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Kuwaiti minister in Lebanon over diplomatic row with gulf

Jan. 22, 2022 14:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Kuwait’s foreign minister handed Lebanese officials Saturday a list of suggestions for confidence-building measures with oil-rich Gulf states after relations between the two sides deteriorated dramatically in recent months. The visit by Sheikh Ahmed Nasser...

Hezbollah, ally end Cabinet boycott in crisis-hit Lebanon

Jan. 15, 2022 13:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and its main Shiite ally said Saturday they are ending their boycott of Cabinet meetings after a three-month deadlock that has worsened the small nation’s unprecedented economic meltdown. The two Shiite groups said in a joint...

Lebanese judge issues travel ban for central bank governor

Jan. 11, 2022 13:37 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese judge Tuesday issued a travel ban for the country’s central bank governor, state-run National News Agency and a lawyer said. The move comes after a corruption lawsuit accused him of embezzlement and dereliction of duty during the country's financial meltdown, . ...

Lebanon's pound hits low of 30,000 to a dollar amid crisis

Jan. 04, 2022 13:26 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s currency hit a new low Tuesday reaching 20 times its value on the black market since the economic meltdown began in late 2019 and likely throwing more people into poverty. The pound was trading at 30,000 to 1 U.S. dollar on the black market as the economic...

Hezbollah leader launches verbal attack against Saudi king

Jan. 03, 2022 14:49 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group verbally attacked the king of Saudi Arabia on Monday, saying Riyadh helped spread extremist Islamic ideology worldwide and is taking the thousands of Lebanese who work in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region “hostage.” ...

Lebanese premier expects draft deal with IMF within weeks

Dec. 28, 2021 12:30 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister said Tuesday that his government's talks with the International Monetary Fund are inching closer to a “final formula” for a draft on an agreement before the end of February. Najib Mikati said the Cabinet — which has not met since Oct....

Lebanon's president calls for an end to government paralysis

Dec. 27, 2021 14:58 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president called Monday for an end to an 11-week deadlock that has prevented the government from convening, further undermining state institutions in the country amid an economic meltdown. President Michel Aoun implicitly blamed his powerful ally...

UN chief warns Lebanon Cabinet paralysis may dampen support

Dec. 21, 2021 13:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. chief warned Tuesday that the international community is unlikely to come forth with much-needed support for Lebanon amid its persistent government paralysis and as the country struggles through a “very dramatic” crisis. Antonio Guterres’ remarks came...

UN chief calls for impartial probe into Beirut Port blast

Dec. 20, 2021 11:38 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. chief called on Monday for an impartial and transparent investigation into last year's massive Beirut port explosion to ensure justice, after paying tribute to the victims of the blast. The Aug. 4, 2020 blast has been described as one of the largest...

France to work with Saudis to resolve crisis with Lebanon

Dec. 04, 2021 14:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, in a significant gesture amid an unprecedented crisis between Lebanon and Saudi...