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Road-Blocking Protests Renew as Currency Slides, Economy Sags

Protesters closed the Beirut areas of Qasqas, Corniche el-Mazraa and the roundabout of Cola on Wednesday amid rising anger as the dollar exchange rate hit new highs amid an unprecedented economic and monetary crisis driving Lebanese into poverty.

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Beirut Airport Reopens after Months-Long Hiatus over Pandemic

Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport, closed since mid-March over the coronavirus outbreak, starts operating Wednesday welcoming around 2,000 passengers a day.

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Lebanon's Plea to Skeptical Expats: Come Visit, Bring Cash

With Beirut's airport partially reopening from a three-month virus shutdown, the government is hoping thousands of Lebanese expatriates will return for the summer — and bring dollars desperately needed to prop up the crashing economy.

But Lebanon's far-flung diaspora, renowned as entrepreneurs who for years sent their cash home, may no longer be willing to do that.

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Report Reveals Plans for More Demos, 'Violence' against Army

According to information obtained by a security agency in Lebanon, the upcoming days are going to observe more demonstrations and violence against the army and security forces as the economic crisis soars in the country, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

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EU Renews 'Commitment to Lebanon' at Brussels IV Conference

The European Union on Tuesday hosted virtually the fourth Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region", co-chaired with the United Nations.

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Protests over Power Cuts, Currency Drop, Bread Price Hike

Protesters closed several major roads in Beirut and several regions on Tuesday amid rising anger as the currency hit a new record low on the black market, electricity cuts increased and the government raised the price of bread for the first time in more than a decade.

As prices increased over the past weeks, people have been rushing to supermarkets and groceries to buy goods. On Tuesday afternoon, Al-Makhazen Coop, one of the largest retailers in the country closed its stores in Beirut.

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Diab: We Don't Want to Bring Banks to Their Knees, Depositors Won't Pay Price

Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Tuesday said the government’s objective is not to “bring the banking sector or the central bank to their knees.”

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Judge who Banned Interviews of U.S. Ambassador Resigns

The Lebanese judge who issued a ruling banning foreign and local media from interviewing the U.S. ambassador in Beirut resigned Tuesday, according to state media.

Judge Mohammed Mazeh was referred to questioning by the Judicial Inspection Board for the ban, which caused an uproar in Lebanon.

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Aoun Urges Auditing as Wazni Says Auditing Firm Has Ties to Israel

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday asked Cabinet why a decision taken three months ago to audit the central bank’s accounts is yet to be implemented.

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Rampling from Tripoli: National Interest is Key to Saving Lebanon

 

In his first official visit outside Beirut post COVID-19 pandemic, British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling visited Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, the British embassy said on Tuesday.

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