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Private Firms Declare Collective Tax Revolt amid Crisis

Hundreds of private owned businesses announced a collective tax strike that they said would “lend their value to workers instead to maintain their livelihood,” as Lebanon passes through an unprecedented economic crisis that saw hundreds of employees laid off.

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Aid Groups: City of Hodeida Top Dangerous Place in Yemen War

Several international aid groups warned on Thursday that the flashpoint Yemeni city at the heart of last year's peace agreement signed in Sweden remains the most dangerous place in the war-torn, impoverished Arab country.

Fifteen aid agencies -- including the Norwegian Refugee Council, CARE International, Medecins du Monde and Oxfam -- say that since the U.N.-brokered deal last December, the port city of Hodeida and the surrounding province has seen 799 civilians killed and wounded.

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US Hits Iran with New Sanctions, Hopes for Prisoner Dialogue

The Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its "maximum pressure campaign" against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The sanctions target Iran's state shipping line and a China-based company that has been involved in delivering missile parts to Iran. They also add a layer of new penalties to a previously sanctioned Iranian airline, Mahan Air, which is accused of sending weapons to Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Yemen, and three of its sales agents.

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AMAL, Hizbullah Supporters Try to Storm Riad al-Solh, Repelled by Tear Gas

Tension rose in central Beirut when a group of young men tried to attack the epicenter of the anti-government protests, prompting security forces to fire tear gas.

Dozens of men threw stones and Molotov cocktails at anti-riot police who deployed to stop the advancing assailants.

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U.S. Official Says 'No Aid Package' to Save Lebanon from Its 'Financial Mess'

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker said Wednesday that attendees at a Paris meeting on supporting Lebanon had agreed to give technical advice to Lebanese institutions but they won't provide the bailout that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri had requested.

Hariri had called on Saudi Arabia, France, Turkey, the United States, China, and Egypt to send funds to help Lebanon finance imports.

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Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Help Lebanon as Le Drian Urges Rapid Govt. Formation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday that "the responsibility lies with the Lebanese people" to push for a new political order.

He said the U.S. is ready to "do the things that the world can do to assist the Lebanese people getting their economy right and getting their government right."

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France, U.N. Host International Meeting on Aid for Lebanon

Diplomats were meeting behind closed doors in Paris on Wednesday to consider measures to help Lebanon as it grapples with ongoing political turmoil and its worst economic crisis in decades.

The International Support Group, co-chaired by France and the United Nations, is weighing conditions for providing financial aid to Lebanon. Lebanese businesses and households are growing increasingly desperate as cash supplies there have dwindled.

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HRW Warns of Impact of Financial Crisis on Lebanon Hospitals

Many Lebanese hospitals may soon be unable to provide patients with life-saving surgery and urgent medical care amid the worsening financial crisis, an international rights group warned on Tuesday.

For years, the Lebanese state has failed to pay its debts to public and private hospitals, making it more difficult for them to buy medical supplies and pay salaries.

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Rafting, Cars Submerged as Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Jnah

Flash floods caused by heavy rains, bad infrastructure and clogged drainage systems on Monday invaded the Saint Simon area in the Beirut suburb of Jnah, turning roads into huge ponds and submerging dozens of vehicles.

The floods also stormed homes, shops and factories as some residents used surfboards and kayaks to move around.

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Lebanese-Born Donor of Hitler Items Welcomed in Israel

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday hosted a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel.

Rivlin called Abdallah Chatila's gesture an "act of grace."

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