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'Get up!' Pope prays that Lebanon can get back on its feet

Nov. 25, 2021 10:38 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis told Lebanon’s prime minister on Thursday that he was praying that God would help Lebanon “get up” and get back on its feet following an unprecedented economic crisis that has thrown three quarters of the country’s 6 million people, including a million...

Lebanon's interior minister: crisis with Gulf could worsen

Nov. 23, 2021 14:32 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s interior minister said Tuesday that every delay in resolving the diplomatic crisis with Gulf nations threatens to affect the lives of more Lebanese already reeling from a massive economic crisis. Bassam Mawlawi said resolving the crisis begins...

Lebanese navy rescues distressed boat carrying migrants

Nov. 20, 2021 13:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's navy rescued a boat carrying migrants that had left the country, heading west across the Mediterranean Sea, but broke down off the coast, the prime minister’s office said Saturday. It was the latest case of desperate people — mostly Lebanese,...

US congressmen in Lebanon over crippling economic crisis

Nov. 20, 2021 10:12 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of U.S. congressmen held meetings Saturday with Lebanon’s top leaders during a fact-finding mission to the Middle East nation roiled by an unprecedented economic crisis. The delegation is to report to President Joe Biden and the Congress and...

Turkey offers to help Lebanon with crisis with Gulf nations

Nov. 16, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday his country is ready to offer whatever support it can to help mend relations between Lebanon and Gulf Arab nations, embroiled in an unprecedented diplomatic rift. The spat with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states...

UN envoy sounds alarm on Lebanese crises, rising poverty

Nov. 12, 2021 14:44 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is a failing state that has also failed its people, leaving them struggling with converging crises that have impoverished the population and eroded trust in authorities, a U.N. expert said Friday. Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur...

Diplomats concerned Gulf spat could harm Lebanese in region

Nov. 10, 2021 09:27 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s ambassadors who were recently asked to leave Bahrain and Saudi Arabia amid an unprecedented diplomatic spat with Gulf countries expressed fear Wednesday the dispute could harm the interests of Lebanese living in the region. The warning, which...

Arab League envoy in Beirut to mediate Lebanon-Saudi rift

Nov. 08, 2021 12:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A top Arab League envoy was in Beirut on Monday to explore ways to resolve an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia that emerged following comments by Lebanon's information minister on Yemen's civil war. The minister had...

Lebanon's PM says preliminary talks with IMF moving forward

Nov. 08, 2021 11:45 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister said Monday that preliminary talks with the International Monetary Fund are moving forward as the small nation works to pull itself out of one of the world's worst economic crises in more than a century. Najib Mikati said during...

Lebanon PM renews call for minister in Gulf Arab row to quit

Nov. 04, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister on Thursday again urged the information minister to “do what needs to be done,” an apparent appeal for him step down over an unprecedented diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia. The spat has threatened to destabilize the new...