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Jean-Yves Le Drian is to visit Lebanon as the country struggles with crippling economic problems and a failure to form a government.

Lebanese figures involved in the country's political crisis or corruption now face sanctions by France, Paris said.

Fears rise for Lebanese musician missing in Saudi Arabia

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Fears rise for Lebanese musician missing in Saudi Arabia

Samir Sfeir has reportedly been arresting in Saudi Arabia, on unknown charges.

As MBS rises, giant Bin Laden construction company declines

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As MBS rises, giant Bin Laden construction company declines

The giant Saudi Bin Laden construction company, founded by Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s father, survived the fallout of September ...

The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

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The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

Many Iraqis say the fire is yet another example of the state's corruption and mismanagement leading to the death and misfortune of civilians.

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Protester killed as Iraq cracks down on electricity demonstrations

Security forces in Iraq used live bullets to disperse protesters demanding electricity in the capital Baghdad.

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Pope Francis to visit Lebanon after government formation

Pope Francis has told Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri that he will visit Lebanon, but indicated that this would only ...

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US warns of punitive actions for Lebanese blocking reforms

David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, did not specify what kind of punitive actions Lebanese officials could face.

Emile Nakhleh

The world watches Lebanon on brink of collapse

Comment: Emile Nakhleh examines how corruption has brought Lebanese society to the brink, and why the international community and its ...

Macron urged to freeze 'doubtful' Lebanese assets

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Macron urged to freeze 'doubtful' Lebanese assets

President Emmanuel Macron is being urged to freeze suspect assets held by Lebanese officials in France.

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Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction: report

Berlin will tie reconstruction funding to the formation of a new reformist government, sources said.

France: 'time has come' to up pressure on Lebanon

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France: 'time has come' to up pressure on Lebanon

The French government said that "the time has come" to increase international pressure on Lebanon's deeply divided political class to form a ...

Suspects arrested over killing of Libya militia leader

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Suspects arrested over killing of Libya militia leader

Two suspects were arrested in an investigation over the killing of a militia leader wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Lebanon announces third bread price hike in nine months

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Lebanon announces third bread price hike in nine months

Lebanon hiked the price of bread for the third time in nine months, which the government blamed on a plunge in the value of the local currency.

Lebanon PM, president trade blame, as government formation delayed

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Lebanon PM, president trade blame, as government formation delayed

Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun failed Monday to agree on a new government line-up ...

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Lebanon cabinet talks break down, causing anger and concern

Talks on the formation of a new Lebanese Cabinet between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri broke down, causing anger and despair.

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Lebanon's wrangling leaders to meet over government formation

Lebanon's president and prime minister are set to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss the formation of a new government, although the situation ...

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Lebanon PM-designate says new cabinet needed to stem crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said that a cabinet urgently needed to be formed to deal with the country's ...

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Lebanon president and PM-designate argue over govt formation

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun urged prime minister-designate Saad Hariri to either form a government "quickly" or to step ...

With Lebanon in freefall, what comes next?

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With Lebanon in freefall, what comes next?

The Lebanese currency hits new lows on a daily basis and the political parties are in a state of atrophy.

Nizar Hassan

As Lebanon's politicians stall, its people suffer hopelessly

Comment: Lebanon's political class displays a tolerance for stalling that contrasts strikingly with the sense of urgency that the situation ...

Russian foreign minister discusses Middle East affairs with Hezbollah

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Russian foreign minister discusses Middle East affairs with Hezbollah

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with a delegation from Lebanese Hezbollah in the midst of the worst economic crisis in Lebanon

Lebanese parliament approves World Bank loan

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Lebanese parliament approves World Bank loan

The approval of the $246 million loan came as the local currency tumbled to a record new low on the black market, triggering immediate protests.

Lebanon heads for blackout as electricity funds dry up

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Lebanon heads for blackout as electricity funds dry up

Crises-hit Lebanon could soon face total darkness if no funds are secured to buy fuel for power, a senior energy official said.

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