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Lebanon vows to restore security after deadly shootout

Jul 01 2019

BEIRUT The Lebanese government vowed on Monday to restore security to an area of a deadly shooting that has stirred fear of renewed strife in the Chouf Mountains, one of the bloodiest theaters of the 1975-90 civil war.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

Jun 25 2019

BEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump's vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon, reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its Christian-Muslim sectarian balance.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

Jun 24 2019

BEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trump's vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon, reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its Christian-Muslim sectarian balance.

Trump Mideast plan hits nerve in Lebanon, stirs old fears

Jun 24 2019

* Lebanese believe Kushner plan aims to naturalize Palestinians

UPDATE 3-Lebanon must send message "of seriousness" by approving budget -finance minister

Jun 24 2019

BEIRUT, June 24 Lebanon's finance minister said on Monday it was important the country sendt a "clear message of seriousness" in the coming days by approving the 2019 state budget that aims to slash the deficit.

Lebanese IT specialist Zakka released by Iran

Jun 11 2019

BEIRUT A Lebanese businessman detained in Tehran for more than four years on charges of collaborating against Iran arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after his government secured his release.

Lebanon central bank workers strike, PM demands budgetary 'realism'

May 06 2019

BEIRUT Lebanese central bank employees went on strike on Monday over state budget proposals that would cut their benefits but Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said failure to pass a "realistic" budget would be like a "suicide operation" against the economy.

UPDATE 1-Lebanese banks should play role in reducing deficit -finance minister

Apr 18 2019

* Finance minister signals moves to cut public-sector wage bill

Exclusive: Lebanese draft budget reduces deficit to below 9 percent of GDP - finance minister

Apr 17 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's draft budget for 2019 projects a deficit of less than 9 percent of GDP compared to 11.2 percent in 2018 and includes "wide reductions" in spending based on the need for "exceptional austerity measures", the finance minister said on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Heavily indebted Lebanon promises quick reforms - draft policy statement

Feb 06 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon is committed to launching fast and effective reforms that could be "difficult and painful" to avoid a worsening of economic, financial and social conditions, according to a draft government policy statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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