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Riot police fire rubber bullets against the anti-government protesters, during ongoing protests against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Lebanese security forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside the country's Parliament on Sunday, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting in the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Violence escalates in Beirut as protesters clash with police

Jan. 19, 2020 3:53 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes Sunday with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside Lebanon's Parliament, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting. At least 114 people were injured in the protests, according to the Red Cross...

Anti-government demonstrators clash with riot police at a road leading to the parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Riot police fired tears gas and sprayed protesters with water cannons near parliament building to disperse thousands of people after riots broke out during a march against the ruling elite amid a severe economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Riots in Lebanon's capital leave more than 150 injured

Jan. 18, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Police fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in Lebanon's capital Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters amid some of the worst rioting since demonstrations against the country's ruling elite erupted three months ago. More than 150 people were injured. Thick white smoke covered...

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...

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...

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...

An injured woman cries out as she is assisted during an anti-government protest outside of the Beirut municipality in Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 10, 2010. Scuffles broke out between anti—government protesters calling for the ouster of the city's mayor and the governor of the province, and supporters of outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who handpicked them. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Lebanese protesters close road; scuffles injure 14 soldiers

Jan. 10, 2020 10:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters closed a major road in northern Lebanon, triggering scuffles with Lebanese troops that left more than a dozen soldiers injured, the Lebanese army said Friday. The incident occurred late Thursday night when protesters closed the Biddawi road near the northern city of Tripoli. They...

Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori speaks about Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn during a press conference at her ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Mori is denouncing Ghosn's criticism of the nation's criminal justice system. Mori said she wanted to prevent his spreading an

Ghosn's lawyer slams minister's gaffe on proving innocence

Jan. 10, 2020 4:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — 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" his innocence. Francois Zimeray said in a statement addressed to Justice Minister Masako Mori...

Posters of anti-government protesters who have been killed in demonstrations are displayed in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq is caught in the middle as Iran and U.S. trade blows

Jan. 9, 2020 3:37 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — For months, Iraqis have watched with deepening anxiety as tensions between Iran-backed militias and U.S. forces soared, fearing their long-beleaguered country would turn into a battleground for direct and open conflict between America and Iran. Those fears were realized in the past week when...