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Lebanese foreign minister quits over slow reforms, Aoun adviser takes over

03 Aug 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon named the president's diplomatic adviser as new foreign minister on Monday after Nassif Hitti quit the post, blaming a lack of political will to enact reforms to halt a financial meltdown which he warned could turn Lebanon into a failed state.

UPDATE 5-"Help us help you", France tells crisis-hit Lebanon

23 Jul 2020

* Progress needed in fixing electricity grid (Adds quote, details)

Blackouts darken misery of Lebanon's economic collapse

10 Jul 2020

BEIRUT Samira Hanna spends a lot of time in the dark. Her old Beirut apartment gets less than two hours of electricity a day, and with Lebanon's economy in ruins, the grandmother can barely afford candles, let alone a private generator.

Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh U.S. sanctions grip

09 Jul 2020

DUBAI/BEIRUT Syria could face severe bread shortages for the first time since the start of the war, another challenge for President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with an economic meltdown and fresh U.S. sanctions, a U.N. official, activists and farmers said.

As Lebanon sinks into crisis, fear of crime grows

22 Jun 2020

BEIRUT Vincent al-Boustani's local council, in a small town north of Lebanon's capital, runs a tight ship: staff and volunteers conduct 24/7 patrols, cameras monitor the streets and motorcycles are banned after 9 pm.

Trapped migrant workers suffer from Lebanon's dollar crisis, lockdown

22 May 2020

BEIRUT Temitope can't find work in Lebanon since the Nigerian domestic worker escaped her employer's house last month.

Lockdowns pile job losses and hunger onto Syrian refugees' plight

10 May 2020

BEIRUT Ahmad al-Mostafa can't afford milk for his baby daughter. A Syrian refugee, he has barely been able to feed his family since Lebanon sank into economic crisis last year. But now, a coronavirus lockdown has made things even worse. | Video

Prominent Beirut university faces fight of its life as crises hit

08 May 2020

BEIRUT One of the Arab world's oldest universities faces its worst crisis since its foundation, with huge losses, staff cuts and an uphill battle to stay afloat as Lebanon's economic meltdown and the coronavirus pandemic hit revenues.

Lebanon import woes deepen as supply chains buckle under coronavirus

08 Apr 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon's food importers, already hit by a dollar crunch, have struggled to book new cargoes as the coronavirus pandemic threatens supplies and sparks fears of even more painful price hikes.

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