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World Mar 04Anger in Lebanon as currency, prices spiral out of control
Protests have broken out in different parts of Lebanon with roads closed by demonstrators who burned tires amid a worsening economic crisis and lack of progress on the formation of a new Cabinet.
World Feb 18Killings surge in Syria camp housing Islamic State families
In total, 20 men and women were killed last month in al-Hol, the sprawling camp in northeastern Syria housing families of the Islamic State group.
World Aug 17UN-backed court to issue verdicts in Lebanon’s Hariri case
More than 15 years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, a U.N.-backed tribunal is announcing verdicts this week in the trial of four members of the militant group Hezbollah allegedly involved in…
World Aug 08Protests in Beirut amid public fury over massive blast
Thousands of people poured into Beirut’s main square, where they set up symbolic nooses to hang politicians whose corruption and negligence they blame for Tuesday's explosion at the Port of Beirut.
World Aug 06Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders
After talks with Lebanese leaders, France’s Macron announced his country will organize a conference in the next few days to raise money for food, medicine, housing and other urgent aid.
World Aug 06Lebanon investigates blast amid rising anger, calls for change
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city’s port, and the visiting French president warned Thursday that without serious…
World Aug 05Negligence probed in deadly Beirut blast amid public anger
International help began to arrive as Lebanon's leaders struggled with the widespread damage and shocking aftermath of Tuesday's blast.
World Aug 05A shattered Beirut emerges from the rubble after deadly explosions
Residents of Beirut — stunned, sleepless and stoic — emerged from the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion searching for missing relatives, bandaging their wounds and retrieving what’s left of their homes.
World Aug 04Deadly explosion rocks Lebanon’s capital, causing widespread damage
Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said there were dead and wounded, but did not have an exact figure, just saying there were hundreds of casualties.
Health Mar 23War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case is confirmed
The arrival of the global pandemic in Syria as well as the Gaza Strip has raised concerns it could run rampant in some of the most vulnerable areas in the Middle East.