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A man rides his bicycle next to a concrete wall installed by authorities to blocks a road leading to the parliament building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Arabic on the wall reads

Lebanon at a crossroads after 100 days of protests

Jan. 24, 2020 1:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — When Nazih Khalaf heard that protests were taking place Oct. 17 in Lebanon’s capital over government plans to impose new taxes, he was just returning from south of Beirut where he’d been working to put out deadly wildfires that had been raging for days. The 42-year-old media...

Greek police find 1.25 tons of cannabis hidden in date paste

Jan. 23, 2020 3:01 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they found more than a ton of processed cannabis camouflaged among a shipment of date paste headed by sea from Lebanon to Libya, police said Thursday. A police statement said the drugs were discovered on Jan. 16 in a ship's container on a freighter that had...

FILE - This Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend the first meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese are campaigning against the participation of their acting foreign minister in the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, saying Bassil, who was the target of popular anger in the ongoing nationwide protests,  should not represent them on the international stage. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lawmaker targeted by Lebanese protests rejects calls to quit

Jan. 23, 2020 1:01 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A Lebanese lawmaker and former foreign minister who has been a frequent target of protesters in the economically troubled country saidThursday he understands his people want change, but he says he’s not going anywhere until voters drive him out. Gebran Bassil was officially...

Lebanese men pass in front of a coffee shop that was smashed by anti-government protesters, during a protest against the new government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Lebanon's new government, made up of members nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt a spiral of economic and political collapse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

New Lebanese minister says he won't permit attacks on police

Jan. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new interior minister said Thursday he won't permit attacks on security forces amid angry rioting that has gripped the country's capital amid a deepening economic crisis. Mohammed Fahmi spoke during a handover ceremony from the outgoing minister, two days after an emergency...

In this June 2016, photo provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father Amer Fakhoury holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said Fakhoury, an American citizen jailed in his native Lebanon since September 2019 on no charges is very ill and if he dies there, then Lebanon should be subject to sanctions. The 57-year-old restaurant owner was once part of the South Lebanon Army and worked at a former prison described by human rights groups as a center for torture. His family says he's innocent. (Guila Fakhoury via AP)

Senator calls for sanctions about American jailed in Lebanon

Jan. 23, 2020 11:48 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is drafting sanctions legislation to hold Lebanese officials accountable for jailing an American citizen without any charges as his health takes a turn for the worse. "Time is of the essence and the Lebanese government needs to understand...

Anti-government protesters throw stones at the riot police during ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  Lebanon's new government has held its first meeting a day after it was formed following a three-month political vacuum. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese Cabinet faces multiple challenges, growing unrest

Jan. 22, 2020 6:56 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new government made up of appointees nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt spiraling violence and economic and financial collapse. As the government...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, anti-government protesters smash a bank widows, during ongoing protests against the Lebanese central bank's governor and against the deepening financial crisis, at Hamra trade street, in Beirut, Lebanon. For years, many Lebanese have lived beyond their means, supporting their out-sized spending with loans and remittances from diaspora relatives. A severe financial crisis and unprecedented capital controls have put a stop to this, uniting rich and poor in anger against a banking system they accuse of holding their deposits hostage. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Facing humiliating controls, Lebanese focus fury on banks

Jan. 22, 2020 1:34 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Before picking up cash from a downtown bank in Lebanon's capital, Mey Al Sayegh mentally braces herself for what would have been a routine trip before the country's crippling cash crunch. For starters, it will be at least an hour's wait in line before her turn comes. And if she's lucky,...

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, speaks during a press conference after his government was announced, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. A new Cabinet was announced in crisis-hit Lebanon late Tuesday, breaking a months-long impasse amid ongoing mass protests against the country's ruling elite. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

New government in crisis-hit Lebanon, but protests continue

Jan. 21, 2020 9:51 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A new Cabinet was announced in crisis-hit Lebanon late Tuesday, breaking a months-long impasse amid mass protests against the country's ruling elite and a crippling financial crisis, but demonstrations and violence continued. Hassan Diab, a 60-year-old former professor at the American...

New Cabinet announced in crisis-hit Lebanon ends three-month political vacuum

Jan. 21, 2020 3:02 PM EST
BEIRUT (AP) — New Cabinet announced in crisis-hit Lebanon ends three-month political vacuum.
FILE - This Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend the first meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese are campaigning against the participation of their acting foreign minister in the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, saying Bassil, who was the target of popular anger in the ongoing nationwide protests,  should not represent them on the international stage. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Many Lebanese say acting FM has no business being at Davos

Jan. 21, 2020 11:50 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s acting foreign minister is attending the elite annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss village Davos. In his home country, however, where mass protests have forced the government to resign, a campaign is afoot to have him uninvited. Many Lebanese took to social media to...