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Analysis-Lebanon slips further into Iran's orbit as Hariri bows out

Jan 26 2022

BEIRUT A decision by Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri to step away from Lebanese politics opens the way for Shi'ite Hezbollah to extend its already deep sway over the country, rendering it ever more a bastion of Iranian influence on the Mediterranean.

Lebanon's Hariri steps away from politics, upending election landscape

Jan 24 2022

BEIRUT Lebanese Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri said on Monday he was stepping back from political life and would not run in the parliamentary election, turning Lebanon's sectarian politics on its head as the country grapples with a financial crisis.

Analysis-Lebanon is dragged back into eye of Iranian-Saudi storm

Nov 01 2021

BEIRUT Already mired in economic collapse, Lebanon is facing a blast of Gulf Arab anger after a prominent broadcaster-turned-minister levelled blunt criticism at Saudi Arabia, in a row that has further strained Beirut's ties with once generous benefactors.

Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance

Oct 18 2021

BEIRUT (Reuters) -Worsening sectarian tensions in Lebanon are testing an alliance between Shi'ite Hezbollah and its Christian ally President Michel Aoun, who may lose ground to their rivals as they step up opposition to the Iran-backed group's influence.

Deadly shooting rocks Beirut as tensions over blast probe erupt

Oct 14 2021

BEIRUT (Reuters) -Tensions over a probe into last year's massive blast in Beirut burst into the worst street violence in more than a decade on Thursday, with six Shi'ites shot dead and gun battles reviving memories of the country's 1975-90 civil war. | Video

Explainer-Why is Lebanon such a mess?

Oct 14 2021

BEIRUT At least six people were shot dead in Beirut on Thursday as demonstrations related to a probe into last year's catastrophic port blast prompted the city's worst civil violence in years.

Analysis-Who pays? Lebanon faces tough question in IMF bailout bid

Sep 23 2021

BEIRUT In its bid for IMF support, Lebanon must address a question it has evaded since the economy imploded two years ago: how should it distribute the huge losses caused by its financial collapse?

Leaderless Lebanon on slippery slope to mayhem

Aug 24 2021

BEIRUT (Reuters) -Lebanon's financial meltdown is dragging the country towards mayhem at a quickening pace, forcing its feuding leaders to face a choice between finally doing something about the crisis or risking yet more chaos and insecurity.

ANALYSIS-Leaderless Lebanon on slippery slope to mayhem

Aug 23 2021

BEIRUT, Aug 23 Lebanon's financial meltdown is dragging the country towards mayhem at a quickening pace, forcing its feuding leaders to face a choice between finally doing something about the crisis or risking yet more chaos and insecurity.

President hopes for Lebanon government in days as crisis bites deeper

Aug 16 2021

BEIRUT (Reuters) -President Michel Aoun said he hoped a new Lebanese government would be formed within the next couple days, as efforts to agree one were spurred on by a fuel crisis that has brought much of the country to a standstill and sparked warnings of anarchy.

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