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US denies it is sanctioning Lebanese central bank

Washington denied on Friday that it was considering imposing sanctions on Lebanon’s veteran central bank governor Riad Salameh, whose role in the country’s financial turmoil has come under fresh scrutiny. “We have seen reports about possible sanctions on Riad Salameh. They are untrue,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson told Reuters. …

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Hezbollah strenuously denies links to activist’s death

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday dismissed accusations of any links between the group and the killing of researcher and activist Lokman Slim. “Any incident that happens in your area then you are accused until the opposite is proven? Is this something that is practiced in the whole …

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Hariri, Macron talk new government, financial crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday dined with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the crisis in Lebanon and the difficulties in forming a new government, according to Hariri’s Twitter account. “Presidents Hariri and Macron discussed the internal Lebanese difficulties that hinder the formation of the government and the …

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Hizbullah condemns Slim’s murder, Hariri describes him as “a new martyr on the path of freedom”

Hizbullah on Thursday condemned the assassination of rival activist and researcher Lokman Slim. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday described slain anti-Hizbullah activist and researcher Lokman Slim as “a new martyr on the path of Lebanon’s freedom and democracy.” In a statement, the party deplored “the killing of political activist …

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Will Lebanon join Trump and Abe?

What happens when a private entity or entities operating in Lebanon buys into Trump World Casino Florida, and purchases TRUMP MONEY WITH DEMURRAGE ? … Even more cash paper US dollars are flushed out of hiding. TRUMP MONEY WITH DEMURRAGE can only be bought with cash paper US dollars. So, …

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ISIS-suspects apprehended by Lebanese forces

Lebanon’s army said on Monday it had arrested 18 people, some Lebanese and others Syrian, with links to Islamic State. The arrests came in “field operations” that took place over the past two weeks in the border town of Arsal in the north, an army statement said. The individuals arrested …

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Israelis confirms Hezbollah claim of fallen drone

Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Monday it brought down an Israeli drone that had entered Lebanese airspace, while the Israeli military said one of its drones had fallen inside Lebanon. Hezbollah said in a statement carried by al-Manar television that it was now in control of the drone. The Israeli military …

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PM Diab condemns Tripoli protests, threatens mass arrests

Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, broke his silence on Saturday to condemn days of violent protest in Tripoli, the country’s most impoverished city, as “an assault on the state and its integrity.” “Everyone who participated in the riots will be arrested,” Diab said. His comments followed deadly clashes during …

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PM Diab condemns sudden eruption of violence in Tripoli

Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister on Friday condemned overnight violence in the city of Tripoli, where protesters angry over a strict lockdown clashed with security forces and set the municipality building on fire. Thursday was the fourth straight night of unrest in one of Lebanon’s poorest cities, after the government imposed …

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Lebanese soldiers wounded in loackdown protests

The Lebanese Army Command has announced that 31 soldiers were wounded during clashes between protesters and security forces in the northern city of Tripoli, after protests turned violent. People took to the streets in Tripoli, the south Beirut Dahye suburbs and in the Bekaa to protest their living conditions after …

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Rafik Al-Hariri’s son lashes out at Hezbollah

Bahaa Hariri, the eldest son of slain Lebanese statesman Rafik Hariri, is calling for a broad alliance — a “supermajority” — to coalesce around a plan to agree on the way forward for Lebanon as it faces multiple crises. Such an alliance is needed to implement the unfinished business of …

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Lebanese parliamentarians on war path against President Aoon

Michel Aoun

Deputies in the Lebanese Parliament have accused President Michel Aoun of acting “as a party, not as a president entrusted with the constitution.” On Saturday, MP Anwar Al-Khalil said that Aoun’s media office’s statement on Friday “undermines the Lebanese people’s minds and destroys the hope of forming an important government. …

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New dispute between Auon, Hariri threatens everything

The rift between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri over the formation of Lebanon’s new government widened on Friday. Hariri was instructed to form a new government on Oct. 22, but no progress has yet been made, leaving the country in a political deadlock to add to its …

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Lebanese footwear goes global thanks to US tiktok star

TikTok star Addison Rae stepped out in a pair of heels by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen this week. The Beirut-based designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion influencer Karen Wazen, launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers …

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Lebanon’s Road to Nowhere

The Levant News publishes voices from around the word from a wide variety of people with different political and social backgrounds. After stories from the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Italy and the United States today Alberto de Luca writes from Lebanon. A country suffering from an ongoing political and financial crisis …

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