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Beirut Hospital Director Restores Some Faith in Public Sector

Dr Firass Abiad was a little-known Beirut hospital director until the coronavirus pandemic propelled him into the spotlight and restored at least some faith in Lebanon's much-maligned public sector.

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Often on Brink, Lebanon Headed toward 'Collapse'

Power cuts that last up to 20 hours a day. Mountains of trash spilling into streets. Long lines at gas stations.

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Foreign Minister Resigns in Protest at Govt. Mishandling of Crisis

Foreign Minister Nasif Hitti announced on Monday his resignation from office in protest at the performance of the government, warning a lack of vision and a will to make changes risked turning the country into a “failed state.”

Hitti submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments. He later issued a strongly worded statement explaining his resignation, saying the government had failed to manage the crisis and implement the required reforms to save the country.

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Report: France Conveys ‘Assurances’ to Hizbullah

France has reportedly conveyed “assurances” that the ruling in the murder trial of ex-PM Rafik Hariri will not be followed by international procedures against Hizbullah, and that France has played a major role to make that possible, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Lebanon ex-PM Hariri Murder Trial: The Accused

A UN-backed court is to deliver its judgement Friday on four suspected Hizbullah members tried in absentia for former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri's murder in a 2005 Beirut car bombing.

The Lebanese Shiite movement does not recognise the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon, denies all the accusations and has refused to hand over the accused.

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Lebanon: From Hariri Assassination to Verdict

The special tribunal trying the four suspects accused of the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri delivers its verdict on August 7. 

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Verdict Looms in Killing of ex-PM Rafik Hariri

A UN-backed tribunal will give its verdict Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri, but questions will remain over a long and costly trial whose suspects remain at large.

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Israel 'Ready for All Scenarios', Report Says Not Seeking Hizbullah Conflict

The Israeli army is “ready for all scenarios” should Hizbullah stage an attack on Lebanon’s border, a spokesman said.

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Al-Rahi: Anyone who Cares about Lebanon Wouldn't Reject Neutrality

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday said those who "truly care" about Lebanon would not reject his call for the country's neutrality.

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Abdul Samad: Lebanon Won't Ditch West, Especially France

Information Minister Manal Abdul Samad stressed Sunday that Lebanon "will not ditch the West, especially France."

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