Lebanese Protesters Clash With Army Near Presidential Palace

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese soldiers on Saturday fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration. Tension is high in Lebanon following last month’s devastating explosion at Beirut’s port that killed nearly 200 people, and after another mysterious and huge blaze at the same site Thursday. The Aug. 4 explosion was caused by the detonation of nearly three thousand tons of ammonium nitrates that …

Lithuania bans Hezbollah affiliates in move hailed by Israel

The 10-year ban was decided by the Migration Department, Linkevicius says [File: Francois Lenoir/Reuters] Lithuania has announced that individuals affiliated with the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement will be banned from entering the country, in a moved welcomed by Israel, which sees the group as a regional threat. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said the country stands beside the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which declared Hezbollah in its entirety “a terrorist group”. Most other European Union …

FM says Germany ready to help Lebanon but reforms necessary

Germany’s foreign minister says his country stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week’s massive explosion August 12, 2020, 3:18 PM 3 min read BEIRUT — Germany stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week’s massive explosion, but any support will be linked to economic reforms and an end to pervasive corruption in Lebanon, Germany‘s foreign minister said Wednesday. Heiko Maas spoke after a tour of Beirut’s devastated port, where …

Lebanese prime minister steps down in wake of Beirut explosions and protests

  Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down from his job on Monday in the wake of the disastrous Beirut port explosions that triggered public fury, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in Lebanon is “bigger than the state.” In a brief televised speech after three of his ministers resigned, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that he is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.” “I declare …

French expert: Dangerous chemicals remain in Beirut port

Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut By NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE Associated Press August 10, 2020, 10:30 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIRUT — Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut, after finding one that was leaking, according to a member of a French cleanup team. Some …

Fire breaks out near Lebanese parliament as protests over blast reignites

Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration against the political elites and the government, in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 8, 2020 after the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut. STR | NurPhoto via Getty Images Lebanese protesters hurled rocks at security forces blocking a road near parliament on Sunday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations after last week’s devastating explosion in Beirut. Fire broke out at the entrance to Parliament Square as protesters tried to break into a …