of a final vote on a controversial austerity budget. The protesters, most of them army veterans, were pushed back and moved down the road, where they...

Lebanese parliament convenes on budget amid tight security

Jul. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Under tight security, Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday began discussing the draft 2019 state budget that aims to avert a financial crisis in the heavily indebted country by raising taxes and cutting public spending. The discussions were being held amid limited protests against proposed austerity...

Lebanon lawmaker in violent standoff with ex-son-in-law

Jul. 14, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leaked police report says a Lebanese lawmaker from the Hezbollah group and a dozen gunmen attempted to storm a police station following a family dispute involving a high-speed car chase. Nawaf Musawi's daughter and her ex-husband were inside the police station Sunday south of Beirut,...

Lebanon leaders condemn US sanctions on Hezbollah lawmakers

Jul. 10, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president and parliament speaker decried on Wednesday new U.S. sanctions targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers, as the prime minister sought to reassure the public the fragile economy won't be affected. The country's top leaders were reacting a day after the U.S. Treasury Department...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...

Lebanese authorities to investigate deadly shooting

Jul. 1, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's top defense council has ordered an investigation into a deadly shooting that left two people dead and others wounded. The Higher Defense Council held a meeting Monday attended by the president, prime minister, Cabinet ministers and heads of Lebanon's security and military agencies....