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Scuffles near Lebanon parliament before vote on budget

Jul. 18, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of protesters have scuffled with Lebanese security guarding the country's parliament just as lawmakers met to vote on a controversial austerity budget. The protesters, most of them army veterans, have been camped near parliament for three days to oppose a draft bill that aims to cut...

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,...

Israel threatens 'crushing' response to any Hezbollah strike

Jul. 14, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says it will deliver a "crushing" strike against Hezbollah if the Lebanese militant group attempts to attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reacting to comments made by Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah. In an interview Friday, Nasrallah boasted that his...

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

Hezbollah leader: US sanctions offense to Lebanese state

Jul. 12, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah says U.S. sanctions against two lawmakers from his group are an offense to Lebanese state institutions which would need to defend themselves. For the first time, U.S. Treasury targeted currently seated Hezbollah lawmakers, saying they are suspected of using their...

The Latest: UN chief calls for 'maximum restraint' in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling for "maximum restraint" in the Persian Gulf region and warning all parties that a new confrontation "would be a...

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...

Treasury targets 2 Lebanese lawmakers, Hezbollah official

Jul. 9, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Tuesday targeted a Hezbollah security official and two members of Lebanon's parliament suspected of using their positions to further the aims of the Tehran-backed militia and "bolster Iran's malign activities." It's the first time that the U.S. has targeted...

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...