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Lebanon appeals for import aid; France to hold meeting

06 Dec 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon appealed to friendly states on Friday to help it import essential goods as it grapples with an acute economic crisis, and official sources said France would convene an international meeting next week to mobilise support for the country.

Fears of violence grow as Lebanese crisis deepens

27 Nov 2019

BEIRUT The crisis sweeping Lebanon has taken a violent turn this week with three nights of skirmishes that have prompted warnings of bloodshed and revived memories of the 1975-90 civil war.

Lack of legal clause poses risk for crisis-hit Lebanon bonds

27 Nov 2019

LONDON/BEIRUT As Lebanon's crisis-hit bonds flash warnings of a sovereign debt distress ahead, any potential restructuring is likely complicated by the absence of widely-used legal clauses barring bondholders from holding up the negotiations in the courts.

Lebanon's Hariri says he does not want be PM

26 Nov 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri said on Tuesday he did not want to be prime minister of a new government, putting the onus on adversaries including the Iran-backed group Hezbollah to find an alternative who can steer the country out of crisis.

Hezbollah accuses U.S. of meddling in Lebanon's crisis

22 Nov 2019

BEIRUT Hezbollah accused the United States of meddling in the formation of a new Lebanese government on Friday, its strongest accusation yet of U.S. interference in Lebanon's political and economic crisis.

Banks erect financial 'fence' as crisis sweeps Lebanon - association head

20 Nov 2019

BEIRUT Lebanese banks are liquid but operating in a very strong "wave of uncertainty", the banking association head said, describing temporary controls introduced this week as "a fence to protect the system" until the situation normalises.

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.

Lebanon's crisis is 'dangerous', evokes start of '75 war - defence minister

14 Nov 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's Defence Minister said on Thursday the country was in a "very dangerous situation" and compared street unrest of recent days to the start of 1975-90 civil war.

CORRECTED-Lebanon's crisis is "dangerous", evokes start of civil war-defence minister

14 Nov 2019

BEIRUT, Nov 14 Lebanon's Defence Minister said on Thursday the country was in a "very dangerous situation" and compared street unrest of recent days to the start of 1975-90 civil war.

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