BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president has spoken up in defense of the country's militant Hezbollah group, telling a visiting British official that the group's allegiances in the region do not affect...
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...
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...
UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah
LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it plans to ban Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East.
Central IN pediatrician accused of sexually abusing 3 boys
LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana pediatrician is facing charges alleging he sexually abused three boys.
Forty-one year-old Dr. Jonathon Cavins of Jamestown is charged with one count of...
Lebanon’s Hezbollah suspends official over Parliament spat
BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's top commanding body suspended the political activities of a leading legislator because of his spat with rival politicians in Parliament last week, a Lebanese politician...
Chain store beer, wine sales press some dry towns to go wet
CLEONA, Pa. (AP) — The little town of Cleona is the latest to feel some pressure to allow alcohol sales.
Nearly 700 towns across Pennsylvania are dry or partially dry, restricting the sale...
US voices concern over Hezbollah’s role in Lebanese Cabinet
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon expressed concerns Tuesday over the militant Hezbollah group's growing role in the new Cabinet, saying it does not contribute to...
Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah fighters on the ground, would have defeated the extremists a long time ago.
Lebanon’s Cabinet wins vote of confidence in parliament
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's parliament gave the new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri a vote of confidence after days of heated debates and harsh verbal exchanges.
Late Friday, 111 legislators voted in favor while six voted against of the 128-member legislature. Eleven were absent.
A government policy statement focused on improving the country's economic conditions. Hariri began the meetings Tuesday by reading the statement, which calls for reforms in state finances and economy.
UN Palestinian refugees agency to work to preserve services
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says the group's staff "will convene all our energy" to preserve all services through 2019 despite funding cuts.
Pierre Krahenbuhl told reporters Wednesday that the UNRWA was able to keep all schools and health centers in camps around Lebanon open last year despite the cuts.
UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen Iranian assets.
The U.S. Supreme Court awarded the money to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.
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.
US delivers laser-guided rockets to Lebanese military
BEIRUT (AP) — The American Embassy in Lebanon says the United States has delivered laser-guided rockets valued at more than $16 million to the Lebanese army.
In a statement, it says the rockets delivered Wednesday are a key component for a fleet of A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft previously delivered. The delivery demonstrates the U.S. government's "firm and steady commitments" to support the Lebanese military in its capacity as the "sole, legitimate defender of Lebanon."
Lebanon’s Parliament begins discussing government’s policy
BEIRUT (AP) — Members of Lebanon's Parliament have begun discussing the new government's policy statement, which focuses on improving the country's economic conditions.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri began the meeting Tuesday by reading the statement, which calls for reforms in state finances, the economy and the crumbling electricity sector, which costs state coffers about $2 billion a year.
Lebanon to boycott Warsaw conference seen as hostile to Iran
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon said Monday it will not take part in a Middle East conference in Poland this week that is widely seen as an effort to isolate Iran.
Arab official: No deal yet on Syria’s return to Arab League
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Arab League says there has been no agreement so far for Syria's return to the group.
The league's secretary-general, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, made the remarks on Monday in Lebanon, after meeting President Michel Aoun.
Aboul Gheit says an agreement would lead to an Arab foreign ministers' meeting on the subject but "until now, I haven't felt such a development or understanding."
DA: Trooper justified in fatal shooting after chase
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A state trooper who shot a man armed with a knife after a foot chase last year in Pennsylvania was justified in firing and will not face any charges in the man's death, a prosecutor said.
Authorities said troopers in Lebanon County went to serve a warrant on Mitchell Hammer in Palmyra on Dec. 18 but he ran off into the woods. Police said a foot chase ended after a confrontation between Hammer, 27, of Annville, who had a Bowie-style knife, and a trooper who opened fire.
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.
UN urges Lebanon’s parties not to back foreign conflicts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on all Lebanese parties Friday to implement a policy disassociating themselves from any external conflicts "as an important priority," a statement that appears clearly aimed at Hezbollah which has sent fighters to Syria.
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Cash-strapped Lebanese man self-immolates in front of school
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency is reporting that a man has set himself on fire in front of a private school that refused to provide him with transfer documents for his daughter due to unpaid fees.
NNA said the man whose name was not released succumbed to his burns in hospital on Thursday night.
The agency said Friday that the man had requested the documents to transfer his daughter to a public school.
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.
Hezbollah leader says in event of war, Iran won’t be alone
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah said Wednesday the organization would defend Iran in the event of war, saying the Islamic Republic would not be alone in a confrontation with America.
Hassan Nasrallah said the Islamic Republic is currently the strongest state in the region, and the so-called axis of resistance led by Iran is the strongest it has ever been. The axis groups the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad with Shiite militias in Iraq and Hezbollah.
Lebanon names 1st female Arab minister in charge of security
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new interior minister assumed her post Wednesday, becoming her country's and the Arab world's first female official in charge of powerful security agencies.
Raya El Hassan welcomed the challenge, saying Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri put his trust in her and gave her "this big responsibility."
Hezbollah leader dismisses US concerns over Lebanon Cabinet
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah is brushing off U.S. concerns about the health minister his group named to the new government, calling the official a "trusted brother" who will serve all Lebanese.
Hassan Nasrallah stressed Monday that Jamil Jabbak is not a member of the militant group, which Washington sanctions as a terrorist organization. He is one of three ministers named by the group.
Lebanon’s new Cabinet vows to face economic challenges
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new Cabinet held its first meeting Saturday and the country's leaders vowed to deal swiftly with the political and economic challenges the country faces, while playing down the militant Hezbollah group's takeover of the health ministry.
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.
Al-Qaida’s advance in northern Syria threatens fragile truce
BEIRUT (AP) — It only took a few days for al-Qaida-linked militants to seize more than two dozen towns and villages in northern Syria from rival insurgents earlier this month, cementing their control over an area the size of neighboring Lebanon.
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.
‘Roma,’ ‘Cold War’ among foreign-language Oscar nominees
LONDON (AP) — Five movies about individuals and families confronting social and historical tumult are competing in the Academy Awards' race for best foreign-language film.
UN envoy: No access for UN peacekeepers to Lebanon tunnels
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' envoy to the Mideast said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon have not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel, which U.N. officials say violate a case-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.
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.
Qatar to invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds
BEIRUT (AP) — Qatar has announced that it will invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds to support the Mediterranean country's struggling economy.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani made the announcement in comments to Qatar's state news agency.
Monday's announcement came a day after Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a short rare visit to Lebanon where he met President Michel Aoun and took part in an Arab economic summit.