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Hezbollah will respond if Israel behind Beirut blast, says Nasrallah

14 Aug 2020

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that his group would wait for results of an investigation into the Beirut port explosion, but if it turns out to be an act of sabotage by Israel then it would "pay an equal price". | Video

Exclusive: Lebanon's leaders were warned in July about explosives at port - documents

11 Aug 2020

BEIRUT Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents seen by Reuters and senior security sources. | Video

EXCLUSIVE-Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port - documents

10 Aug 2020

* Paper trail shows multiple warnings about explosive material

Beirut residents mourn destruction amid transformed cityscape

09 Aug 2020

BEIRUT Curtains flutter through broken windows, piles of debris block the streets and top-floor apartments with their roofs blown off are exposed to the sky.

Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

26 Jul 2020

BEIRUT The deputy leader of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement on Sunday dismissed the prospect of an escalation of violence between the Iran-backed movement and Israel despite increased tensions in the last week.

Lebanese judge orders 'protective freeze' on assets of c.bank governor

20 Jul 2020

BEIRUT, July 20 A Lebanese judge on Monday ordered a protective freeze on some assets held by central bank governor Riad Salameh after ruling in favour of a complaint that he had allegedly undermined the financial standing of the state, the national news agency reported.

Exclusive: Lebanese man freed by U.S. as part of secret talks - sources

14 Jul 2020

BEIRUT A Lebanese man accused of financing Hezbollah was freed from jail in the United States last month as a result of indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington that are expected to yield more releases, three senior Middle East officials said.

Under 'financial siege', Lebanon must stave off strife, says Bassil

08 Jul 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon is facing a "financial siege" imposed by international powers and its priority is staving off strife caused by the country's economic meltdown, leading politician Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday.

Under 'financial siege', Lebanon must stave off strife, says Bassil

07 Jul 2020

BEIRUT Lebanon is facing a "financial siege" imposed by international powers and its priority is staving off strife caused by the country's economic meltdown, leading politician Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday.

'Falling off a cliff' - Lebanon's poor borrow to buy bread

03 Jul 2020

TRIPOLI, Lebanon For Amer al Dahn, the idea of eating meat is now a dream. Today, he can't even afford bread and depends on credit from the local grocer to feed his wife and four children in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.

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