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Lebanon protesters scuffle with lawmaker's bodyguards

Dec. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese soldiers had to separate protesters and the bodyguards of a member of parliament after scuffles broke out under heavy rain Monday evening between the two sides in the northern city of Tripoli, leaving at least one person injured. Tripoli has witnessed some of the largest protests...

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital

Dec. 9, 2019 11:07 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A rainstorm paralyzed parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut on Monday, turning streets to small rivers, stranding motorists inside their vehicles and damaging homes in some areas. The flooding came as protesters have been holding nearly two months of demonstrations against the country's...

Main Lebanon PM candidate withdraws from consideration

Dec. 8, 2019 6:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A possible candidate for prime minister of Lebanon said Sunday he is withdrawing from consideration for the post, prolonging the country's political crisis. Samir Khatib said the country's top Sunni religious authority told him the community supports the re-appointment of former Prime...

Lebanese women march in Beirut against sexual harassment

Dec. 7, 2019 12:38 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Scores of women marched through the streets of Beirut on Saturday to protest sexual harassment and bullying and demanding rights including the passing of citizenship to children of Lebanese women married to foreigners. The march started outside the American University of Beirut, west of the...

Lebanese PM asks friendly nations for credit amid crisis

Dec. 6, 2019 8:57 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's outgoing prime minister called on several Arab and world leaders Friday to help his country secure credit lines for imports from friendly nations as the tiny Mediterranean country passes through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. According to a statement released by...

Lebanese central bank slashes interest rates amid crisis

Dec. 4, 2019 1:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s central bank on Wednesday dramatically lowered interest rates on dollar and Lebanese pound deposits and loans — the latest measure to shore up the country’s banking system amid a burgeoning economic crisis. Banque de Liban also announced that for the next six...

Lebanon’s outgoing PM backs businessman to replace him

Dec. 3, 2019 8:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...

Lebanese army separates rival protests near president palace

Dec. 1, 2019 12:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s armed forces have deployed near the presidential palace east of Beirut to prevent friction between rival Lebanese protesters as the stalemate over forming a crisis government continues. Anti-government protesters had called for a rally Sunday outside the Presidential Palace...

Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests

Nov. 29, 2019 3:43 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A day after more than 40 protesters were killed by security forces, Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday that he would submit his resignation to parliament, a step that carried uncertainty for the entire government and stirred fears of a possible political crisis. The move by Adel...

Gas station strike paralyzes Lebanon as crisis deepens

Nov. 29, 2019 1:06 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Angry motorists blocked roads with their vehicles in Beirut and other parts of Lebanon on Friday, creating traffic jams to protest a strike by owners of gas stations demanding an increase in gasoline prices as the local currency drops and the nation slides deeper into a financial crisis. The...