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Lebanon: Country in the Middle East
Lebanon, officially known as the Republic of Lebanon, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland had contributed to its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. At just 10,452 km2, it is the smallest recognized sovereign state on the mainland Asian continent.

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Lebanon FM resigns as country nears bankruptcy [Video]

Lebanon FM resigns as country nears bankruptcy

Lebanon's foreign minister has resigned. Nassif Hitti says he could not continue because of the government's poor performance.

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Lebanon poverty: Agency says 500,000 children are going hungry [Video]

Lebanon poverty: Agency says 500,000 children are going hungry

Decades of corruption and mismanagement are blamed for running the economy into the ground.

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Lebanon reimposes lockdown after COVID-19 surge [Video]

Lebanon reimposes lockdown after COVID-19 surge

Lebanon's health officials are warning if the spike is not checked, hospitals could be overwhelmed with new cases.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses Israel of fabricating border clash [Video]

Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses Israel of fabricating border clash

Tensions high in northern Israel, days after Hezbollah fighter killed in apparent Israeli air strike in Syria.

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Exchange of fire near Israel-Lebanon border [Video]

Exchange of fire near Israel-Lebanon border

Hezbollah carried out an operation against the Israeli military on Monday at the Lebanon-Israel border, Lebanese sources familiar with the operation said. Francis Maguire reports.

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French foreign minister in Lebanon to push reform [Video]

French foreign minister in Lebanon to push reform

Paris has backed successive governments in Lebanon but the country has nosedived into crisis.

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Lebanese accused of financing Hezbollah returns home [Video]

Lebanese accused of financing Hezbollah returns home

Businessman released early from US jail after serving three years for funding the Lebanese group that US officials aim to classify as a terrorist organisation.

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Lebanon music festival holds empty concert in ancient ruins [Video]

Lebanon music festival holds empty concert in ancient ruins

The usually grand Baalbek Music Festival, set among 3,000-year-old Roman ruins in Lebanon, was reduced to just a single concert this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lebanon bread price rises for the first time in 10 years [Video]

Lebanon bread price rises for the first time in 10 years

Country's collapsing currency causes food prices to soar amid an economic crisis.

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Lebanon's economy: Central Bank tries to stabilise exchange rate [Video]

Lebanon's economy: Central Bank tries to stabilise exchange rate

The political elite, the Central Bank and the banking sector are arguing over who has bankrupted the state.

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How has Caracalla Dance Theatre influenced culture in the Middle East? [Video]

How has Caracalla Dance Theatre influenced culture in the Middle East?

Lebanese-born Abdel-Halim Caracalla created the Caracalla Dance Theatre during an era when pursuing a career in the expressive arts was not the norm.View on euronews

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Lebanon president warns of deep political divisions [Video]

Lebanon president warns of deep political divisions

Michel Aoun was addressing the nation over the prolonged economic crisis, but the opposition boycotted the meeting.

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Lebanon has detained at least 100 activists since October [Video]

Lebanon has detained at least 100 activists since October

United in the face of oppression, demonstrators in Lebanon say their freedom of speech is under threat.

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Caesar Act: Fresh sanctions on Syria could worsen Lebanon economy [Video]

Caesar Act: Fresh sanctions on Syria could worsen Lebanon economy

Concerns rise that Lebanon's economic crisis could be worsened by US sanctions targeting Syria's government.

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Lebanon currency crisis: Dozens hurt in second night of clashes [Video]

Lebanon currency crisis: Dozens hurt in second night of clashes

At least 33 people were injured during clashes between the Lebanese army and protesters in Beirut and Tripoli.

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Lebanon: Beirut wakes up to damage after clashes as currency hits new low [Video]

Lebanon: Beirut wakes up to damage after clashes as currency hits new low

Lebanese riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Beirut who had poured into the streets to protest as the national currency tumbled to a new low.

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Protests rock Lebanon as currency collapses [Video]

Protests rock Lebanon as currency collapses

Hassan Diab's government is facing growing calls to resign after the currency lost 25 percent of its value in two days.

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Lebanon’s migrant workers abandoned amid economic crisis [Video]

Lebanon’s migrant workers abandoned amid economic crisis

Domestic workers abandoned and left homeless as Lebanon's worst-ever economic crisis deepens.

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Lebanon: Clashes and tear gas in Beirut as anti-government protests turn to riots [Video]

Lebanon: Clashes and tear gas in Beirut as anti-government protests turn to riots

Lebanon: Clashes and tear gas in Beirut as anti-government protests turn to riots

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Tear gas, stone throwing as Beirut demonstration turns violent [Video]

Tear gas, stone throwing as Beirut demonstration turns violent

Demonstrations have been taking place in Lebanon since October to demand solution to the ailing economy and corruption.

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Lebanon's new PM criticised for failing to keep economic promises [Video]

Lebanon's new PM criticised for failing to keep economic promises

The government seeks to borrow billions of dollars but so far talks with the International Monetary Fund have made little progress.

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Lebanese PM blames opponents for unrest as protests enter third day

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Lebanon protesters burn roads, clash with security in second night of unrest

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Lebanese protesters shut down roadways with fires as currency collapses

Lebanese cut roadways with burning tyres and rubbish bins across Beirut and other cities on Thursday in renewed protests sparked by a rapid fall in the pound currency and mounting economic hardship.
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Turkish judge rules to keep five suspects in jail over Ghosn escape

A Turkish judge ruled on Monday to keep five people in jail at the start of their trial over former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul, a lawyer for one of the..
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Lebanon's president urges unity after night of violence

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun called for national unity on Sunday after violence erupted in parts of Beirut between supporters of rival sectarian political parties.
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Lebanon aims to reconcile financial system loss figures next week

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Syria says Israeli jets flying over Lebanon raid military base in Hama province

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Lebanon to adopt one approach on financial losses: presidency

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Lebanon must turn reform ideas into reality, U.S. ambassador says

The Lebanese government must turn its reform ideas into reality and take concrete steps to win international support, the U.S. ambassador said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
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For Lebanese families made poor by crisis, dinner means bread and no meat

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Lebanon's Berri tells government time for action not words

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Trapped migrant workers suffer from Lebanon's dollar crisis, lockdown

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Lebanon at risk of a major food crisis: PM sounds alarm

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Timeline - Lebanon's ordeal: Economic and political crises since civil war

Lebanon begins negotiations with the International Monetary Fund this week, seeking the IMF's financial assistance for the first time as the country grapples with an acute financial crisis.
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Lebanon, fearing second virus wave, to shut down again for four days

Lebanon's government has ordered most of the country to shut down again for four days, starting on Wednesday night, as it seeks to ward off a coronavirus resurgence after easing some restrictions.
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Lebanon to go into four-day closure to prevent virus spread

Lebanon's government agreed on a "full closure" of the country for four days, the presidency said as the cabinet met on Tuesday to try to ward off a second wave of coronavirus infections.
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Lebanese authorities warned of a new wave of coronavirus cases after the number jumped to its highest point in more than a month as the government eased some restrictions on public life.
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Prominent Beirut university faces fight of its life as crises hit

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Lebanon plan based on flexible exchange rate in 'coming period'- Finance Minister

A government plan for getting Lebanon out of a financial crisis is based on a shift to a flexible exchange rate, but in the "coming period", and a currency peg will be maintained for now, Finance..
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Lebanon urges unity to tackle crisis, says time is short

Lebanese must set aside their differences as the country has no time to lose in tackling its major financial crisis, Prime Minister Hassan Diab warned on Wednesday, saying a government recovery plan..
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Lebanon extends virus shutdown, PM warns of second wave

Lebanon extended its coronavirus lockdown by two weeks on Tuesday with the prime minister warning that failure to comply with a gradual easing of curbs risked a second wave of infections.
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Lebanon summons German ambassador over Hezbollah ban

Lebanon's foreign minister summoned the German ambassador on Tuesday to explain Berlin's decision last week to ban the Shi'ite Hezbollah movement on its soil.
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Lebanon's supreme defence council will advise the government to extend a shutdown to curb the spread of coronavirus by two weeks until May 24, a security source said after the council convened on..
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Hezbollah deems Lebanese government rescue plan an 'important step' forward

Hezbollah's leader hailed the Lebanese government's crisis plan as an "important step" on Monday and warned the country should not blindly surrender in talks with the IMF to terms it can not bear.
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Hezbollah: Germany bowing to U.S. will with ban

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday that Germany was "succumbing to American will" by banning his Iran-backed movement and designating it a terrorist organisation.
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Lebanon banks reject rescue plan as government asks IMF for help

An economic rescue plan that will form the basis of Lebanon's talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was panned by banks on Friday as one that would "destroy confidence" in the country.
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Lebanon banking association rejects government rescue plan

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Hard work lies ahead for Lebanon on road to IMF aid deal

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France says urgent for Lebanon put into action reform plans

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Iran condemns Germany's ban on Hezbollah activity

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Small protests fueled by worsening economic conditions in Lebanon broke out across several cities late on Wednesday, marking a third night of unrest.
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