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Premier Hassan Diab has rejected the charges as "politically targeting" the position of prime minister, accusing the prosecutor leading the probe of violating the constitution.

Ministers agreed in a meeting on Tuesday draft a plan to help cut spending while maintaining support for some basic goods.

France looks to rally aid for Lebanon

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France looks to rally aid for Lebanon

Wednesday's meeting will reportedly concern the use of urgent aid, father than substantial financial pledges to a country one French official said is "known for its dysfunctions".

Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

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Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

Like the Castro family in Cuba and North Korea’s Kim dynasty, the Assads have attached their name to their country the way few non-monarchical ...

Hariri's return: the fruit of a counterrevolution

Nizar Hassan

Hariri's return: the fruit of a counterrevolution

Comment: By returning Hariri to the premiership, Lebanon's ruling class has completed a counterrevolutionary cycle that started with his ...

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US sanctions 'slow down' Lebanon government formation: report

US sanctions have made it hard for Prime Minister-designate Moustapha Adib to change leadership in the finance ministry and others where donors demand reform.

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For Lebanese, recovery too heavy to bear after blast

Lebanese families are still struggling with rebuilding in the wake of the massive explosion centered at Beirut's port.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah hit by backlash after Beirut blast

For many, Hezbollah stands at the top of Lebanon's sectarian-based system of power – and so is complicit in the corruption many blame for the ...

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Israeli lawmakers negotiate ahead of looming budget deadline

Israel's lawmakers hurried to negotiate a last minute deal to delay a budget deadline and avoid sending the country to its fourth parliamentary ...

To pre-empt disaster capitalism, Beirut needs a people-centred recovery

Mona Fawaz

To pre-empt disaster capitalism, Beirut needs a people-centred recovery

To empower residents affected by the Beirut blast to hold on to their neighbourhoods, any recovery should follow a people-first approach, argues ...

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Turkish lira hits record low as forex reserves dwindle

The new fall comes as markets worry about a meltdown in the foreign currency reserves at Turkey's central bank.

Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

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Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly ...

Virus adds to despair felt by war-weary young Arabs

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Virus adds to despair felt by war-weary young Arabs

The pandemic has plunged millions of young people in the Middle East into the kind of deep uncertainty and despair they had hoped to leave ...

Lebanon activists form coalition to defend free speech

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Lebanon activists form coalition to defend free speech

The Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon includes international watchdogs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch along ...

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Sam Hamad

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Comment: Russia is exploiting its UN Security Council veto power for the purposes of aiding and abetting war crimes in Syria, writes Sam Hamad.

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Lebanon's rising power cuts add to economic crisis

Lebanon is experiencing a serious economic crisis offset by power cuts and austerity.

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#SoundOfResilience: Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite virus, economic crisis

This year's Baalbek International Festival broadcasted performances, held among Roman columns, on local and regional TV stations and streamed on ...

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Lebanon's leading Christian clerics slam government's economic mismanagement

Lebanese are suffering unprecedented economic meltdown since the civil war.

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Pope warns of 'mass starvation' in Syria and Lebanon

As Syria and Lebanon continue to struggle amid worsening economic crises, the Pope on Sunday urged world leaders to help the two countries.

Syria's Assad must compromise or face sanctions, US warns

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Syria's Assad must compromise or face sanctions, US warns

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad must come to a political compromise or face further sanctions, the US warned on Tuesday, suggesting the ...

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Syrian security forces detain protesters in southern city

Anti-regime protests erupted in the southern city of Suweidah last week amid a crash in the local currency.

Syria regime mobilises supporters after Suweidah anti-Assad protests

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Syria regime mobilises supporters after Suweidah anti-Assad protests

Suweidah province has seen large-scale protests against the Syrian regime.

Trump threatens to 'close down' social media

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Trump threatens to 'close down' social media

Donald Trump claimed social networks 'totally silence conservative voices' after Twitter tagged two of his posts propounding his unfounded ...

Lebanon calls for financial aid amid virus outbreak

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Lebanon calls for financial aid amid virus outbreak

Aoun urged donors during a meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon to unlock $11 billion in grants and loans they pledged during ...

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