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US voices concern over Hezbollah's role in Lebanese Cabinet

Feb. 19, 2019 11:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon expressed concerns Tuesday over the militant Hezbollah group's growing role in the new Cabinet, saying it does not contribute to stability. Hezbollah, which also takes part in elections, has named a health minister and two other posts in Lebanon's Cabinet. U.S....

Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against IS

Feb. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria. Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah...

Hezbollah denies US charges it has cells in Venezuela

Feb. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has denied U.S. assertions that it has cells in Venezuela saying the Latin American nation "does not need them." Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday that his Iran-backed group is in "solidarity with the political leadership and state of...

Lebanon's Cabinet wins vote of confidence in parliament

Feb. 15, 2019 4:42 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's parliament gave the new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri a vote of confidence after days of heated debates and harsh verbal exchanges. Late Friday, 111 legislators voted in favor while six voted against of the 128-member legislature. Eleven were absent. A government policy...

Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma

Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's abduction in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life. The woman, who identified herself as Mae from a government stronghold in the...

UN Palestinian refugees agency to work to preserve services

Feb. 13, 2019 12:28 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says the group's staff "will convene all our energy" to preserve all services through 2019 despite funding cuts. Pierre Krahenbuhl told reporters Wednesday that the UNRWA was able to keep all schools and health centers in camps around...

UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute

Feb. 13, 2019 11:34 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen Iranian assets. The U.S. Supreme Court awarded the money to victims of a 1983...

Saudi Arabia lifts travel warning to Lebanon

Feb. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon says the kingdom has lifted a 15-month warning that had advised its citizens not to travel to Beirut. Walid Bukhari made the statement in Beirut on Wednesday following a meeting between Saudi royal court envoy Nizar al-Aloula and Prime Minister Saad...

US delivers laser-guided rockets to Lebanese military

Feb. 13, 2019 10:14 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The American Embassy in Lebanon says the United States has delivered laser-guided rockets valued at more than $16 million to the Lebanese army. In a statement, it says the rockets delivered Wednesday are a key component for a fleet of A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft previously delivered....

Lebanon's Parliament begins discussing government's policy

Feb. 12, 2019 8:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Members of Lebanon's Parliament have begun discussing the new government's policy statement, which focuses on improving the country's economic conditions. Prime Minister Saad Hariri began the meeting Tuesday by reading the statement, which calls for reforms in state finances, the economy and...