Hezbollah supporters attack several protest camps in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Assailants attacked several protest camps in north and south Lebanon early on Tuesday, according to state-run media, demolishing tents and burning down others as anger boiled over in the capital following a video deemed offensive to the country’s Shiites. The violence — some of it apparently carried out by Hezbollah supporters and […]

Top UN official in Lebanon blasts politicians’ inaction

BEIRUT (AP) — The top U.N. official in Lebanon on Wednesday denounced acts of vandalism by protesters targeting the country’s banks a day earlier. But the senior diplomat reserved his harshest words for Lebanese politicians, saying they had only themselves to blame for the chaos. The strongly worded statement by Jan Kubis, U.N. special coordinator […]

Hezbollah-backed professor to form new government in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A former education minister backed by the militant Hezbollah group and its allies was selected Thursday as Lebanon’s new prime minister to break a political impasse amid mass protests, although he almost immediately ran into opposition from demonstrators on the streets. Hassan Diab, a professor at the American University of Beirut, was […]

In Lebanon, financial collapse and security concerns loom

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese women marched across a former front line in the Lebanese capital Wednesday carrying white roses and Lebanese flags to denounce overnight clashes between rival groups that injured dozens of people. They pledged no return to civil war. But amid a political impasse after 40 days of protests, sectarian and […]

Lebanon clashes threaten to crack open fault lines

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between Lebanese protesters and supporters of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group are putting Lebanon’s military and security forces in a delicate position, threatening to crack open the country’s dangerous fault lines amid a political deadlock. For weeks, the Lebanese security forces have taken pains to protect anti-government protesters, in stark contrast […]

Parallel national day rallies by Lebanon protesters, leaders

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s protesters and top politicians held competing Independence Day celebrations Friday, reflecting the deepening rift that has beset the country grappling with its worst political and economic crises in decades. The top leadership attended a truncated military parade which was relocated to the headquarters of the Defense Ministry from central Beirut, occupied […]

Competing protests in Lebanon bring thousands to the streets

BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of people held competing rallies in Lebanon Sunday, including thousands who flocked to the presidential palace in support of the country’s president  and others who gathered in downtown Beirut as part of ongoing protests that aim to sweep from power Lebanon’s entire political elite.  The leaderless anti-government movement has united […]

Protests rattle the postwar order in Lebanon and Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of people, many of them young and unemployed men, thronged public squares and blocked main streets Friday in the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon in unprecedented, spontaneous anti-government revolts in two countries scarred by long conflicts. Demonstrators in Iraq were beaten back by police firing live ammunition and tear […]

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