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Lebanon to take out $116m in loans for ailing electric grid

Jan. 18, 2023 08:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's caretaker government Wednesday approved opening credit lines totaling $116 million to help fix its crippled state electricity grid. The cash-strapped country for over two years has struggled with rampant power cuts that have crippled much of public life,...

Father of peace deal that ended Lebanon's civil war dies

Jan. 11, 2023 08:20 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hussein Husseini, Lebanon’s former parliament speaker and the father of the 1989 Taif Agreement that ended the country’s 15-year civil war, died Wednesday after days of illness. He was 85. Husseini was admitted to Beirut’s American University Medical Center on...

UN Irish peacekeeper killed in shooting in southern Lebanon

Dec. 15, 2022 14:20 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Irish U.N. peacekeeper was killed and several others were wounded when unidentified attackers opened fire on a convoy in southern Lebanon, Irish and Lebanese military officials said Thursday. The area is a stronghold of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group. The...

UN boosts food aid budget to feed a third of Lebanon

Nov. 21, 2022 07:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's caretaker prime minister and the United Nations World Food Program said Tuesday that it has boosted its food assistance to the struggling nation, effectively feeding one-third of the crisis-hit population. The tiny Mediterranean nation is in the grip of the...

Israeli, Lebanese leaders vow to cooperate at climate summit

Nov. 08, 2022 09:38 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's environmental protection minister attended a regional meeting Tuesday alongside Iraqi and Lebanese leaders at the global climate conference taking place in Egypt, the minister's office said, where the group pledged to work together to tackle climate change. ...

Lebanese president snubs budget, delays new exchange rate

Nov. 03, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is unable to put its new exchange rate into effect after its outgoing president declared the state budget unconstitutional and refused to sign off on it, officials said Thursday. The Finance Ministry in late September announced that Lebanon would change its...

Lebanon president leaves with no replacement, crisis deepens

Oct. 30, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Michel Aoun left Lebanon's presidential palace Sunday, marking the end of his six-year term without a replacement, leaving the small nation in a political vacuum that is likely to worsen its historic economic meltdown. As Aoun’s term ends, the country is...