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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(...)

Iranian mourners attend the burial ceremony of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in northern Tehran on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Jordan and the Emirates have condemned the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Iran blames on Israel, although both A(...)

 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani: Iran ‘considers constructive engagement with the world as a strategy’. Photograph:  EPA

The Trump administration has dispatched an envoy to Israel and the Gulf to prepare for the imposition of weekly rounds of sanctions on Iran ahead of U(...)

Saad Hariri: previously served as Lebanese prime minister from 2009-11 and from 2016-2020 but struggled to resolve the nation’s many problems. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri has been asked to form a salvation government to tackle the multiple crises his country faces. Presiden(...)

A Lebanese anti-government protester draped in a national flag sits overlooking the Mohammed al-Amin mosque and the Martyrs square in Beirut on November 14th, 2019. Photograph:  Patrick Baz/AFP via Getty Images

Beirut seemed calm, quiet and normal a year ago today when President Michael D Higgins, on an official visit to Lebanon, lunched with his counterpart (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: “All of them bet on the worst-case scenario for the sake of saving themselves, the interests of their family or their clan.” Photograph: Petras Malukas

French president Emmanuel Macron has scolded Lebanon’s politicians for failing to form a government of experts to rescue Lebanon from economic, social(...)

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun and prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib: Popular rejection of the political elite has intensified since the Beirut port blast. Photograph:  Dalati and Nohra

Lebanese politicians appear to have thwarted Tuesday’s deadline for the formation of an emergency cabinet capable of initiating reforms and convincing(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi president Barham Salih  greet each other with elbow bumps after a press conference at the presidential palace in Baghdad on Wednesday. Photograph: Murtaja Lateef/EPA

Emmanuel Macron returned to Paris on Wednesday night after a three-day journey to Beirut and Baghdad during which he played the role of a modern-day L(...)

A man wounded by the recent explosion at Beirut port  takes a picture with the newly-appointed prime minister of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib,  in Beirut’s  Gemmayzeh neighbourhood on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Mustapha Adib has been appointed Lebanon’s prime minister to head a new government tasked with tackling a crippling economic crisis and steering Beiru(...)

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