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Lebanon approved a draft law allowing imports of coronavirus vaccines as the country hit a new record in case numbers.

Lebanon's handling of the virus surge amid a deepening economic crisis has been under scrutiny, with many saying hesitant policies have failed to contain the spread of the disease.

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Paul McLoughlin

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are the countries most at risk according to the IRC Emergency Watchlist for 2021.

Lebanon PM's office backtracks on FBI blast report

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Lebanon PM's office backtracks on FBI blast report

Diab told journalists a report by the US domestic intelligence agency showed less than a quarter of the reported ammonium nitrate had ...

Lebanon government says it can only afford six-months subsidies

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Lebanon government says it can only afford six-months subsidies

Many Lebanese rely on government subsidies to afford basic goods.

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Beirut blast probe suspended amid political tussle

The Lebanese judge investigating the Beirut blast suspended the probe after two ministers he charged requested he be removed.

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Lebanon's PM refuses further questioning over port blast

Premier Hassan Diab has rejected the charges as "politically targeting" the position of prime minister, accusing the ...

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Lebanon judge indicts PM, 3 ex-ministers over port blast

The outgoing premier is among three former ministers who are being indicted over the Beirut port explosion that decimated much of the city.

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Beirut silos at heart of debate about port blast

The Beirut explosion cost the lives of hundreds, and decimated the city centre, and Lebanon is still reeling from the destruction caused.

Lebanon extends Covid-19 general mobilisation period until March

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Lebanon extends Covid-19 general mobilisation period until March

Lebanon has extended the general mobilisation period to March 2021 in efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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UK minister urges action over Lebanon food insecurity

The Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has called on Lebanese officials to implement reforms in order to avoid a disaster.

Forensic audit firm drops Lebanon over missing data: presidency

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Forensic audit firm drops Lebanon over missing data: presidency

A New York-based firm pulled out from the audit after Lebanese authorities failed to hand over essential documents on time.

Lebanon to impose lockdown, curfew as virus surges

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Lebanon to impose lockdown, curfew as virus surges

Lebanon has broken daily records in recent weeks, straining the country’s medical sector where intensive care units are almost full and cannot ...

Lebanon gets more time to meet audit demand

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Lebanon gets more time to meet audit demand

Lebanon has been given three more months to provide data for a forensic audit of the central bank after failing to meet a deadline

Lebanon begins consultations to pick new prime minister

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Lebanon begins consultations to pick new prime minister

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun is holding meetings with the country's parliamentarians to name a new prime minister.

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Lebanon's exit from crisis hinges on new PM: president

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said the country's next prime minister will have to lead reforms and battle corruption.

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Lebanon bemoans lack of blast satellite images

Hassan Diab called on French President Emmanuel Macron to provide satellite images of the port "before, during and after" the ...

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France's 'enraged' Macron 'washes hands of Lebanon'

France's Emmanuel Macron has reportedly ended efforts to find a solution to Lebanon's financial and political crisis.

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Former Lebanese PM Hariri announces candidacy for government formation

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said that he is a possible candidate to lead Lebanon’s government formation, following the ...

Lebanon to begin consultations to name new premier

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Lebanon to begin consultations to name new premier

Lebanon's presidency has announced parliamentary consultations to name a new prime minister will begin next week.

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Mustapha Adib, Lebanon's short-lived PM-designate

Opposition groups representing the protest movement that erupted last year had reportedly rejected Adib's nomination before it was even ...

Lebanon on verge of another garbage crisis, warns HRW

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Lebanon on verge of another garbage crisis, warns HRW

Last month's explosion generated huge amounts of debris while causing serious damage to the Lebanon's waste management infrastructure

Outgoing Lebanon PM testifies in Beirut port blast

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Outgoing Lebanon PM testifies in Beirut port blast

The lead investigator of the Beirut blast heard a testimony from outgoing prime minister Hassan Diab.

Lebanon: from deadly explosion to new PM

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Lebanon: from deadly explosion to new PM

On August 4, one of the biggest ever non-nuclear explosions destroyed swathes of the capital. By the end of the month, a new Prime Minister was ...

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