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Lebanon's government approves sweeping reforms amid protests

Oct. 21, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Cabinet approved a package of economic reforms and a 2020 budget with no new taxes on Monday, hoping to appease the thousands of protesters that have taken to the streets for the last five days to demand the government step down. Prime Minister Saad Hariri described the measures as...

The Latest: Lebanese PM announces sweeping economic reforms

Oct. 21, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Lebanon's anti-government protests (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Lebanon's Cabinet has approved sweeping reforms that it hopes will appease hundreds of thousands of people who have been protesting for days, calling on Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government to resign. Hariri told...

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese protesters flood streets

Oct. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages flooded major cities and towns nationwide Sunday demanding an end to corruption and the rule of the country's political elite. Each hour brought hundreds more people to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in four...

Lebanon's Nasrallah says he's against government resignation

Oct. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's influential Hezbollah leader said Saturday he is against the government's resignation as nationwide protests gained momentum on their third day, calling for the removal of the country's political elite. Hassan Nasrallah said the current unity government should instead bring "a new...

The Latest: Lebanon party pulls out of embattled government

Oct. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 12:20 a.m. A Lebanese Christian leader has asked his four ministers in the Cabinet to resign amid nationwide protests against the country's political elite. Samir Geagea, who heads the right-wing Lebanese Forces party, said...

Faced with protests, Lebanon PM blames own gov't for crisis

Oct. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister gave his partners in government a 72-hour ultimatum to come up with "convincing" solutions for a rapidly worsening economic crisis, as nationwide protests against the country's entire ruling political class escalated. The blaze of protests was unleashed a day earlier...

The Latest: Protesters meet with Lebanese president Aoun

Oct. 18, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations against proposed new taxes amid economic crisis in Lebanon (all times local): 10:15 p.m. President Michel Aoun has received a delegation representing protesters and told them that he will do all he can to "ease your suffering." Aoun's office posted a photo of the...

Protests spread across Lebanon over proposed new taxes

Oct. 17, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Beirut early Friday after they tried to push through security barriers around the government headquarters amid some of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years. The riots left two people dead and...

Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

DAMOUR, Lebanon (AP) — Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said. A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds...

Emiratis can again travel to Lebanon, after yearslong ban

Oct. 8, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says it will allow its citizens to again go to Lebanon, ending a yearslong ban on travel to the country. It says Emiratis can travel to Beirut from Tuesday. That's according to a statement late Monday night issued by the state-run WAM news agency....