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Lebanon business group urges general strike to push for end to crisis

25 Nov 2019

BEIRUT A major Lebanese business group called on Monday for a three-day general strike to press divided politicians to form a government and end a crisis that has brought the economy to a standstill.

Lebanon slips deeper into crisis after Safadi withdrawal

17 Nov 2019

BEIRUT Protesters waving Lebanese flags rallied in cities and towns in their thousands on Sunday to mark a month of protests against the ruling elite as politicians struggled to form a government and solve the worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.

Man killed as protests sweep Lebanon after Aoun interview

12 Nov 2019

BEIRUT President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday Lebanon faced a catastrophe if protesters did not go home, igniting a new wave of demonstrations during which a protester was shot and killed after an altercation with Lebanese soldiers near Beirut.

Hezbollah says its 'arms won't be twisted' as crisis deepens

11 Nov 2019

BEIRUT Political talks to agree an urgently needed Lebanese government are still deadlocked, three senior sources said on Sunday, as the powerful Shi'ite group Hezbollah indicated it would not be forced into concessions.

Hariri ready to be Lebanese PM again but with conditions - source

30 Oct 2019

BEIRUT Saad al-Hariri is ready to return as prime minister of a new Lebanese government, a senior official familiar with his thinking said, on condition it includes technocrats and can quickly implement reforms to stave off economic collapse.

Exclusive: How Lebanon's Hariri defied Hezbollah

30 Oct 2019

BEIRUT After hitting a dead end in efforts to defuse the crisis sweeping Lebanon, Saad al-Hariri informed a top Hezbollah official on Monday he had no choice but to quit as prime minister in defiance of the powerful Shi'ite group.

Lebanon's Hariri agrees to reforms amid nationwide protests over economic crisis

21 Oct 2019

BEIRUT Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri agreed on Sunday a package of reforms with government partners to ease an economic crisis that has sparked protests aimed at ousting a ruling elite seen as riddled with corruption and cronyism. | Video

Thousands take to Lebanon's streets in third day of anti-government protests

19 Oct 2019

BEIRUT Tens of thousands took to the streets of Lebanon on Saturday for a third day of anti-government protests, directing growing rage at a political elite they blame for entrenched cronyism and driving the country to the economic brink. | Video

As Lebanon reforms go slowly, protests suggest widening anger

03 Oct 2019

BEIRUT In a country fractured along sectarian lines, the unusually wide geographic reach of protests over Lebanon's dire economy on Sunday suggests deepening anger with an entire class of politicians who have jointly led it into crisis.

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