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Ellen Francis

With food and fuel, Hezbollah braces for the worst in Lebanon collapse

Apr 16 2021

BEIRUT, Lebanon's Hezbollah has made preparations for an all-out collapse of the fracturing state, issuing ration cards for food, importing medicine and readying storage for fuel from its patron Iran, three sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

Analysis: Lebanon's woes push it to fringes of global finance system

Apr 08 2021

BEIRUT/LONDON Foreign lenders including HSBC and Wells Fargo are cutting ties with Lebanon's central bank, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, underlining the country's international isolation as it reels from economic crisis.

Exclusive-Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction with 'strings attached' - sources

Apr 02 2021

PARIS/BERLIN/BEIRUT Germany will next week present a multi-billion-dollar proposal to Lebanese authorities to rebuild the Port of Beirut as part of efforts to entice the country's politicians to form a government capable of warding off financial collapse, two sources said.

RPT-EXCLUSIVE-Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction with 'strings attached' - sources

Apr 02 2021

PARIS/BERLIN, April 1 Germany will next week present a multi-billion-dollar proposal to Lebanese authorities to rebuild the Port of Beirut as part of efforts to entice the country's politicians to form a government capable of warding off financial collapse, two sources said.

EXCLUSIVE-Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction with 'strings attached' - sources

Apr 01 2021

PARIS/BERLIN, April 1 Germany will next week present a multi-billion-dollar proposal to Lebanese authorities to rebuild the Port of Beirut as part of efforts to entice the country's politicians to form a government capable of warding off financial collapse, two sources said.

Brawls in shops as Lebanon's financial meltdown hits supply of food

Mar 17 2021

BEIRUT The collapse of Lebanon's currency has forced many grocery shops to temporarily shut within the last 24 hours, raising fears that a country reliant on imports could soon face shortages of food.

Lebanon's collapse piles strain on army, security forces

Mar 09 2021

BEIRUT Discontent is brewing in the ranks of Lebanon's security forces over a currency crash wiping out most of the value of their salaries as unrest and crime surge.

World Bank threatens to cut Lebanon's vaccine aid over line-jumping

Feb 23 2021

BEIRUT The World Bank threatened on Tuesday to suspend its multi-million dollar financing for Lebanon's COVID-19 vaccinations over politicians jumping the line.

Lebanese court removes investigator who charged politicians over Beirut blast

Feb 18 2021

BEIRUT A Lebanese court on Thursday dismissed a judge who had charged top politicians with negligence over last year's Beirut port explosion, infuriating families of victims who said it showed that the state would never hold powerful men to account.

As Lebanon's banks struggle to raise capital, a deadline looms

Feb 15 2021

BEIRUT Paralysed by financial crisis and riven with political risk, a number of Lebanon's banks are struggling to meet a central bank target to raise their capital defences by 20% by the end of this month.

World News

Iran election set to hand presidency to hardline judge

Iranians choose a president on Friday in a contest likely to be won by a judge fiercely loyal to the religious establishment, although large numbers of people are expected to ignore the vote due to discontent with economic hardship and hardline rule.