Lebanon

Hourslong clashes between police, protesters engulf Beirut

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from central Beirut in clashes that lasted for hours into early Sunday.

The violence around the epicenter of the protest in Beirut was some of the worst since the demonstrations began two months ago.

Hezbollah wants everyone in Lebanon government

14 Dec 2019; MEMO: Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Friday the next government must bring together all sides so that it can tackle the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, signalling no progress in talks on a new cabinet.

"How can a government of one colour tackle a crisis this dangerous?. The crisis requires that everyone stand together."

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

Main Lebanon PM candidate withdraws from consideration

BEIRUT (AP) — A possible candidate for prime minister of Lebanon said Sunday he is withdrawing from consideration for the post, prolonging the country’s political crisis.

Samir Khatib said the country’s top Sunni religious authority told him the community supports the re-appointment of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned Oct. 29 under fire from anti-government protesters.

Lebanon appeals to Germany, Britain, Spain for help with imports

Lebanon appealed to more friendly states on Saturday to help it import essential goods as it wrestles with an acute economic crisis and hard currency shortages, the office of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said, Reuters reports.

08 Dec 2019; MEMO: Hariri wrote to the leaders of Germany, Britain and Spain on Saturday to request help in securing credit for imports, having made the same appeal on Friday to Saudi Arabia, France, Russia, Turkey, the United States, China, and Egypt.

Lebanon appeals for import aid; France to hold meeting

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon said on Friday it had asked friendly states to help finance imports of essential goods, as sources said France is planning an international meeting to mobilize support for its former colony’s deep economic crisis.

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said that his office had sent an appeal for assistance in securing credit for imports of food and raw materials for manufacturing.

The appeal was sent to Saudi Arabia, France, Russia, Turkey, the United States, China, and Egypt, Hariri said in a statement.

Hundreds Of Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Return Home

BEIRUT, Dec 4 (NNN-NNA) – Hundreds of Syrian refugees have headed home, in the first batch to leave Lebanon, since protests broke out in the small Arab country, more than a month ago.

Since the early hours of Tuesday, scores of Syrians boarded buses in several locations in Lebanon, before heading back to their hometowns in war-torn Syria.

Vanessa Moya of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said, some 225 Syrian refugees were scheduled to head back to Syria, raising the number to about 27,000 refugees who have returned to Syria over the past two years.

UN Senior Official Says Israeli Settlements Violate Int’l Law

BEIRUT, Dec 3 (NNN-NNA) – A UN senior official, said, Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine, constitute a flagrant violation of international law.

The remarks were made by Rola Dashti, executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), during a celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, at ESCWA’s headquarters in Beirut.

Dashti also voiced commitment to safeguarding the rights of the Palestinian people.

In death and life, Lebanese woman shows religious law fight

BEIRUT (AP) — Nadyn Jouny’s sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance.

The first Jouny wrote to her 9-year-old son on the one day a week she was allowed to see him under a custody ruling by a Shiite religious court. “Peace be upon the holy nights when you fall asleep near me,” she wrote. “Peace be upon the trace of love painted on your face and features ... This is my night.”

Arab Funds Ready To Help Lebanon Once Political Crisis Over

BEIRUT, Dec 1 (NNN-NNA) – The Arab League assistant secretary general said, Arab funds are ready to help Lebanon, once the political crisis in the country is over.

“Lebanese officials must accelerate the formation of a new government, because any economic support is not possible without a new cabinet supported by the Lebanese people,” Hossam Zaki was quoted as saying.

Zaki said that the Arab League may hold an exceptional economic meeting soon.

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