BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the...
BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone."
That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut...
BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon met with Lebanese officials Wednesday for a second day, signaling a new push to...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a U.S. official Tuesday as Washington mediates a maritime border dispute with Israel.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A memorial for the U.S. Marines killed in the 1983 bombing of a barracks in Beirut is being planned for Jacksonville.
BEIRUT (AP) — The former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church, Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, who served as spiritual leader of Lebanon's largest Christian community through some of...
BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese military and security veterans burned tires and shouted angrily outside government offices on Friday, their second protest in less than two weeks amid fears a...
BEIRUT (AP) — Employees at the Central Bank of Lebanon on Tuesday suspended their open-ended strike for three days, saying they hope their wages and benefits will not be cut.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Beirut Stock Exchange suspended trading on Monday due to an open-ended strike declared by the employees of Lebanon's central bank, adding to the country's economic crisis as the...
BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes struck a hospital in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on Sunday, knocking it out of service, as government forces continued to bombard the rebel-held region following...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister says his country should learn from the government of Egypt how to stimulate economic growth, reform laws and combat corruption.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Bahraini rights group said Thursday that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearslong crackdown.
BEIRUT (AP) — Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday that Lebanon is heading toward an economic "catastrophe" unless the government implements strict austerity measures to reduce a ballooning...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president has told a visiting American delegation that Beirut rejects the U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights because it includes...
BEIRUT (AP) — They are a common sight around Beirut, but their presence barely registers with Lebanese citizens anymore.
Nearly 30 years after civil war guns fell silent, dozens of...
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's energy minister has announced a second round of bidding for licenses to search offshore for oil a day after the cabinet approved it.
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Venezuelan FM visits anti-US allies in Mideast
BEIRUT (AP) — Venezuela's foreign minister, meeting with anti-U.S. allies in the Middle East, said Wednesday that opposition leader Juan Guaidó is in breach of the constitution and that the...
Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city
BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old...
Pompeo at odds with Lebanese officials over Hezbollah
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called on the Lebanese people to stand up to Hezbollah's "criminality, terror and threats," and claimed U.S. sanctions on Iran and its...
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even...
BEIRUT (AP) — A top U.S. State Department official visiting Lebanon said Tuesday that the new government in Beirut needs to make tough decisions as it tackles widespread corruption and a crumbling...
Lebanon’s Hezbollah rejects Britain’s move to ban it
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah group on Friday strongly rejected the British government's move to ban it as a terrorist organization, calling it an "insult" to the Lebanese people and evidence...
Lebanon tells EU it will encourage Syrians to return
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president told EU Foreign Policy Chief Frederica Mogherini on Tuesday that Beirut will continue to work for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas in their war-torn...
Amnesty says impunity emboldens Mideast rights violations
BEIRUT (AP) — The world community's "chilling complacency toward wide-scale human rights violations" in the Middle East and North Africa emboldened governments to commit "appalling" violations...
Gerald LaBelle, former AP Middle East editor, dead at 76
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerald LaBelle, a former editor and correspondent with The Associated Press who spent years covering tumultuous events in the Middle East, including Lebanon's civil war, the...
Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma
BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's abduction in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life.
Saudi Arabia lifts travel warning to Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon says the kingdom has lifted a 15-month warning that had advised its citizens not to travel to Beirut.
Walid Bukhari made the statement in Beirut on Wednesday following a meeting between Saudi royal court envoy Nizar al-Aloula and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Fierce battles near final IS foothold in eastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish news agencies and a Syrian war monitor said.
Iran FM extends support for new Lebanese government
BEIRUT (AP) — Iran's foreign minister extended an offer for Iranian military assistance to the U.S.-backed Lebanese army on Sunday, saying Iran is ready to assist in all sectors should the Lebanese government want it.
Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to reporters Sunday at Beirut's airport shortly after his arrival in the Lebanese capital for a two-day official visit.
Lebanese PM calls on Italy to increase investment in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister urged his Italian counterpart on Thursday to have Italian companies invest in his country as it grapples with deepening economic challenges.
"The coming period in Lebanon is a period of work ... with many investment opportunities," Saad Hariri told visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Conte is the first foreign official to visit Lebanon after Hariri's government was sworn in last week following a deadlock that last nearly nine months.
Syria says US-led coalition hit its forces in the east
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military said the U.S.-led coalition attacked one of its artillery positions in the country's east, wounding two soldiers and destroying a cannon, according to state media reports on Sunday.
The spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Sean Ryan said their partner forces acted in "self-defense" after coming under fire from the western side of the Euphrates River.
Review: Beirut’s new album is a celebration of cultures
Beirut, "Gallipoli" (4AD)
Front-man Zach Condon of indie folk rock band Beirut has a penchant for world music, pulling various cultural influences into every record he's made. "Gallipoli" feels especially inspired. Some of the zest lacking in the band's 2015 album "No No No" is fully realized in this new album.
US warns Lebanon’s Hezbollah not to funnel ministry’s money
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. is concerned about the militant Hezbollah group naming a health minister and two other posts in Lebanon's Cabinet and called on the new government to ensure the ministries' resources do not provide support to the organization, the State Department said Friday.
Deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said that after the formation of the new government, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks forward to traveling to Lebanon.
Lebanon factions form government, ending nine-month deadlock
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese political factions agreed Thursday to form a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes.
Rival political groups had been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years.
Lebanon’s daily Al-Mustaqbal closes its print edition
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's daily Al-Mustaqbal, which is owned by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's family, says it is ceasing its print edition and turning into a digital newspaper.
Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war.
Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station.
Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could "at any moment" decide to deal differently with Israel's actions in Syria and hinted that Tel Aviv might be a target.
Lebanon’s star filmmaker makes Oscars history with her nom
BEIRUT (AP) — Nadine Labaki is standing taller than usual. The Lebanese director, a source of national pride, this week became the first female artist in the Arab world to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Labaki's foreign language nomination for "Capernaum" makes her one of the only female directors to compete at this year's Oscars, which feature another all-male lineup in the best director category.
Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon went back to their war-torn country on Thursday — the latest batch to return home in recent months.
Thousands of Syrians have returned home from Lebanon since June as calm returns to parts of the country.
The refugees had gathered since the early hours in the northern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud. There, they boarded buses that took them home. Hundreds of others also gathered in other parts of Lebanon from where buses took them home.
Photographer Leighton Mark, shot in Beirut in 1984, has died
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leighton Mark, a photojournalist who taught himself to make pictures with one arm after he was wounded in 1984 while covering the civil war in Lebanon, has died. He was 67.
Mark died Saturday at Lexington Park Assisted Living Health Center in Topeka, Kansas, said a cousin, Monette Mark.
Mark worked for United Press International and The Associated Press during a long career that was nearly cut short when he was 32.
Lebanon rating downgraded on default risks
BEIRUT (AP) — A report by Moody's Investors Service that downgraded the country's long-term investment ratings reflects the urgent need for quickly forming a new government, implementing reforms and reducing budget deficit, Lebanon's finance minister and experts said Tuesday.
Lebanon uses Arab summit to call for Syrian refugees’ return
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories.
President Michel Aoun told the opening session that Lebanon is overwhelmed by the presence of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, who make up about half the population of the tiny country, which is struggling with an economic crisis.
Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria's membership, calling it a "historic shame" to keep the Arab country out of the forum.
The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit that has been overshadowed by divisions and controversy over Syria's participation.
Longtime AP journalist Ed Blanche has died at age 76
BEIRUT (AP) — Ed Blanche, a longtime correspondent and Middle East editor for The Associated Press who covered transformative events from Northern Ireland to Lebanon, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 76.
Blanche died Sunday in Beirut after losing a battle with cancer, said his wife, Mona Ziade.
Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive.
Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the unresolved mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Lebanese cleric in Libya four decades ago?
Storm kills Syrian girl in Lebanon, causes widespread damage
DAHR EL-BAYDAR, Lebanon (AP) — A storm packing snow and rain that has battered Lebanon for five days left an 8-year-old Syrian girl dead, flooded neighborhoods and paralyzed major mountain roads.
Residents in some Beirut neighborhoods awoke Wednesday to find their cars immersed in water as rivers overflowed, inundating streets with muddy water.
Storm packing snow and rain paralyzes parts of Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — A winter storm packing heavy rain and snow on Tuesday turned streets in Lebanon into rivers of water and mud and paralyzed parts of the country.
Among those affected were tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, many of whom live in tent settlements. In the eastern Bekaa Valley, many Syrian refugees stayed indoors next to diesel or wood heaters as snow covered their flimsy tents.
Parts of Lebanon go on strike to protest economic conditions
BEIRUT (AP) — Parts of Lebanon's public and private sectors have gone on strike called for by the country's labor unions to protest worsening economic conditions and months of delay in the formation of a new government.
Friday's strike was called for this week by the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers, with the backing of the new cross-sectarian Sabaa Party.