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Beirut: Explosion The Hon.Jason Clare MP Anyone with Lebanese blood in their veins lives with the heartache of what’s happened to Lebanon over the last few decades—the civil war, the bombings, the violence, the assassinations, the interference of foreign powers, the influx of refugees, the corruption, the virus and now this. Anyone with Lebanese blood in their veins won’t forget ...

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Ex-Lebanon premier denies knowledge of Beirut shipment

Former Lebanese premier Tammam Salam has denied receiving correspondence or information about the arrival of hazardous chemical materials shipment in Beirut, which allegedly caused a deadly blast in the capital on Tuesday. In a statement on Sunday, Salam’s media office said reports alleging that he was aware of the arrival of a ship carrying chemical materials to Beirut were “false ...

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Lebanon blast ‘crime against humanity’: Patriarch

Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai has called for an international investigation into Tuesday’s Beirut port explosion. “It is a right for countries that provide Lebanon with generous assistance to know the mysterious causes, and the body that kept this big quantity of explosive material for six years at the most dangerous place in the capital [Beirut], and the ...

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Lebanon protesters storm ministries as violent protests grip Beirut

Lebanon’s protesters stormed several government ministries as violent protests gripped Beirut on Saturday night. The foreign ministry, the environment ministry and the economy ministry were occupied by angry demonstrators who called for the downfall of Lebanon’s ruling elite five days after a blast ripped through the Lebanese capital causing widespread destruction. The Banking Association, which protesters blame for the country’s worsening banking ...

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Lebanon facing ‘perfect storm’ of devastation after deadly blast, unrest: expert

Even before a pair of explosions in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut tore a vicious streak of death and damage through the city last week, the country was already grappling with a severe economic and political crisis. Now, the blasts combined with the coronavirus pandemic, rampant unrest and political corruption have created what one expert in an interview with The West Block is calling a “perfect storm” ...

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International donor conference kicks off to support Lebanon after Beirut blast

International leaders are meeting to discuss aid for Lebanon in a donor conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations. The conference aims to support the Middle Eastern country following an explosion in capital city Beirut that killed 158 people. “The objective of this conference is for us to unite today to definitively pool our resources in ...

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Lebanese Security Forces Clash With Protesters in Beirut

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas Saturday at thousands of demonstrators who gathered in Beirut’s main square to protest the government’s management of the recent explosion that devastated large parts of the city. At the beginning of a planned protest, a small group of men started throwing stones at security forces as they tried to jump over barriers that were ...

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Lebanon Announces Measures to Stabilize Currency, Food Prices

Lebanese officials announced more measures to stabilize the nation’s plunging local currency and rein in soaring food prices that have triggered nationwide protests. The government will expand the list of subsidized goods, such as wheat, fuel and medicine, to include more than 200 food items, Economy Minister Raoul Nehme said at a joint briefing with central bank Governor Riad Salameh ...

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Lebanese Expats Report Cancellation Of Their Non-MEA Flights To Lebanon

the airport’s reopening day draws closer, people preparing to return to Lebanon are reporting that their non-MEA flights are getting canceled. it’s worth noting that not all flights to Lebanon are being canceled. Emirates recently announced that it will soon be flying to Beirut. However, those whose flights are being canceled are left with only one alternative: A costly Middle East Airlines ...

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IMF chief says more unity needed in Lebanon on reforms

nternational Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said she does not yet have reason to see a breakthrough in negotiations with Lebanon to help resolve the country’s economic crisis. Georgieva told a Reuters Newsmaker webcast event that IMF officials continue to work with Lebanon, but it is unclear whether the country’s leaders, stakeholders and society can unify around reforms needed ...

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