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French FM in Lebanon with tough message for its leaders

May. 06, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — France's foreign minister on Thursday warned Lebanese officials that France would impose additional measures targeting those obstructing the formation of a new government in the crises-hit Mideast nation. Tweeting ahead of his arrival in Beirut, Jean-Yves...

As Lebanese cry for justice, politics paralyzes the system

May. 04, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Even after she was taken off an investigation into alleged financial crimes by a money transfer company, the defiant Lebanese prosecutor charged ahead. She showed up at the company’s offices outside of Beirut with a group of supporters and a metal worker, who broke open the...

France to restrict suspect Lebanese officials from entering

Apr. 29, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will restrict Lebanese officials suspected of corruption or obstructing the formation of a government from entering the country, the foreign minister said Thursday. The move is the latest French effort to pressure Lebanese leaders to end a dangerous...

Pope meets with Lebanon's PM-designate, urges end of crises

Apr. 22, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday and urged all Lebanese political leaders to “urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation," as the country endures a series of crises and disagreements that have prevented the...

US warns of punitive actions for Lebanese blocking reforms

Apr. 15, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official warned Thursday that Lebanese politicians who continue to block reforms in the crisis-hit country could face punitive actions by Washington and its allies. U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs David Hale did not...

German firms put forward proposal to rebuild Beirut port

Apr. 09, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives of several German companies on Friday outlined a multi-billion-dollar plan to rebuild the port of Beirut and surrounding neighborhoods that had been devastated by a massive explosion last year. The horrific Aug. 4 explosion of nearly 3,000...

France heightens pressure on Lebanon to form government

Mar. 29, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s foreign minister has cranked up pressure on Lebanese leaders to form a government, urging them in personal phone calls for an immediate halt to what he called “deliberate obstruction” that’s driving the country toward collapse. Jean-Yves Le...

Cabinet talks in Lebanon break down, heralding more collapse

Mar. 22, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters blocked some roads in the Lebanese capital with burning tires Monday after talks on the formation of a new Cabinet broke down, heralding more economic and financial collapse for the small Arab country. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri made...

Lebanese PM-designate: Cabinet needed to restore trust, hope

Mar. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate said Thursday that a government that could restart talks with the International Monetary Fund would be the main way to halt the country’s rapid economic collapse, adding there was still opportunity to form such a Cabinet. ...

Russian FM discusses Middle Eastern affairs with Hezbollah

Mar. 18, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister discussed the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East on Monday with a delegation from the militant Hezbollah group, which paid a rare visit to Moscow. The visit by the four-member Hezbollah delegation comes as Lebanon is mired...