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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.

Hezbollah plans 'calculated' response to Israel - sources

27 Aug 2019

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Hezbollah is preparing a "calculated strike" against its enemy Israel after drones crashed in Beirut but it seeks to avoid a new war, two sources allied to the heavily armed Shi'ite Muslim movement told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hezbollah leader says Israeli army to face quick retaliation to drone 'attack' in Beirut

25 Aug 2019

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday warned the Israeli army stationed along the border with Lebanon that his movement was preparing an imminent response to two Israeli drones which crashed overnight in a suburb of Beirut.

Hezbollah leader says Israeli army to face quick retaliation to drone 'attack' in Beirut

25 Aug 2019

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday warned the Israeli army stationed along the border with Lebanon that his movement was preparing an imminent response to two Israeli drones which crashed overnight in a suburb of Beirut.

WRAPUP 4-Hezbollah leader calls Israeli drones in Beirut very dangerous move

25 Aug 2019

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM, Aug 25 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday the fall of two Israeli drones overnight in suburbs of Beirut dominated by the Iranian-backed group amounted to a very dangerous move.

Two Israeli drones fall in Beirut suburbs, one explodes - army, Hezbollah

25 Aug 2019

BEIRUT An Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut and a second one exploded near the ground early on Sunday, the Lebanese army and Hezbollah said, in the first such incident in more than a decade.

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.

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