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French minister for Europe and foreign affairs Jean Yves Le Drian: “We reserve the possibility to adopt additional measures toward all those who are hindering a solution to the crisis.” Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to travel to Beirut on Tuesday to try to accelerate the formation of a government of independen(...)

A man cycles past garbage containers set on fire by protesters blocking access to the Lebanese Central Bank in Beirut, Lebanon in  March. Photograph: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Lebanon has survived two civil wars, two major Israeli invasions, and decades of mismanagement and corruption, but now, bankrupt, it is on the brink o(...)

 An anti-government protester carries a national flag as other burn tyres   during a protest against the power cuts, the high cost of living, the low purchasing power of the Lebanese pound at Bchara Khoury  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Angry Lebanese have blocked main highways across the country in protest against economic crisis, mismanagement, corruption, political deadlock and Cov(...)

Lokman Slim: Shia Muslim intellectual’s “shocking killing raises serious fears of a return to targeted killings”, says Amnesty International.  Photograph: Hasan Trad

A prominent critic of the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah was found shot dead on Thursday, raising fears among activists that his killing was a mess(...)

Protests in  Lebanon’s port city of Tripoli: high unemployment and rising poverty  are driving the unrest. Photograph: Fathi al-Masri

Lebanon awaits rescue from French president Emmanuel Macron as the country’s second city, Tripoli, has exploded in violent protests against economic c(...)

Artist Hayat Nazer collected broken glass and twisted materials that belonged to people’s homes before the Beirut explosion to create a statue of a woman raising Lebanon’s flag, her hair and dress flowing in the wind, symbolising the city’s hopes of rising from the rubble and a new beginning. Photograph: Courtesy of Hayat Nazer

As we take one last backward glance at Christmas, mingled with our disappointments is the hope that next year’s festival will literally be “business a(...)

The Covid-19 pandemic shaped the world’s political dynamic.  Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

“and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven”. – Luke 21:11 (...)

Mahmoud Bazzi  (pictured) has been found guilty of the murders Pte Thomas Barrett and Pte Derek Smallhorne on April 18th, 1980 who were part of a Unifil mission. Photograph: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman

A military court in Lebanon has convicted a man of murdering two Irish peacekeepers 40 years ago. In a verdict announced on Monday night, the court s(...)

The scene at the 2005 car bomb explosion in Beirut that killed Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. At least eight others, some of them his bodyguards, also died. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

A 57-year-old member of the Lebanese Shia militia, Hizbullah, has received five life sentences in absentia for his “central role” in the 2005 assassin(...)

Lebanese prime minister-designate Saad Hariri (right) and  Lebanese caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab  at the government palace in Beirut on December 11th.  Photograph: EPA/Dalati Nohra

As Lebanon reels from political, economic and coronavirus crises, Beirut has sustained fresh challenges on all three fronts. In a highly-controversi(...)

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