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Aoun warns Lebanon will go 'to hell' unless government agreed

21 Sep 2020

BEIRUT President Michel Aoun warned on Monday Lebanon was going "to hell" if a new government was not formed, and said agreeing one could need a miracle after positions had hardened between rival factions.

'Boiling again': Lebanon's old Christian rivalries rear up amid crisis

18 Sep 2020

BEIRUT An old rivalry between Christian factions who fought each other in Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war has flared again on the street and in political debate, renewing fears of fresh unrest as the nation grapples with its worst crisis since the conflict. | Video

France's Macron calls Lebanese leaders over cabinet plans

18 Sep 2020

BEIRUT/PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron called Lebanese leaders on Friday over stalled efforts to form a new government, a diplomatic source said, as Paris seeks to give a new push to its bid to pull the country out of a deep financial crisis.

'Not yet too late': France says Lebanon must act to deliver new cabinet

16 Sep 2020

BEIRUT/PARIS France said on Wednesday it was not too late for Lebanon's politicians to form a government to save the nation from a crippling economic crisis, after they missed a deadline this week to create a cabinet.

Lebanese rivalries hamper cabinet formation on eve of deadline

14 Sep 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon's factional rivalries put the brakes on moves to form a new government on Monday on the eve of a deadline agreed with France and stalling efforts to exit a dire economic crisis.

Lebanon faces hurdles to deliver cabinet on time

11 Sep 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon faces an uphill struggle to deliver a new government next week as promised by its leaders to French President Emmanuel Macron, with new U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah allies complicating the process, Lebanese political sources said.

Huge blaze at Beirut port alarms residents a month after massive blast

11 Sep 2020

BEIRUT A large fire erupted at Beirut port on Thursday, engulfing parts of the Lebanese capital in a pall of smoke weeks after a massive blast devastated the port and ruined a swathe of the city. | Video

Rescuers search Beirut rubble for second day after pulse detected

04 Sep 2020

BEIRUT Rescue workers dug through the rubble of a Beirut building for a second day on Friday hoping to find someone alive more than a month after huge port explosion shattered Lebanon's capital. | Video

French spy master joins effort to deliver Lebanese reforms, sources say

03 Sep 2020

BEIRUT France's intelligence chief has joined efforts to push Lebanon to deliver a new government and reforms, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, buttressing President Emmanuel Macron's bid to pull the country out of a devastating economic crisis.

French roadmap sets blistering pace for Lebanon to change course

03 Sep 2020

BEIRUT A French roadmap for Lebanon's next government calls for the immediate resumption of talks with the International Monetary Fund to fix the shattered economy and swift moves to fight graft and introduce other reforms that have been delayed for years.

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