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Lebanon's PM vows strict austerity reforms to avoid crash

Apr. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday that Lebanon is heading toward an economic "catastrophe" unless the government implements strict austerity measures to reduce a ballooning budget deficit and massive national debt. The stark warning came shortly after parliament passed amendments...

Lebanon to US delegation: Beirut rejects Golan's recognition

Apr. 12, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president has told a visiting American delegation that Beirut rejects the U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights because it includes Lebanese areas annexed by Israel. Michel Aoun told the delegation that included Republican U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger...

AP PHOTOS: Decades on, war-scarred Beirut buildings remain

Apr. 12, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — They are a common sight around Beirut, but their presence barely registers with Lebanese citizens anymore. Nearly 30 years after civil war guns fell silent, dozens of bullet-scarred, shell-pocked buildings are still standing — testimony to a brutal conflict that raged for 15 years and...

Lebanon's Hezbollah warns US pressure on Iran may backfire

Apr. 10, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and warned that the group and its allies may respond to further escalation. Hassan Nasrallah said the Trump...

Lebanon announces 2nd round of bidding for energy licenses

Apr. 5, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's energy minister has announced a second round of bidding for licenses to search offshore for oil a day after the cabinet approved it. Energy Minister Nada Boustani said the deadline for companies to submit their offers for five of the country's 10 offshore blocks is Jan. 31, 2020....

Venezuelan FM visits anti-US allies in Mideast

Apr. 3, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Venezuela's foreign minister, meeting with anti-U.S. allies in the Middle East, said Wednesday that opposition leader Juan Guaidó is in breach of the constitution and that the judiciary has to "take care" of it. Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, loyal to President Nicolas...

Lebanon PM returns to Beirut after heart procedure in Paris

Mar. 29, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister has returned to Beirut from Paris where he underwent a heart procedure. Saad Hariri's office said the 48-year-old premier returned late Thursday but is not expected to carry out official functions until next week. Hariri on Monday underwent an hour-long procedure to...

Trump acceptance of Israeli control of Golan sparks protests

Mar. 26, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Thousands of Syrians gathered Tuesday in different cities to protest President Donald Trump's formal recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a move that sparked widespread international condemnation, including from a number of U.S. allies. Ambassadors...

Israel, Gaza militants in 2nd day of cross-border fighting

Mar. 26, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel early Tuesday, the second day of cross-border fighting that erupted in the last stretch of a closely contested race for Israeli prime minister between the long-serving incumbent and an...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...