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Lebanon vows to restore security after deadly shootout

01 Jul 2019

BEIRUT The Lebanese government vowed on Monday to restore security to an area of a deadly shooting that has stirred fear of renewed strife in the Chouf Mountains, one of the bloodiest theatres of the 1975-90 civil war.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

25 Jun 2019

BEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump's vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon, reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its Christian-Muslim sectarian balance.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

25 Jun 2019

BEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump's vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon, reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its Christian-Muslim sectarian balance.

UPDATE 3-Lebanon must send message "of seriousness" by approving budget -finance minister

24 Jun 2019

BEIRUT, June 24 Lebanon's finance minister said on Monday it was important the country sendt a "clear message of seriousness" in the coming days by approving the 2019 state budget that aims to slash the deficit.

Lebanese IT specialist Zakka released by Iran

12 Jun 2019

BEIRUT A Lebanese businessman detained in Tehran for more than four years on charges of collaborating against Iran arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after his government secured his release.

UPDATE 4-Lebanon central bank workers strike, PM demands budgetary 'realism'

07 May 2019

* Central bank strike leads stock exchange to suspend trading (Recasts with Hariri comments)

UPDATE 1-Lebanese banks should play role in reducing deficit -finance minister

19 Apr 2019

* Finance minister signals moves to cut public-sector wage bill

Exclusive: Lebanese draft budget reduces deficit to below 9 percent of GDP - finance minister

18 Apr 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's draft budget for 2019 projects a deficit of less than 9 percent of GDP compared to 11.2 percent in 2018 and includes "wide reductions" in spending based on the need for "exceptional austerity measures", the finance minister said on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Heavily indebted Lebanon promises quick reforms - draft policy statement

06 Feb 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon is committed to launching fast and effective reforms that could be "difficult and painful" to avoid a worsening of economic, financial and social conditions, according to a draft government policy statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Building on Syria war gains, Hezbollah scores political win

01 Feb 2019

BEIRUT Hezbollah's bigger role in Lebanon's new unity government points to a growing appetite to shape state affairs and builds on unprecedented military clout the group is wielding after helping turn the tide in Syria's war.

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