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Lebanon ex-PM, 2 former ministers charged in Beirut blast probe

The judge investigating the 2020 Beirut port explosion has charged Lebanon’s then-Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, and two former ministers with homicide with probable intent, according to a court summons seen by the Reuters news agency.

US senators call on Biden to pressure Lebanon MPs over formation of new gov’t

Top Republican and Democratic senators have urged the administration of US President Joe Biden to use sanctions to pressure Lebanese lawmakers to form a new government.

Irish soldier on UN mission killed in Lebanon

An Irish soldier has been killed on a United Nations peackeeping duty in Lebanon after a convoy of two armoured utility vehicles carrying eight personnel travelling to Beirut came under fire, Ireland’s defence forces have confirmed.

Lebanon MPs fail for 9th time to fill vacant presidency

Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president Thursday for a ninth time, despite the damage the political deadlock is doing to efforts to bail out its economy.

Lebanese parliament fails 8th time to elect new president

Lebanese lawmakers on Thursday failed for the eighth time to elect a new president. Speaker Nabih Berru scheduled a new session on December 8, as the country's political deadlock continues to prevent consensus on a new president.

Israel inks agreement on gas field shared with Lebanon

French oil giant TotalEnergies has announced it will soon launch gas exploration operations off the Mediterranean Sea along Lebanon’s coast. It follows a US-mediated deal last month that put an end to a decades-long maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel.

Hezbollah won election despite all pressures, electoral law should change: Nasrallah

The secretary general of Hezbollah says the resistance movement won Lebanon’s recent parliamentary elections despite all pressures, calling, however, for reforms in the country’s electoral law.

Report: Hezbollah, allies gain majority in Lebanon parliamentary elections

A report says the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah and its political allies have managed to gain the majority of the seats in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections by getting a number of independent candidates on board.

“Hezbollah kept hold on government despite election losses”

Iran’s former attaché in Lebanon has said resistance movement Hezbollah will remain a potent force in the country despite losing some seats in the recent parliamentary elections.

Ministry: Hezbollah, allies lose majority in Lebanon parliament

Lebanon’s interior ministry says Hezbollah and its allies have lost their majority in the parliament. The country’s general election results were announced on Tuesday.

Lebanon votes in first election since economic collapse

Polls opened on Sunday in Lebanon’s first election since the country’s economic collapse, a test of whether Hezbollah and its allies can preserve their parliamentary majority amid soaring poverty and anger at ruling parties.

Israel artillery targets south Lebanon

The Israeli Army has reportedly targeted an area in southern Lebanon with heavy artillery fire in what is calls retaliation for rocket firing from Lebanon.

Boat carrying migrants vapsizes off Lebanon

One child has died but more than 40 people have been rescued following the sinking of a boat off the coast of Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli on Saturday, Transport Minister Ali Hamie told Reuters.

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia rekindle ties with Lebanon

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait returned their ambassadors to Beirut in a move that slowly thaws a diplomatic crisis that has strained Lebanon since last October, sparked by critical comments of the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Recent improvements in relations between Lebanon and the two Persian Gulf states have relieved the cash-strapped country’s politicians.

At least one killed, several injured in Lebanon blast

At least one person was killed and seven others were injured in an explosion at a scout centre affiliated with the Amal Movement near Sidon in southern Lebanon, officials told Reuters early on Tuesday.

Minister: Lebanon thwarts Daesh suicide attacks

Lebanese security forces have foiled three suicide attacks planned by militants linked to Daesh terror group in Beirut's southern suburbs, Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said Wednesday.

Hezbollah chief says movement making drones, rockets on its own

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says the resistance group is making rockets and drones on its own and has the capability to turn rockets into precision missiles.

Lebanon unions go on strike amid dire economic conditions

A general strike by public transportation and labor unions paralyzed Lebanon Thursday as the country in engulfed in one of the world’s worst economic crises.

Lebanon central bank chief banned from leaving country

A Lebanese judge has issued a travel ban against Central Bank Governor over a lawsuit accusing him of financial misconduct.

Lebanon hit by nationwide blackout

Electricity was cut off throughout Lebanon on Saturday. Lebanon’s state electricity company has announced its power plants had stopped working after protesters stormed a key substation and tampered with the electrical equipment.

Lebanon to hold parliamentary vote in mid-May

Parliamentary elections in Lebanon will be held on 15 May, while nationals living abroad will be able to cast their votes on 6 or 8 May, Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said on Monday.

Aoun says Lebanon needs 6-7 years to exit crisis

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has cautioned that the Middle Eastern country needs "six to seven years" to emerge from the current economic crisis.

Resigned Lebanon minister not to back down from absuardity of Yemen war

Former Lebanese information minister George Kordahi, who resigned under pressure from Saudi Arabia, stresses that he will not retract his statement denouncing the years-long Saudi-led aggression against impoverished Yemen.

Around a dozen injured in blast in Lebanon Palestinian camp

A large explosion rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on Friday night, injuring about a dozen people, according to rescue workers on scene and a Palestinian source inside the camp.

Lebanon’s information minister quits to ease Saudi dispute

Lebanon's information minister resigned on Friday saying he was putting the nation before his personal interest as he sought to end a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia sparked by his comments.

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