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Anti-government protesters stand atop a road sign and flash the victory sign as others block a main highway in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Protesters closed major roads in the capital Beirut and around wide parts of Lebanon paralyzing the country as the political crisis over the formation of a new government worsens. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Hezbollah warns of 'chaos' if Lebanon government delayed

Jan. 17, 2020 11:16 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Hezbollah official warned Friday that Lebanon could fall into chaos and “complete collapse” unless a new government is formed. Sheikh Ali Daamoush's comments came amid more bickering between politicians on the formation of a new Cabinet amid a crippling financial crisis...

Anti-government demonstrators hold a national flag as burning tires block a road during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Lebanese protesters Thursday decried security forces' use of violence during rallies over the past two days, including attacks on journalists and the detention of over 100 people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese protesters decry security forces' use of violence

Jan. 16, 2020 5:32 PM EST

Lebanese protesters Thursday decried security forces' use of violence during rallies over the past two days, including attacks on journalists and the detention of over 100 people. Dozens of people, including journalists, rallied outside the Interior Ministry denouncing what they said was the systematic use of...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, Junichiro Hironaka, a lawyer of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, attends a press conference in Tokyo. Hironaka, one of the Japanese lawyers for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has stepped down from that job after Ghosn fled the country. His move, announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, was widely expected after Ghosn fled to Lebanon late last month. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Ghosn's Japan lawyer quits after client's flight to Lebanon

Jan. 16, 2020 3:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — One of the Japanese lawyers for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has stepped down from that job after his client fled the country. Junichiro Hironaka had been representing Ghosn in his defense against financial misconduct charges. His move, announced Thursday, was widely expected after...

An anti-government protester receives helps after she was beaten by riot police, while she was was protesting outside a police headquarters demanding the release of those taken into custody the night before, outside a police headquarter, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Lebanese security forces arrested 59 people, the police said Wednesday, following clashes overnight outside the central bank as angry protesters vented their fury against the country's ruling elite and the worsening financial crisis. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Top UN official in Lebanon blasts politicians' inaction

Jan. 15, 2020 4:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The top U.N. official in Lebanon on Wednesday denounced acts of vandalism by protesters targeting the country's banks a day earlier. But the senior diplomat reserved his harshest words for Lebanese politicians, saying they had only themselves to blame for the chaos. The strongly worded...

FILE- In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, NATO forces attend the graduation ceremony of Afghan National Army soldiers from a 3-month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Iran warning puts thousands of European troops in spotlight

Jan. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A warning by Iran's president that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations join the U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic puts a focus on thousands of foreign troops in the region. Britain, France, and Germany have spent months...

Anti-government protesters break a bank security camera as other smashes the widows, during ongoing protests against the Lebanese central bank's governor and against the deepening financial crisis, at Hamra trade street, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Lebanese security forces lobbed tear gas at protesters who responded with rocks outside the country's central bank Tuesday, a violent turn after demonstrators returned to the streets following a weekslong lull. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Pitched clashes near Lebanon's central bank amid protests

Jan. 14, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who responded with rocks outside the country's central bank in pitched street battles that lasted for hours late Tuesday. The clashes ended a day of rallies that followed a lull in the three-months-long protests. The street...

An anti-government protester, right, argues with a police officer, as protesters blocking a main road during ongoing protests against the ruling elite of corruption and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis in decades, while protests against corruption and mismanagement have gripped the country since October. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanese protesters block road outside central bank

Jan. 13, 2020 5:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters used sandbags and bricks Monday to block a main street outside the country's central bank, protesting financial policies they say deepened a liquidity crunch. Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with the local currency losing over 60% of its value to...

A supporter of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah wears the words

Hezbollah says payback for US strike has just begun

Jan. 12, 2020 12:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Sunday that Iran's missile attacks on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces was only the start of the retaliation for America's killing a top Iranian general in a drone strike. Hassan Nasrallah described Iran's ballistic missile...

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. A lawyer for Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's former chairman who skipped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon, on Friday slammed a gaffe by the Japanese justice minister who said that Ghosn should “prove

Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day

Jan. 11, 2020 11:58 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A lawyer for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon while awaiting trial in Japan, said his client was questioned an average of seven hours a day without a lawyer present. Takashi Takano said on his blog post Saturday the questioning continued through weekends, Thanksgiving...

Druze men carry Sidqi al-Maqt, left, and Amal Abu Saleh as they wave Syrian flags upon their release from Israeli prison in the village of Majdal Shams on the border with Syria Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel frees 2 more Syrians in swap for soldier's remains

Jan. 10, 2020 12:26 PM EST

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AP) — Israel released two more Syrian prisoners back to the occupied Golan Heights on Friday, a second goodwill gesture to Russia for helping find the remains of an Israeli soldier missing for over 35 years. The latest release was part of a swap that began last April. That's...