Lebanon

Lebanon anti-government protesters form human chain across the country

Tens of thousands of people have formed a human chain across Lebanon in a show of national unity as part of a historic civil disobedience campaign. Amid a sea of Lebanese flags and music blaring from loudspeakers, people joined hands along coastal roads aiming to span 171 kilometres from the south to the north. Nationwide protests, ignited in part by ...

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Lebanon deploys water cannon, helicopters to fight wildfires across country

Wildfires that have swept across Lebanon since Monday have burned swathes of the country’s forest and killed at least one person, prompting Beirut to deploy water cannon and call on its neighbors for help. The cause of the flames, which has spread from woods south of Beirut up to pine forests in the north, remains unknown, though some officials have ...

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U.S. Sanctions Amp Up the Pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis, with officials warning the country’s economy can’t withstand the strain The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon ...

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Lebanon supports Cyprus in face of Turkish EEZ violations

Lebanon on Tuesday expressed its support for Cyprus in the face of Turkish provocations in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The issue was on the agenda of talks between Defence Minister Savvas Angelides and his Lebanese counterpart Elias Bou Saab who is visiting Cyprus. Saab said his country understands the Cypriot position and supports it “because Cyprus is always interested ...

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Fires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria

The Lebanese Civil Defense Directorate said that 104 fires have erupted in Lebanon since Monday night. Civil Defense Director General Gen. Raymond Khattar said “Lebanon has not seen anything similar for dozens of years, with fires reaching houses and institutions and burning forests home to natural biodiversity.” The Syrian coastal regions endured similar fires. The disaster was caused by dry ...

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US destroyer docks at Beirut Port

A U.S. destroyer docked at the Beirut Port early Saturday, being the first U.S. warship to do so in more than 30 years. The USS Ramage is a guided-missile destroyer, according to the U.S. Navy and is an Arleigh-Burke ship. Sources familiar with the move say this has been in the works for some time. LBCI quoted the U.S. Ambassador ...

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Lebanon takes steps to promote Chinese-Lebanese tourism ties to new height: minister

Lebanese Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian said on Wednesday that Lebanon is taking efforts to promote the Chinese-Lebanese tourism ties to a new height. “One of the best implemented achievements to date which will attract more Chinese tourists to Lebanon is their exemption from long procedures to receive a visa and from paying fees to enter our country. All they need ...

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Lebanon Was Just Rated “Largely Compliant” on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

A Report by The OECD Global Forum summarizing improvements and areas still needing monitoring. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published, on July 30, nine peer review reports assessing compliance with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request (EOIR). And, Lebanon was positively rated. The reports are part of the ...

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Lebanon’s Hariri hopes for decision in September on sea border talks

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday after talks in Washington that he hoped for a final decision, possibly in September, on a proposal for resolving a maritime border dispute with Israel on a gas pipeline. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Lebanon’s commitment to the talks and reiterated Washington’s willingness to facilitate discussions. “We consider the process ...

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Lebanon’s Aoun vows to tend to economic, financial reforms

Lebanon is expected to begin implementing in October a set of economic and financial measures agreed by its top leadership that will boost economic growth, President Michel Aoun said on Sunday, vowing that he would to tend to this himself. He was referring to decisions taken at a top-level meeting earlier this month with the aim of reviving an economy ...

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