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Israel, Lebanon hold second round of sea border talks

Slideshow ( 4 images )NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) – Israel and Lebanon on Wednesday held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed sea border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area, though sources said gaps between the sides remain large. Delegations from the long-time foes reconvened at a U.N. peacekeeper […]

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Lebanon's Bassil criticises Hariri efforts to form government

FILE PHOTO: Gebran Bassil, a Lebanese politician and head of the Free Patriotic movement, talks during an interview with Reuters in Sin-el-fil, Lebanon July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File PhotoBEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Christian politician Gebran Bassil criticised Sunni former prime minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday for putting himself forward to lead a government that would […]

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'Never forgive, never forget': Scarred survivor haunted by Beirut blast

BEIRUT (Reuters) – In the days that followed the Beirut port explosion, Shady Rizk played a video he had taken on his phone again and again. Filmed from the balcony of his office directly opposite the port, it shows flames and smoke rising from what some officials knew were burning explosives. Suddenly there is a […]

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Lebanon agrees on a new prime minister under French pressure

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese leaders named diplomat Mustapha Adib as the new prime minister on Monday under pressure from French President Emmanuel Macron who will visit Beirut to press for reforms aimed at dragging the Middle East nation out of a financial abyss. With its economy devastated by a financial crisis, a swathe of Beirut […]

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'Stay strong, Lebanon': Global support after Beirut explosion

Iran, Saudi Arabia, France, US and UK among nations offering assistance and paying tribute to the victims. Emergency medical aid and pop-up field hospitals have been dispatched to Lebanon as the world offers its support and pays tribute to the victims of the huge explosion that devastated Beirut. The explosion on Tuesday at the city’s […]

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A new exodus from Lebanon after deadly Beirut blast

Many Lebanese families plan to leave the country in search of safety and security following August 4 port explosion. Beirut, Lebanon – Mazin Kabbani, a 50-year-old IT employee, was at his home in west Beirut on August 4 when shockwaves from an enormous explosion rocked his apartment, leaving shards of glass scattered across his living room […]

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Lebanon reimposes lockdown amid coronavirus surge

Partial two-week shutdown and overnight curfew comes into effect as hospitals are overwhelmed after Beirut port blast. Lebanon has reimposed a partial lockdown and an overnight curfew to rein in a spike in coronavirus infections, as hospitals struggle to cope in the aftermath of the devastating Beirut port explosion earlier this month. The new measures, announced […]

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Scarred Lebanon braces for Hariri killing verdict

Leidschendam, NETHERLANDS (Reuters) – Judges at the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon are set to rule on Tuesday in the case of four Hezbollah members charged with conspiracy to carry out the 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim billionaire, had close ties with the United […]

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Lebanon judiciary can handle Beirut explosion probe: Minister

Caretaker justice minister says mistrust in judiciary is warranted but dismisses calls for international investigation. Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon’s caretaker Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najem says there is ample reason to distrust Lebanon’s judiciary, but last week’s Beirut explosion is a “chance” for this vital institution to earn public trust by holding those responsible accountable. Many […]

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IMF willing to redouble Lebanon efforts, subject to reform commitment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Sunday it was willing to redouble efforts to help Lebanon after the devastating blast that hit Beirut, but said all of the country’s institutions needed to show willingness to carry out reforms. In a statement to an emergency donor conference for Lebanon, the IMF’s managing director, […]