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Lebanon is suffering from a severe Covid-19 spike and authorities have imposed a curfew in a desperate attempt to contain the virus.

Three Syrian businessmen who have been sanctioned by the US over their alleged ties to the regime, have been linked to the purchase of ammonium nitrate.

Lebanese health minister admitted to hospital with Covid-19

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Lebanese health minister admitted to hospital with Covid-19

Lebanon's minister of public health has been admitted to hospital, just over a week after he was allegedly pictured at a large social gathering.

<em>Lebanon</em> enters strict lockdown to stem coronavirus uptick

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Lebanon enters strict lockdown to stem coronavirus uptick

Lebanon began its first day of a strict 11-day lockdown imposed in a bid to slow down the coronavirus spread.

<em>Lebanon</em> considers tighter lockdown amid coronavirus surge

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Lebanon considers tighter lockdown amid coronavirus surge

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

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Lebanon begins new lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases

With infections hitting record levels, Lebanon is entering a 25 day lockdown, to stop hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

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Lebanon faces new curbs after new year Covid-19 spike

The Lebanese government announced tightened restrictions through January in a bid to contain a spike in novel coronavirus infections threatening ...

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Ten hurt in Lebanon gas depot blast

At least 10 people were injured when an explosion rocked a warehouse storing gas canisters near Lebanon's border with Syria, the ...

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.

Medics warn of coronavirus 'catastrophe' in <em>Lebanon</em>

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Medics warn of coronavirus 'catastrophe' in Lebanon

Lebanon, with a population of around six million, has recorded 183,888 coronavirus cases, including 1,466 deaths, since February.

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2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

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The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

<em>Lebanon</em> 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 actually ...

<em>Lebanon</em> 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.

<em>Lebanon</em> reserving nearly 2 million coronavirus vaccines

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Lebanon reserving nearly 2 million coronavirus vaccines

Cash-strapped Lebanon will pay a $4 million deposit at the deal's signing, expected Monday, as it hopes to cover the remaining $23 ...

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Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Coronavirus restrictions are keeping away the thousands of visitors who usually celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

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Lebanon passes landmark law criminalising sexual harassment

Lebanon's parliament on Monday passed a landmark bill criminalising sexual harassment and amended a controversial domestic violence law.

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'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

Comedians have found plenty of material in the many mishaps of Lebanon, a multi-confessional country still deeply divided after the ...

Beirut blast probe suspended amid political tussle

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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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France's Macron tests positive for coronavirus, cancels Lebanon visit

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for coronavirus and has cancelled an upcoming visit to Lebanon.

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

Gaia Caramazza

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

The price of Arab resilience

Nadine Talaat

The price of Arab resilience

Comment: Too often, narratives of resilience are told in place of critique, letting those responsible for crony politics, corruption and human ...

Lebanon's PM refuses further questioning over port blast

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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 prosecutor leading the ...

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