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Lebanon’s outgoing PM blasts president’s party over delays

Nov. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s political crisis worsened Sunday with the outgoing prime minister harshly criticizing the party of the country’s president, blaming it for weeks of delay in forming a new Cabinet amid ongoing anti-government protests. A statement released by Saad Hariri’s office...

Lebanese police to boost security near banks amid unrest

Nov. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces will boost measures near the country’s banks that have been closed for more than a week over fears by employees for their safety amid nationwide unrest, police said Saturday. Police said in a statement that there will be more patrols near banks and two...

Major roads reopened in Lebanon after 2-day closure

Nov. 14, 2019 8:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops reopened major roads around Lebanon Thursday after a two-day closure triggered by a TV interview with President Michel Aoun in which he called on protesters to go home. The roads linking Beirut with the country’s south and north were opened shortly before noon Thursday,...

AP Explains: Lebanon’s protests could head into dark turn

Nov. 13, 2019 4:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — For nearly a month, the popular protests engulfing Lebanon have been startlingly peaceful. But the shooting death of a 38-year-old father by a soldier, the first such fatality in the unrest, points to the dangerous, dark turn the country could be heading into. The protests exploded into the...

Lebanon protests sliding into violence amid impasse

Nov. 13, 2019 11:26 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A man opened fire with a shotgun over the heads of protesters in a town north of Beirut on Wednesday. It was the second shooting incident in as many days amid nationwide protests and as tensions rose in Lebanon between supporters and opponents of President Michel Aoun. There were no...

First death reported in nationwide protests wracking Lebanon

Nov. 12, 2019 6:17 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A local official for a Lebanese political party was shot dead by soldiers trying to open a road closed by protesters in southern Beirut late Tuesday, the army reported, marking the first death in 27 days of nationwide protests. An army statement said the man was shot in the Khaldeh...

Lebanon's Central Bank tries to calm nerves amid crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 8:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The governor of Lebanon's Central Bank sought to calm nerves on Monday amid a worsening economic and financial crisis, pledging to work on safeguarding the stability of the national currency and protecting bank deposits. Riad Salameh told reporters at a packed press conference that the bank...

Lebanese banks urge calm amid financial crisis, protests

Nov. 9, 2019 1:21 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese bankers and government officials tried to calm a worried public Saturday amid the country's major financial crisis, telling them that all deposits are guaranteed and "there is no need for panic." The country's financial troubles have worsened since nationwide protests —...

World Bank warns of grave risks to Lebanon's stability

Nov. 8, 2019 12:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The World Bank on Friday urged Lebanon to form a new Cabinet "within a week" to prevent further degradation and loss of confidence in its economy, warning of grave risks to the country's stability amid a worsening fiscal and economic crisis. Saroj Kumar Jha, the organization's regional...

The Latest: World Bank official raises alarm on Lebanon

Nov. 8, 2019 11:04 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Lebanon (all times local): 6 p.m. The World Bank's regional director is urging Lebanon to form a new Cabinet "within a week" to prevent further degradation and loss of confidence in its economy. Saroj Kumar Jha told The Associated Press on Friday that the...