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Laila Bassam

Syrian army poised to take key town in northwest

20 Aug 2019

BEIRUT Syrian government forces look set to recover a strategic town from rebels in a major Russian-backed offensive into the opposition's last major stronghold.

At vital moment, Lebanon paralysed by political conflict

30 Jul 2019

BEIRUT The political repercussions of a deadly shooting in Lebanon have paralyzed government at a critical moment and risk complicating efforts to enact reforms needed to steer the heavily indebted state away from financial crisis.

Lebanon secures release of American citizen from Syria

26 Jul 2019

BEIRUT Syrian authorities have released a U.S. citizen and he has been handed back to his family, thanks to the mediation of Lebanon, a Lebanese security official said on Friday.

Lebanon vows to restore security after deadly shootout

01 Jul 2019

BEIRUT The Lebanese government vowed on Monday to restore security to an area of a deadly shooting that has stirred fear of renewed strife in the Chouf Mountains, one of the bloodiest theaters of the 1975-90 civil war.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

25 Jun 2019

BEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump's vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon, reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its Christian-Muslim sectarian balance.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

24 Jun 2019

BEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump's vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon, reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its Christian-Muslim sectarian balance.

UPDATE 3-Lebanon must send message "of seriousness" by approving budget -finance minister

24 Jun 2019

BEIRUT, June 24 Lebanon's finance minister said on Monday it was important the country sendt a "clear message of seriousness" in the coming days by approving the 2019 state budget that aims to slash the deficit.

Lebanese IT specialist Zakka released by Iran

11 Jun 2019

BEIRUT A Lebanese businessman detained in Tehran for more than four years on charges of collaborating against Iran arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after his government secured his release.

Lebanon central bank workers strike, PM demands budgetary 'realism'

06 May 2019

BEIRUT Lebanese central bank employees went on strike on Monday over state budget proposals that would cut their benefits but Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said failure to pass a "realistic" budget would be like a "suicide operation" against the economy.

UPDATE 1-Lebanese banks should play role in reducing deficit -finance minister

18 Apr 2019

* Finance minister signals moves to cut public-sector wage bill

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