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In this Saturday, May 23, 2020 photo, an Ethiopian domestic worker cleans her employer's balcony, in Beirut, Lebanon. Some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. With no functioning airports and exorbitant costs of repatriation flights, many are trapped, unable to go home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

May. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the rubble of a house that according to the Syrian authorities was attacked by an Israeli airstrike, in the Damascus suburbs of Hajira, Syria, Monday, April 27, 2020. The Syrian military and state media said Monday that Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing three civilians. An opposition war monitor says four Iran-backed fighters were also killed. The military says Syrian air defenses shot some of the missiles down. The reports said the attack happened around dawn on Monday. (SANA via AP)

Israeli military says Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria

May. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria in response to Israeli strikes, as well as growing domestic discontent linked to the economy and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli military said Thursday. Israel and Iran have for years been engaged in a shadow war that has recently...

A car drives along the Israeli village of Metulla, as seen from the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the village of Kfar Kila, in southeast Lebanon, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel's last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

20 years after withdrawal, Israel, Hezbollah brace for war

May. 20, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

KFAR CHOUBA, Lebanon (AP) — Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel’s last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. Israeli troops are striking Hezbollah targets in neighboring Syria and drilling for what could be an...

FILE - This May 5, 2020 file photo, shows a partial view of the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. Lebanon's army said Wednesday, May 20, 2020, it's detained two soldiers caught on camera slapping a doctor and pushing him into a corner inside an emergency room at the hospital in the country's northern city of Tripoli. The army said it opened an investigation into the incident, which took place the previous night. A closed-circuit TV footage of the incident was widely circulated online, causing an uproar among doctors and civilians. Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city and its most impoverished. It's been the scene of tensions between the army and protesters, including one who was shot and killed last month. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Lebanese soldiers detained for slapping, pushing doctor

May. 20, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military has detained two soldiers caught on camera slapping and pushing a doctor in an emergency ward at a hospital in the northern city of Tripoli, the army said Wednesday. The video, widely circulated online, caused an uproar — particularly as the nation’s...

In this Saturday, May, 2, 2020, photo, a man uses banknotes to pay for his purchases at the mall in Basra, Iraq. The coronavirus pandemic has reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been the physical lifeblood of global economies: paper money and coins.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

May. 20, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus,...

In this Saturday, May, 2, 2020, photo, a man uses banknotes to pay for his purchases at the mall in Basra, Iraq. The coronavirus pandemic has reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been the physical lifeblood of global economies: paper money and coins.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

May. 20, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus,...

An anti-government protester shouts slogans, while wearing a mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, during ongoing protests in front of the Ministry of Economy, in downtown Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanese Central Bank official charged in currency probe

May. 18, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese prosecutor on Monday charged a senior central bank official with manipulation of the exchange rate and money laundering as part of an ongoing probe amid the country's financial turmoil. The move reflects a growing clash between the central bank and the government at a critical...

Israeli troops wound man who crossed frontier from Lebanon

May. 17, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli soldiers on Sunday shot and wounded a man who crossed from Lebanon into Israeli-held territory, the military said. The Israeli military said the man was taken to an Israeli hospital. His identity and condition were not immediately known, and the army said it was investigating. A...

Turkish pilots, others, to stand trial over Ghosn escape

May. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday accepted an indictment against four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants accused of helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon via Turkey, and set a trial date for July 3. Prosecutors are seeking up...