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A protester shouts slogans in front of army soldiers during a protest against a parliament session vote of confidence for the new government in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Clashes broke out Tuesday between Lebanese protesters and security forces near the parliament building in central Beirut, where the new Cabinet is scheduled to submit its policy statement ahead of a vote of confidence. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's int'l backers lend their support to new premier

Feb. 12, 2020 12:19 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's international backers said Wednesday they supported its new Cabinet, while urging it to swiftly tackle the country's snowballing crises amid ongoing anti-government protests. The group urged Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government to commit to major reforms that would “stop...

Riot police spray anti-government protesters with water cannons during a protest against a parliament session preparing a vote of confidence for the new government in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese Cabinet wins vote of confidence from Parliament

Feb. 11, 2020 1:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new Cabinet won a vote of confidence from Parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for it to try and tackle the country's crippling economic and financial crisis, despite a day of protests and riots that left nearly 400 people injured. Prime Minister Hassan Diab's Cabinet, which is...

FILE - In this June 2016 file photo, provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father, Amer Fakhoury, holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. Lebanese Judicial officials said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, that a military investigative judge has charged Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese-American, with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens. The charges could carry a death sentence. Fakhoury allegedly committed the crimes during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon. Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the U.S. in September. He's also undergoing cancer treatment, and may not be able to stand trial. (Guila Fakhoury via AP, File)

Lebanese-American who worked for Israel charged with murder

Feb. 4, 2020 4:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A military investigative judge charged a Lebanese-American man with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens Tuesday, crimes he allegedly committed during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon, judicial officials said. The accusations could carry a death sentence. Amer Fakhoury is accused of...

In this Jan. 27, 2020 photo, anti-government protesters, who were injured during clashing with riot police, pose for a group picture after a check up with an ophthalmologist at a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. The five pledged that they’ll be back in the streets soon. Such resolve signals that demands for sweeping government reforms won’t be squashed easily, even as security forces resort to more violent means of crowd control, such as rubber bullets. (AP Photo/A.J. Naddaff)

Bloodied but determined, Lebanese protesters take stock

Feb. 4, 2020 5:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — At a Beirut hospital ward, five Lebanese protesters with bandaged eyes and faces huddled in a circle, their arms wrapped around each other, and they vowed to be back on the streets soon, despite their wounds from recent clashes with police. “We are coming back,” said one of...

Protesters throw stone during a protest is held against the proposed peace deal for the Middle East by President Donald Trump, near the U.S. embassy in Aukar, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians demonstrated Sunday near the U.S. embassy in Lebanon in rejection to a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Protesters outside US Embassy in Lebanon decry Trump plan

Feb. 2, 2020 8:27 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 200 Lebanese and Palestinians held a protest Sunday near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon against a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Protesters waving Palestinian flags gathered on a road leading to the embassy northeast of Beirut amid tight security by...

CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT TO HASSAN AMMAR Anti-government protesters chant slogans, during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government in front of the Central Bank, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar )

Protesters march in Lebanon to reject new government

Feb. 1, 2020 1:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese marched on Saturday through the streets of the capital and the main northern city to reject a new government named to deal with an economic crisis, which they say lacks a popular mandate. The new government named in January came after weeks of political stalemate and...

A Palestinian woman holds a symbolic of the Palestine flag with Arabic words that read:

Palestinian refugees insulted by Trump's 'shameful' deal

Jan. 29, 2020 1:21 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — “Insulting.” “Shameful." “A disgrace.” Those were some of the words used by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon on Wednesday to describe a White House plan for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict. At refugee camps across the country, Palestinians staged...

A woman reacts as anti-government protesters clash with police in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Lebanese security forces scuffled Monday with protesters near the parliament building in downtown Beirut where lawmakers are scheduled to begin a two-day discussion and later approval of the budget amid a crippling financial crisis. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Clashes in crisis-hit Lebanon as lawmakers pass budget

Jan. 27, 2020 11:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers on Monday passed a controversial state budget for 2020 that aims to tackle the country's crippling financial crisis, as angry protesters threw stones at security forces massed outside the Parliament. Security forces were heavily deployed during the legislative meeting and...

Riot police sprayed anti-government protesters with water cannons as they try to cross to the central government building during ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Hundreds of Lebanese gathered outside the central government building to reject the newly formed Cabinet, while some protesters breached tight security erected around it, removing a metal gate and barbed wire prompting a stream of water cannons from security forces. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese protesters rally downtown despite enhanced security

Jan. 25, 2020 1:33 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese gathered outside Beirut's central government building Saturday to reject the newly formed Cabinet. Protesters breached tight security around the building, removing a metal gate and barbed wire and prompting security forces to respond with water cannon and tear gas. The...

A man rides his bicycle next to a concrete wall installed by authorities to blocks a road leading to the parliament building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Arabic on the wall reads

Lebanon at a crossroads after 100 days of protests

Jan. 24, 2020 1:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — When Nazih Khalaf heard that protests were taking place Oct. 17 in Lebanon’s capital over government plans to impose new taxes, he was just returning from south of Beirut where he’d been working to put out deadly wildfires that had been raging for days. The 42-year-old media...