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Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

27 Jul 2020

BEIRUT The deputy leader of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement on Sunday dismissed the prospect of an escalation of violence between the Iran-backed movement and Israel despite increased tensions in the last week.

Lebanese judge orders 'protective freeze' on assets of c.bank governor

21 Jul 2020

BEIRUT, July 20 A Lebanese judge on Monday ordered a protective freeze on some assets held by central bank governor Riad Salameh after ruling in favour of a complaint that he had allegedly undermined the financial standing of the state, the national news agency reported.

Exclusive: Lebanese man freed by U.S. as part of secret talks - sources

14 Jul 2020

BEIRUT A Lebanese man accused of financing Hezbollah was freed from jail in the United States last month as a result of indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington that are expected to yield more releases, three senior Middle East officials said.

Exclusive: Lebanese man freed by U.S. as part of secret talks - sources

14 Jul 2020

BEIRUT A Lebanese man accused of financing Hezbollah was freed from jail in the United States last month as a result of indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington that are expected to yield more releases, three senior Middle East officials said.

Under 'financial siege', Lebanon must stave off strife, says Bassil

08 Jul 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon is facing a "financial siege" imposed by international powers and its priority is staving off strife caused by the country's economic meltdown, leading politician Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday.

Under 'financial siege', Lebanon must stave off strife, says Bassil

07 Jul 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon is facing a "financial siege" imposed by international powers and its priority is staving off strife caused by the country's economic meltdown, leading politician Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday.

Under "financial siege", Lebanon must stave off strife, says Bassil

07 Jul 2020

BEIRUT, July 7 Lebanon is facing a "financial siege" imposed by international powers and its priority is staving off strife caused by the country's economic meltdown, leading politician Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday.

'Falling off a cliff': Lebanon's poor borrow to buy bread

03 Jul 2020

TRIPOLI, Lebanon For Amer al Dahn, the idea of eating meat is now a dream. Today, he can't even afford bread and depends on credit from the local grocer to feed his wife and four children in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Lebanese government raises subsidised bread prices as currency tumbles

01 Jul 2020

BEIRUT The Lebanese government on Tuesday raised the price of a 900-gramme loaf of partially subsidised bread to 2,000 pounds from its pre-October-crisis price of 1,500 pounds in the first such price change in eight years.

As Lebanon's crisis deepens, politicians trade blame

29 Apr 2020

BEIRUT Lebanese politicians who have led their country into financial disaster are squabbling over who is to blame, stirring up old rivalries that may spell even deeper trouble ahead.

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