5 dead after mass prison break in Lebanon leads to police chase – National

Nearly 70 inmates broke out of a prison in Lebanon Saturday after smashing their cell doors and attacking prison guards, police said. According to a police statement, five of the escaped inmates died when a car they stole while fleeing crashed into a tree during an ensuing police chase. The mass prison break involving […]

Lebanon locks down for 2 weeks in attempt to curb coronavirus – National

Lebanese police on Saturday patrolled the streets of the capital Beirut, ordering shops to close as the country began a two-week lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus that has killed dozens of people over the past days in the small Mediterranean country. The number of cases increased sharply in recent weeks around […]

As Lebanon’s revolt fury fades, protesters struggle to promote change – National

A year ago, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets protesting taxes and a rapidly deteriorating economic crisis. A spontaneous and hopeful nationwide movement was born, denouncing an entire political establishment that had for decades pushed Lebanon toward collapse. Today, as crises multiply and the country dives deeper into uncertainty and poverty, […]

Hezbollah leader welcomes France’s help but says Macron can’t act like Lebanon’s ruler – National

Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday his Shi’ite movement welcomed French efforts to help Lebanon out of crisis but that did not mean French President Emmanuel Macron could act like the country’s ruler. In a televised address, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah remained ready for dialog under the French roadmap to […]

Designated Lebanese prime minister resigns amid political impasse – National

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. The announcement by Moustapha Adib nearly a month after he was appointed to the job further delays the prospect of getting the foreign economic […]

Lebanon leader asks for help, says Beirut is ‘trying to rise from its rubble’ – National

Facing an economic meltdown and other crises, Lebanon’s president on Wednesday asked for the world’s help to rebuild the capital’s main port and neighbourhoods that were blown away in last month’s catastrophic explosion. President Michel Aoun made the plea in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly’s virtual summit, telling world leaders that […]

Lebanon going to ‘hell’ if a new government not formed, president says – National

Lebanon’s president said Monday that the crisis-hit country could be going to “hell” if a new government was not formed, suggesting it would require a “miracle” for that to happen at this point. The stark warning comes as the country struggles to contain a spiralling economic and financial crisis that threatens to nose-dive further […]

Lebanon misses deadline to form new government crisis cabinet, France officials say – National

France said on Wednesday it regretted that Lebanese political leaders have failed to form a new government in line with a commitment made to President Emmanuel Macron, but that it was not too late to do so. The statement by Macron’s office came after Lebanese politicians missed a 15-day deadline to form a crisis […]

Fire in Beirut commercial district leaves residents rattled – National

BEIRUT – A fire erupted in a landmark building in Beirut‘s commercial district on Tuesday, the second blaze this month to send shudders through a capital still in shock after a massive port blast in August ripped through the Mediterranean city. Read more: Beirut explosion: Lebanese president knew of explosive material stockpile There were no immediate […]

Beirut port fire under control as investigation into explosion continues – National

Smoke billowed from the port in Lebanon’s capital Friday hours after firefighters said they were able to bring under control a huge fire that terrified the city’s residents five weeks after a massive blast killed and wounded thousands of people. The fire led authorities to order the removal of all dangerous materials from the […]