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 Prime minister-designate Najib Mikati may be able to stand up to president Michel Aoun, who has stalled government formation for nine months. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

The confirmation of Najib Mikati as Lebanon’s third prime minister-designate in a year was no surprise in his homeland. He had been touted as a repla(...)

 Lebanese soldiers fire rubber bullets amid clashes in Beirut with supporters of  prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, who stepped down saying he was unable to form a government. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Rioting erupted in Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli on Friday, injuring 19 activists and troops, during protests against political deadlock fol(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Lebanese prosecutor investigating port explosion in Beirut filed charges against outgoing prime Minister Diab, and three former ministers. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister and three former ministers have been charged over the massive port explosion in Beirut in August, the country’s off(...)

The destroyed Beirut port. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty

Lebanon has not implemented any of the reforms in the roadmap presented by President Emmanuel Macron last September, France said on Wednesday, ahead o(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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