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Lebanese women wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Lebanon, a country of nearly 5 million and over 1 million refugees, is going through an unprecedented economic crisis that preceded the pandemic and restrictions imposed to combat it. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Protesters in Lebanon clash with police over virus lockdown

Jan. 27, 2021 3:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces opened fire in violent clashes Wednesday with dozens of protesters who took to the street in the country’s north for a third consecutive day to denounce deteriorating living conditions amid a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At least...

A statue of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, former head of Iran's Quds force, stands in front of a branch of the Hezbollah-run Qard al-Hassan Association, in Ghobeiry, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. As more Lebanese fall into poverty in the country's economic crisis, increasing numbers are turning to the financial arm of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group for help. Qard al-Hassan provides small, interest-free loans in dollars at a time when Lebanese are desperate for hard currency and commercial banks are not lending. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Amid crisis, Hezbollah 'bank' a lifeline for some Lebanese

Jan. 27, 2021 1:08 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — When Lebanon’s financial meltdown began in late 2019, Hassan Shoumar was locked out of his dollar savings like everyone else in the country as banks clamped down with capital controls. But the young engineer had an alternative. He could still pull out the dollars in his account at the...

Lebanese protesters block a road with barrels and burned garbage containers during a protest against strict lockdown measures in Tripoli, north Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.  Lebanon has hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities, as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections. (AP Photo)

Lebanon surpasses record daily virus deaths amid protests

Jan. 26, 2021 4:11 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities Tuesday, registering 73 deaths as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections. The health ministry said the number of virus-related deaths,...

Lebanese in impoverished north protest virus lockdown

Jan. 25, 2021 4:15 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese protesters, enraged at a nearly month-long lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus, took to the streets of the country's second largest city on Monday and pelted security forces with stones. The security forces responded with tear gas to break up the protesters, who...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbi, left, meets with Switzerland's ambassador to Lebanon Monika Schmutz Kirgöz, right, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Wehbi held talks Monday with Kirgöz days after Switzerland started a probe into possible money laundering and embezzlement at the country's central bank. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Swiss envoy, Lebanese FM holds talks amid central bank probe

Jan. 25, 2021 7:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s foreign minister held talks Monday with the Swiss ambassador to Beirut after Switzerland started a probe into possible money laundering and embezzlement at the Mideast country’s central bank. Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbi and ambassador Monika Schmutz Kirgoz did not...

A medical staffer takes care of COVID-19 patients at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Hospitals in Lebanon are reaching full capacity amid a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases across the crisis-hit Mediterranean nation even amid strict lockdown. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Top Lebanese hospitals fight exhausting battle against virus

Jan. 23, 2021 12:28 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Death stalks the corridors of Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where losing multiple patients in one day to COVID-19 has become the new normal. On Friday, the mood among the staff was even more solemn as a young woman lost the battle with the virus. There was silence as the woman,...

Syrian state media: Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early on Friday, killing a family of four — including two children — and wounding four other people. There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claim. Separately, the Israeli...

The Ramlet al-Baida public beach is empty during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Authorities on Thursday extended a nationwide lockdown by a week to Feb. 8 amid a steep rise in coronavirus deaths and infections that has overwhelmed the health care system. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon extends lockdown into February as virus numbers rise

Jan. 21, 2021 11:26 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Authorities in Lebanon on Thursday extended a nationwide lockdown by a week, to Feb. 8, amid a steep rise in coronavirus deaths and infections that has overwhelmed the health care system. Despite increasing the number of hospital beds in the country of nearly 6 million, doctors and nurses...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, Riad Salameh the governor of Lebanon's Central Bank, listens to a journalist's question during a press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon. A New-York-based company that was contracted by Lebanon's government to conduct a forensic audit of the country's central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire needed information and documents, Lebanese outgoing finance minister said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanon central bank governor denies transfer of capital

Jan. 21, 2021 9:14 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The governor of Lebanon's Central Bank denied on Thursday that he had made any transfers of the bank's funds following a probe by Swiss authorities into money laundering and embezzlement. Gov. Riad Salameh's statement was released after he was questioned by Lebanon’s prosecutor...

A security official checks people's IDs before the third hearing in the trial of Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan Motor Co. chairman, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday pushed for maximum 12 years in prison each for a Turkish private airline company official and two pilots who are accused of smuggling Ghosn out of Japan, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.(AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)

Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight

Jan. 20, 2021 10:28 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday sought the maximum possible 12 years in prison each for a Turkish private airline official and two pilots accused of smuggling the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman out of Japan, Turkey’s state news agency reported. In the third hearing in the trial of...