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Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati (R) walks with former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri (L) after their meeting at the Government palace in downtown Beirut. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanon’s cabinet is set to meet on Monday for first time since mid-October with the aim of discussing the 2022 budget while officials resume aid talk(...)

A poster of President Bashar Assad hangs from the ruins of a shopping centre in Homs, Syria, in 2014. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Built on the ashes of 10 years of war in Syria, an illegal drug industry run by powerful associates and relatives of president Bashar Assad has grown (...)

A Yemeni looks at a billboard of Lebanese information minister George Kordahi. Diplomatic relations between Lebanon and the Gulf states have soured since  Kordahi  criticised Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Yemeni war. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Beirut’s precarious economic situation has been exacerbated by a row with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies over criticisms of the Yemen war made by Le(...)

Supporters of Hizbullah mourn next to coffins during the funeral of the three people allegedly killed a day earlier by snipers, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon on October 15th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

The leader of the right-wing Christian Lebanese Forces party (LF), Samir Geagea, has objected to the summons by Beirut’s military court for questionin(...)

Protesters gather in front of the “October 17 torch” near the devastated port of Beirut at a rally. Photograph: Anwar Amro

Lebanon’s top Christian cleric, Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, said on Sunday that the judiciary should be free of political interference and sectarian “acti(...)

Seven people died in clashes between Hizbullah, Amal and the Lebanese Forces in Beirut. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

All three factions involved in Thursday’s clashes in Beirut, in which seven people died, have called for an investigation into the violence, although(...)

Residents are evacuated  after  a gunfight erupted in Beirut on Thursday during a rally by the Shia Hizbullah and Amal Movement groups. Photograph: Marwan Tahtah/Getty Images

Six people are dead and dozens injured after snipers opened fire on a rally by Lebanon’s powerful Hizbullah group and others in central Beirut, unleas(...)

 Families of some of the 218 people who died in August of 2020 after  a    stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded at a port storage facility protest in Beirut. Photograph:  Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Powerful politicians in Iraq and Lebanon who have refused to accept accountability for their actions are prolonging instability in both countries. In(...)

Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin last month. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

For a man who has spent the last decade battling armed rebels, being shunned in international forums and watching a brutal civil war dismantle his eco(...)

Anti-government activists and families of Beirut blast victims take part in a protest, in front the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on September 24th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

The Beirut port blast inquiry has been suspended for a second time after two ex-ministers mounted legal action to remove investigating judge Tarek Bit(...)

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