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Rising Seas Threaten Egypt's Fabled Port City of Alexandria

Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change.

Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at sea to break the tide. A severe storm in 2015 flooded large parts of the city, causing at least six deaths and the collapse of some two dozen homes, exposing weaknesses in the local infrastructure.

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Lebanese Bank Denies Doing Banking Activities for Hizbullah

A Lebanese bank targeted by the U.S. Treasury Department for "knowingly facilitating banking activities" for Hizbullah denied the charges Friday, saying it abides by international laws.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Jammal Trust Bank on Thursday and added it to its list of global terrorist organizations.

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Israel Says Hizbullah, Iran Intensifying Missile Efforts in Lebanon

The Israeli army on Thursday accused Iran and Hizbullah of stepping up attempts to build precision-guided missile production facilities in Lebanon, saying these efforts are putting Lebanese civilians in danger.

The announcement comes at a time of rising tensions. In recent days, Israel has struck Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq, and Hizbullah has accused Israel of a drone strike in Lebanon.

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US Warns Businesses against Taking Part in Damascus Fair

The United States is warning businesses against participating in an annual trade fare this week in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The U.S. Embassy in Syria, which closed the mission early on in the country's eight-year civil war, posted a statement on Twitter ahead of the exhibition, which is expected to open on Wednesday.

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Hizbullah Rules Out Wider War with Israel

Hizbullah is ruling out a wider war with Israel but says it will carry out a surprise attack in retaliation for an alleged Israeli drone assault south of Beirut over the weekend.

Naim Qassem told Russia Today in an interview that aired late on Tuesday that Hizbullah will not be "intimidated by threats of war in order not to retaliate. There was an aggression and we said we will retaliate and this is what will happen."

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Macron Calls Amazon an Issue for Whole Planet

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Iranian President: First Lift Sanctions, Then Let's Talk

Iran's president has back-pedaled on possible talks with Donald Trump and now says the U.S. president first must lift sanctions imposed on Tehran.

Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that otherwise, a meeting between the two would be just a photo op and "that is not possible."

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75 Years Later, US World War II Veterans Say: Never Forget

Seventy-five years ago, they helped free Europe from the Nazis. This weekend, U.S. veterans are back in Paris to celebrate, and commemorate.

Now in their 90s, these men aren't afraid to cry about what they saw in World War II. And they want everyone to remember what happened back then, so that it doesn't happen again.

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Khalil on S&P and Fitch Ratings: We Have Serious Work Ahead

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Saturday assured that the Lebanese government takes seriously the ratings of Standard & Poor's and Fitch and will pursue serious and structural reforms, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Fitch Ratings Downgrades Lebanon, S&P Maintains its Ratings

Fitch Ratings downgraded Lebanon's long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to CCC from B- Friday, while Standard & Poor's Global Ratings affirmed its long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings for Beirut at B-/B, saying the country's outlook remains negative.

The international rating agency's downgrade for Lebanon is another blow to the struggling economy of the small Arab country that is suffering from one of the world's highest debt ratios, high unemployment and little growth.

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