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Early results: Lebanon's Hezbollah suffers election losses

May. 16, 2022 05:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and its allies appear to have suffered losses in this weekend’s parliamentary elections with preliminary results Monday showing their strongest opponents picking up more seats and some of their traditional partners routed out of the...

Ailing Lebanon votes for parliament, but big shift unlikely

May. 15, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When Lebanon’s economic collapse accelerated six months ago, Abdul-Hamid Yamout lost his job at Beirut’s international airport — and with it all sense of security. Since then, he's struggled to provide for his family, worrying constantly about the future of his...

Hezbollah weapons at the heart of Lebanon's elections Sunday

May. 14, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

BAALBEK, Lebanon (AP) — It was a sea of yellow as thousands of men, women and children waving Hezbollah flags and wearing the group’s trademark yellow caps rallied on a giant plot of land in the ancient eastern city of Baalbek in support of the heavily armed militant group. One...

Lebanon vote seen as last chance in crisis-plagued nation

May. 13, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In households across Lebanon, it's likely that one or more family members are planning to emigrate — if they can get a passport. Demand is high but the bankrupt government has not paid the company contracted to issue or renew the documents. Lebanese spend their days...

Lebanese in 48 countries voting in parliamentary elections

May. 08, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of Lebanese living in nearly 50 countries cast their early ballots Sunday in the country’s closely watched parliamentary elections, days after a similar vote was held in 10 predominantly Muslim nations. About 195,000 Lebanese had registered to vote Sunday...

Expats begin voting in crisis-hit Lebanon's general election

May. 06, 2022 04:49 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of Lebanese living in Arab and Muslim countries began voting Friday in the crisis-hit country’s parliamentary elections, nine days before the vote is scheduled to be held at home. About 31,000 Lebanese citizens in 10 countries have registered to vote in...

Hezbollah leader: Iran could retaliate for Israeli strikes

Apr. 29, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group warned Friday that if Israel continues to target Iran’s presence in the region, Tehran could eventually retaliate by striking deep inside Israel. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s warning came in a speech during a...

UAE releases Lebanese physician held for weeks over a tweet

Apr. 28, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates released on Thursday a Lebanese physician after holding him for more than three weeks over a tweet he published years ago, a person familiar with the case said. The case of Dr. Richard Kharrat came to attention in early April when local media...

Lebanon vote holds little hope for change despite disasters

Apr. 27, 2022 02:38 AM EDT

SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Running for parliament for the first time, independent Hania Zaatari walks down the meandering alleyways of the old souk in the port city of Sidon, telling impoverished workers and traders that fixing Lebanon’s devastating economic crisis is her top priority. ...

Lebanon expects deal with World Bank on food security

Apr. 19, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is close to reaching an agreement with the World Bank in which the international agency would give the crisis-hit country a $150 million loan for food security and to stabilize bread prices for the next six months, the economy minister said Tuesday. Amin Salam...