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Lebanon on brink of civil war, warns defence minister

Lebanon’s Defence Minister said on Thursday the country was in a “very dangerous situation” and compared street unrest of recent days to the start of 1975-90 civil war. One month after the start of nationwide protests, Lebanon is in serious political and economic trouble with no indication of its leaders …

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Lebanon’s grand mufti goes along with protestors

Lebanon’s grand mufti, the top cleric for Sunni Muslims, called on Saturday for those in power to meet protesters’ demands of ending corruption and sectarianism. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian also said the time had come for the prompt formation of a national emergency government of experts, in a …

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Saad Al-Hariri down but not out

Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister last week, had a positive meeting with leading politician Gebran Bassil on Wednesday and all ideas were discussed for getting the country out of economic crisis, a source close to Hariri said. Hariri’s resignation was prompted by an unprecedented wave of protests …

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Are Lebanon protests spontaneous or planned?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem   On October 17, 2019, protests erupted in most Lebanese cities, particularly in the center of Beirut, rejecting a $ 6-a-month WhatsApp tariff plus new taxes on gasoline and a 15% VAT increase. Soon, most of the Lebanese people from different classes, regions and sects reacted …

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Lebanese protestors rally around President Aoun

Thousands of protesters rallied outside Lebanon’s presidential palace on Sunday in a show of support for President Michel Aoun after protests calling for the ouster of the country’s elite that have toppled the government. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Tuesday following unprecedented nationwide protests, deepening a political crisis and …

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Lebanese banks say no unusual monetary movements

Lebanon’s banks did not see “any extraordinary movement” of money on Friday or Saturday, the first two days they reopened to the public after a two-week closure due to nationwide protests, the head of the banking association said on Saturday. “The reaction was almost the way we expected and anticipated. …

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Hariri at loggerheads with Hezbullah

After hitting a dead end in efforts to defuse the crisis sweeping Lebanon, Saad al-Hariri informed a top Hezbollah official on Monday he had no choice but to quit as prime minister in defiance of the powerful Shi’ite group. The decision by the Sunni leader shocked Hussein al-Khalil, political advisor …

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Hariri ready to become PM, with preconditions

Saad al-Hariri is ready to return as prime minister of a new Lebanese government, a senior official familiar with his thinking said, on condition it includes technocrats and can quickly implement reforms to stave off economic collapse. Hariri’s resignation on Tuesday left a political vacuum at a moment of acute …

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Lebanese PM resigns as protests escalate

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said he would submit his resignation on Tuesday, declaring he had hit a “dead end” in trying to resolve a crisis unleashed by huge protests against Lebanon’s ruling elite. The Sunni politician addressed the nation in a televised address after a mob loyal to Shi’ite …

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Hariri rumoured to be leaving office soon

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will “most probably” announce his government’s resignation on Tuesday, a senior official source from outside Hariri’s bloc told Reuters. A second official source also told Reuters earlier the premier is moving toward resigning. An unprecedented wave of protests has swept Lebanon for nearly two weeks, …

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Lebanon bans dollars from leaving country

A Lebanese state prosecutor on Sunday banned traders and money exchangers from taking significant amounts of physical dollar currency out of the country at air and land borders, state news agency NNA said. The order, which it said was issued by Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat, imposed the ban until the …

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Seventh day of protests paralyzes Lebanon

Lebanese army troops scuffled with demonstrators on Wednesday as they struggled to unblock main roads, after economic reforms proposed by the government failed to stem a historic wave protests against the political elite. Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded the streets for nearly a week, furious at a political …

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Lebanese government to cut minister’s pay

Lebanon’s cabinet is expected to approve reforms including halving ministers’ wages on Monday in a bid to ease an economic crisis and defuse protests that have been the biggest show of dissent against the ruling elite in decades. Protesters blocked roads for a fifth day of demonstrations fueled by the …

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Lebanese PM agrees to reform package

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has agreed a package of reforms with government partners to ease an economic crisis that has sparked nationwide protests, official sources told Reuters, with a cabinet meeting expected on Monday to approve them. Hariri, who is leading a coalition government mired by sectarian and political …

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Anti-government protests persist in Lebanon

Thousands of demonstrators poured into Lebanon’s streets on Saturday for a third day of anti-government protests, directing growing rage at a political elite they blame for driving the country to the economic brink. From the south to the east and north, protesters blocked roads, burned tyres and marched through the …

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Wilfires spinning out of control in Lebanon

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 …

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Protests break out in Lebanon

Protesters blocked roads across Lebanon on Sunday in demonstrations against deteriorating conditions in a country grappling with an economic and financial crisis. Tires were set ablaze on several major roads in Beirut, paralyzing the capital. Several hundred people chanted “Down with capitalism” and “Leave!” as they marched along a main …

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Saad al-Hariri says Macron working to avert Gulf crisis

France is working to “reduce the escalation” following an attack on Saudi oil installations, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Friday following talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. “The French role is constant and following this matter in order to reduce the escalation that is happening,” Hariri said. Source: …

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Lebanon mulling selling debt in dollars

Lebanon is still considering the option of a new dollar debt sale and has not yet announced any issuance, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters on Thursday. Last week Khalil said that one option in front of Lebanon for paying its debt obligations for the year would be to …

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Aoun warns Israel with dire consequences of any war

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun warned on Friday that Israel would bear the results of any attack on his country, days after a flare-up at the border between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah. “Any attack on Lebanon’s sovereignty … will be met with legitimate self-defense which Israel will bear all the consequences …

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Lebanon in state of economic emergency

Lebanon will declare an economic emergency and the government has begun work on a plan to accelerate public finance reforms, its prime minister said on Monday. Saad al-Hariri also said the policy of keeping stable the Lebanese pound, which is pegged to the dollar, would continue. Cabinet ministers, politicians and …

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Israel and Lebanon trade words as well as shells

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel was prepared for any scenario after a cross-border clash with Lebanon’s Hezbollah but neither side seemed eager for another conflict. Israel’s military said anti-tank missiles from Lebanon targeted an army base and vehicles and that it responded with fire into southern …

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Israeli drones burn forest in Lebanon

The Lebanese military said an Israeli drone, which violated Lebanon’s airspace, dropped incendiary material and sparked a fire in a pine forest by the border on Sunday. The fires near the border in Lebanon “originate with operations by our forces in the area,” the Israeli military said in a statement …

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