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Winter rains in Beirut finish off blast-ravaged homes

Beirut - Norma Mnassakh was leaving her apartment in the Lebanese capital when a cloud of dust suddenly billowed from the Ottoman-era building next door.

US sanctions top Lebanese politician Gebran Bassil for alleged corruption

Washington - The US Treasury announced sanctions against Lebanon's former energy and foreign affairs minister Gebran Bassil on Friday, alleging he is behind corruption involving billions of dollars that has left the country's economy in shambles.

Months after Beirut blast, cinematic tributes stream online

Beirut - A distressed son looks for his father, a lazy beach day ends in tragedy: Lebanese can now stream short films about this summer's devastating port blast -- but some say it's just too soon.

US approves extradition to Japan over Ghosn escape

Washington - The United States has given the green light to extradite a former special forces soldier and his son to Japan for assisting auto executive Carlos Ghosn's daring escape, although a judge Thursday put their transfer on hold.

Lebanon, Israel in second round of maritime border talks

Naqoura - Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war and with no diplomatic ties, launched a second round of maritime border talks Wednesday under UN and US auspices to allow for offshore energy exploration.

Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet

Beirut - Three-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was renamed to the post Thursday to create a reform-orientated cabinet that can lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.

Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet

Beirut - Three-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was named to the post for a fourth time Thursday and immediately promised a government of technocrats committed to a French-backed reform plan.

Lebanon protest movement marks 'harrowing' first year

Beirut - Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital Saturday to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform.

Lebanon marks first anniversary of protest movement

Beirut - Lebanon marks the first anniversary on Saturday of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform.

In rudderless Lebanon, revolutionaries drift apart

Beirut - When Lebanon's protest movement erupted in October 2019, Jennyfer, Teymour and Dayna marched in the same euphoric crowd, united in their determination to bring down their corrupt leaders.

Lebanon, Israel to start landmark maritime border talks

Naqoura - Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war, were to begin unprecedented talks sponsored by the United Nations and the United States on Wednesday to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration.

Lebanese artists in overdrive to restore Beirut's beauty

Beirut - Lebanese stained glass artist Maya Husseini had hoped to retire after decades spent designing colourful windows, but she has been flooded with work since the blast that ripped through Beirut.

Terrified mothers-to-be adjust after Beirut blast

Beirut - Seven months ago, Lebanese mother-to-be Rana Mneimneh was ecstatic she was pregnant, but after a massive explosion at Beirut's port, she lives in constant fear for her baby girl.

Macron accuses Lebanon leaders of 'betrayal' over govt failure

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday upped the pressure on Lebanon's leaders to form a government in the wake of the Beirut port blast, saying their lack of progress represented a "collective betrayal".

Lebanon PM designate bows out after failing to form cabinet

Beirut - Lebanon's premier-designate stepped down Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government to lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.

Lebanon PM designate recuses himself from forming new cabinet

Beirut - Lebanon's premier-designate recused himself from forming a new cabinet Saturday as international pressure mounts for a reform-minded administration to replace the government that resigned after a deadly August port blast.

Beirut businesses crowdfund to rebuild after blast

Beirut - Standing in the gutted ruins of her bar destroyed by Beirut's massive port blast, Lebanese entrepreneur Gizelle Hassoun said she hopes crowdfunding can help save her business from the rubble.

In blast-hit Beirut, Armenian elders determined to stay

Beirut - Beirut resident Vany Bandikian once dreamt of travelling outside Lebanon, but after a massive explosion wrecked her neighbourhood, all she wants is to stay in the home her father built.

After Lebanon blast, future lawsuits pile up against the state

Beirut - Elie Hasrouty, who lost his father to the August 4 Beirut port blast, is one of at least 1,228 grieving Lebanese preparing to file a lawsuit against the state.

Dockside dealings: smuggling, bribery and tax evasion at Beirut port

Beirut - The huge explosion at Beirut's port last month laid bare a dockside institution riddled with graft which critics say is a microcosm of a corrupt Lebanese state.

Firefighters put out Beirut blaze but anger smoulders

Beirut - Lebanese firefighters on Friday put out a blaze at Beirut port that brought back the trauma of last month's deadly dockside explosion and destroyed badly needed food aid.

Huge fire at Beirut port weeks after deadly blast

Beirut - A huge fire raged in Beirut's port Thursday, sending a column of black smoke billowing into the sky and sparking alarm among Lebanese still reeling from the devastating dockside blast last month.

Huge fire at Beirut port weeks after deadly blast

Beirut - A huge fire raged in Beirut port on Thursday, AFP correspondents said, sparking alarm among Lebanese still reeling from a devastating dockside explosion that disfigured the capital last month.

In crisis-hit Lebanon, Paris and Washington at odds over Hezbollah

Beirut - When it comes to Lebanon, the US and France have similar outlooks, but one major point of difference involves the Hezbollah movement -- shunned by Washington but tolerated by a pragmatic Parisian leadership.

From window to jug: Lebanese recycle glass from Beirut blast

Tripoli - Standing in a pile of broken glass in northern Lebanon, a man heaved shovel-loads of shards -- retrieved from Beirut after the massive explosion at its port -- into a red-hot furnace.

'No sign of life' in search for Beirut blast survivor

Beirut - Rescue workers said Saturday there was no longer any sign of life in a collapsed Beirut building, dashing hopes raised by sensor readings showing a pulse beneath the rubble from last month's blast.

World Bank cancels loan for controversial Lebanon dam

Washington - The World Bank on Friday said it was canceling a loan to fund a dam in Lebanon that environmentalists claimed could destroy a valley rich in biodiversity.

'Pulse' sparks hunt for survivors one month after Beirut blast

Beirut - Rescuers resumed a search Friday for possible survivors under rubble in Beirut, buoyed by faint hopes of a miracle a month after a monster blast ripped through the city's port.

Search resumes for possible Beirut blast survivor after pulse detected

Beirut - Emergency crews scoured rubble Friday for a possible survivor in Beirut after the detection of a pulse drew crowds hopeful of a miracle one month on from a devastating explosion.

Blast-hit Beirut begins timid recovery

Beirut - In a blast-damaged tailor shop in the Lebanese capital, Claudette is back at work sewing the hem of an orange skirt as rescue teams dig nearby.
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Lebanese Red Cross personnel cover a body near a destroyed car believed to be the vehicle in which former finance minister Mohamad Chatah was travelling in, after an explosion in Beirut's downtown area December 27, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Jamal Saidi
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Old City Cafe in Cranford New Jersey
Smoke rises after an explosion in the village of Ghajar in southern Lebanon.
Smoke rises after an explosion in the village of Ghajar in southern Lebanon.
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Protesters in Tripoli  Lebanon set KFC on fire.
Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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The Bekaa Valley is the fertile farm land of Lebanon  located east of Beirut and stretching south to...
The Bekaa Valley is the fertile farm land of Lebanon, located east of Beirut and stretching south to the Israeli border
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Prime Minister David Cameron made his first visit to Lebanon  visiting a refugee camp in the Bekaa V...
Prime Minister David Cameron made his first visit to Lebanon, visiting a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley. The camp is just one of 1,000 camps spread across the country.
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Protesters in Tripoli  Lebanon set KFC on fire.
Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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The city of Tripoli
The city of Tripoli
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A view of the Lebanon/Israel border.
A view of the Lebanon/Israel border.
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Beirut, Lebanon with President G.W. Bush
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Beirut, Lebanon.
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Lebanese soldiers on patrol
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The man buying watermelon from a roadside stand in Lebanon can trace his ancestry back to the ancien...
The man buying watermelon from a roadside stand in Lebanon can trace his ancestry back to the ancient Canaanites.
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Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
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Lebanese President inspects UNIFIL Guard of Honour with UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Grazian...
Lebanese President inspects UNIFIL Guard of Honour with UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Graziano.
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
The United Nations refugee agency blames the current refugee crisis on deplorable conditions at refu...
The United Nations refugee agency blames the current refugee crisis on deplorable conditions at refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. UN agencies are running out of money, unable to provide basic needs. And that's forcing families to flee.
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Firefighters extinguish a fire from a building at the site of an explosion in the Haret Hreik area  ...
Firefighters extinguish a fire from a building at the site of an explosion in the Haret Hreik area, in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut January 21, 2014. The explosion rocked Beirut's southern suburbs hitting a Hezbollah stronghold
With permission by Reuters / Khalil Hassan

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