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Lebanese Cabinet agrees on 2019 austerity budget

May. 24, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Cabinet ministers wrapped up weeks of haggling, agreeing on a 2019 draft budget that aims to avert a financial crisis by cutting public spending and reduce a ballooning deficit. Critics say the proposed measures fail to introduce structural reforms needed to rescue the flagging...

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

May. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and...

Amid Iran tensions, a look at Mideast's powers and proxies

May. 20, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

As long-simmering tensions heat up between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, a look at the various countries or players involved, and what could happen: UNITED STATES The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops scattered across military bases in the Middle East. It recently sent the USS Abraham Lincoln...

Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

May. 20, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces opened water cannons on Lebanese anti-austerity protesters in the country's capital on Monday, as the government continued to hold marathon meetings to discuss severe budget cuts. Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt, rising...

Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions

May. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency. Jamil Jabak told The...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

Lebanese bid farewell to ex-cardinal at state funeral

May. 16, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

BKIRKI, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon on Thursday laid to rest the former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church, a key political figure in the country's troubled modern history, following a state funeral attended by top political and spiritual leaders and more than a thousand people. Also attending the...

US in new push to resolve Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute

May. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon met with Lebanese officials Wednesday for a second day, signaling a new push to resolve the matter. Israel and Lebanon both claim some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the...

Relative: Lebanese man sentenced to life in prison in UAE

May. 15, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man held in the United Arab Emirates on charges of links to the militant Hezbollah group has been sentenced to life in prison, while five others were ordered released, a relative said Wednesday. Abdulrahman Chouman, 39, was on trial with seven other Lebanese men, all Shiite and...

US official in Beirut to discuss border dispute with Israel

May. 14, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a U.S. official Tuesday as Washington mediates a maritime border dispute with Israel. Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield arrived earlier in the day to begin a two-day visit to meet officials in Lebanon, which is in an economic...