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Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden

10 Jul 2019

BEIRUT/AMMAN President Bashar al-Assad's assault in the northwest has been met with a painful rebel counterpunch that underlines Turkish resolve to keep the area out of his hands and shows why he will struggle to take back more of Syria by force.

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.

UPDATE 2-Lebanon c.bank backs debt servicing cost cuts plan; no deal yet

25 Jun 2019

BEIRUT, June 25 Lebanon's central bank governor backs government efforts to cut public debt servicing costs in the 2019 budget, but an agreement has yet to be reached on how that will be done, he said on Tuesday.

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.

Lebanon budget seen 'a good first step', but numbers questioned

28 May 2019

BEIRUT/LONDON Heavily indebted Lebanon has unveiled an unprecedented plan to bring its public finances under control but faces an uphill struggle to restore investor confidence that is needed to stave off crisis.

UPDATE 4-Lebanese cabinet finalises draft budget to cut deficit, hopes to avert crisis

25 May 2019

* "We are still sceptical" - fund manager (Adds time of final budget meeting)

UPDATE 5-Lebanon cabinet set to complete 2019 draft budget

21 May 2019

* Markets will welcome efforts to slash deficit - analyst (Releads with information minister, adds finance minister quote and context)

Lebanese central bank, public sector workers suspend strikes

08 May 2019

BEIRUT Lebanese central bank workers suspended a strike on Tuesday but left open the possibility of resuming the walkout on Friday if the government presses ahead with draft budget proposals that would cut their pay.

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