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Cyprus president and Lebanese caretaker premier urge EU financial aid to curb migration from Lebanon

Apr. 08, 2024 09:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese caretaker prime minister and the Cypriot president are calling on the European Union to provide financial support to help cash-strapped Lebanon stop migrants from reaching European shores. President Nikos Christodoulides’ visit to Beirut Monday,...

Lebanese authorities detain suspected French drug dealer days after releasing him on bail

Mar. 22, 2024 11:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities Friday detained a suspected French drug dealer a few days after releasing him on bail, judicial officials said. The officials said members of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate detained Abdel Karim Touil at the request of the country’s...

Lebanese, French officials float a plan to rebuild Beirut port nearly 4 years after huge explosion

Mar. 13, 2024 08:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Three and a half years after hundreds of tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate ignited at the Beirut port, setting off one of the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosions, Lebanese and French officials put forward a plan for reconstruction and reorganization of the port...

Israel's air force strikes deep inside Lebanon, killing 2 people, after Hezbollah downs a drone

Feb. 26, 2024 13:15 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Israeli military said its air force on Monday struck targets of the militant Hezbollah group “deep inside Lebanon,” as Lebanese officials said targets were hit near the northeastern city of Baalbek. At least two Hezbollah members were killed in the strikes, an official for...

Building collapse in Beirut suburb kills 4 and rescuers are searching for others

Feb. 20, 2024 11:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A building collapsed in a southern suburb of Beirut late Monday, killing four people and injuring three others as rescuers searched for more people under the rubble, a paramedic official said. The building in the suburb of Choueifat crumbled after days of heavy rain....

An Israeli drone strike in Lebanon kills 2 in one of the deepest hits inside the country in weeks

Feb. 10, 2024 15:57 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli drone struck a car near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon on Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding two others, security officials said. The strike came as tensions across the Middle East grow with the Israel-Hamas war, a drone attack last...

Iran vows to keep backing Hezbollah during regional tensions linked to Israel-Hamas war

Feb. 09, 2024 10:05 AM EST

BEIRIUT (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister vowed after arriving in Beirut on Friday to keep supporting the militant Hezbollah group, saying Lebanon’s security affects that of Iran and the region. Hossein Amirabdollahian was welcomed by representatives of Lebanon’s Hezbollah as...

Efforts intensify to bring calm to the Lebanon-Israel border in parallel with Gaza cease-fire talks

Feb. 07, 2024 13:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Foreign diplomats have put forward proposals to bring calm to the volatile Lebanon-Israel border, in parallel with the ongoing Gaza cease-fire negotiations, according to officials Wednesday. This includes a pullback by the militant Hezbollah group from the frontier and the...

Hamas says it's studying Gaza cease-fire proposal, but appears to rule out key provisions

Feb. 02, 2024 16:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hamas officials said Friday that the group is studying a proposed cease-fire deal that would include prolonged pauses in fighting in Gaza and swaps of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners, but the militants appeared to rule out some key components. Hamas remains...

Grieving Warriors get back to work after watching tribute to late assistant coach Dejan Milojević

Jan. 23, 2024 09:04 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before the Golden State Warriors returned to the practice floor Monday following an extended break to grieve, they gathered to watch a tribute a world away in Serbia, where two teams in Belgrade celebrated beloved former coach and player Dejan Milojević. The...