Latest Lebanon News

Rights groups urge UN probe mission for Beirut port blast

Jun. 15, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of international and regional rights groups on Tuesday urged member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mission into last year’s massive deadly blast at Beirut’s port. Human Rights Watch said the call was made...

Lebanon's currency reaches new low as crisis deepens

Jun. 13, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s currency hit a new low on Sunday, as the country's economic and political crisis worsened with no apparent solutions in the near future. The currency has lost more than 90% of its value since October 2019, when anti-government protests erupted....

Pharmacies close doors over shortages in crises-hit Lebanon

Jun. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Pharmacies across Lebanon shuttered their doors on Friday to protest severe shortages of medicines as motorists lined up for hours outside gas stations since the crack of dawn. The two-day strike called by pharmacists over lack of supplies, including...

No more kidney dialysis? Lebanese hospitals issue warning

Jun. 10, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in Lebanon warned Thursday they may be forced to suspend kidney dialysis next week due to severe shortages in supplies, the latest in Lebanon’s accelerating crises and collapsing health sector. Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

2 winners of May special elections sworn in to state Senate

Jun. 09, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected state senators from Lebanon and Scranton took their oaths of office Wednesday, less than a month after the two won separate special elections to fill vacancies. Sen. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, was most recently a state...

In Lebanon, a search for medicine and a stranger's help

Jun. 09, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

To all the struggles of life in Lebanon — the pandemic, the power outages, the inflation, the punishing financial and political crises — add one more: shortages of crucial medications. But as residents struggle to find the medicines they need, some are finding that...

Lebanon grants limited access to bank deposits amid crisis

Jun. 08, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s central bank said Tuesday that depositors will be allowed to withdraw limited monthly amounts from their foreign currency accounts, nearly 20 months after banks denied them access amid a severe financial crisis. The move is a small step toward...

Iran cleric who founded Hezbollah, survived book bomb, dies

Jun. 07, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a Shiite cleric who as Iran's ambassador to Syria helped found the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and lost his right hand to a book bombing reportedly carried out by Israel, died Monday of the coronavirus. He was 74. ...

France opens graft probe into Lebanon's central bank chief

Jun. 07, 2021 07:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French national financial prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation into the actions of Lebanon’s central bank governor involving potential money laundering, the prosecutor’s office said Monday. The French move came months after...