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Lebanon: Country in the Middle East
Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. At just 10,452 km2, it is the smallest recognized sovereign state on the mainland Asian continent.

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COVID-19: Lebanon businesses help overwhelmed hospitals [Video]

COVID-19: Lebanon businesses help overwhelmed hospitals

While Lebanon's government has enforced a public lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, businesses are stepping in to assist hospitals already overwhelmed.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:47Published
Lebanon army deployed to enforce public lockdown [Video]

Lebanon army deployed to enforce public lockdown

The government is already grappling with a financial crisis and now it is being criticised for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:42Published
Drone roses for a confined mother's day in Lebanon [Video]

Drone roses for a confined mother's day in Lebanon

In a quiet Lebanese village under lockdown for the novel coronavirus, a drone buzzed into a balcony on Saturday to deliver a red rose to a surprised smiling mother.View on euronews

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Coronavirus pandemic: Lebanon shuts airport, restricts movement over COVID-19 virus [Video]

Coronavirus pandemic: Lebanon shuts airport, restricts movement over COVID-19 virus

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:03Published
Lebanon state of emergency over coronavirus [Video]

Lebanon state of emergency over coronavirus

Doctors there say they are not ready to handle a health crisis as the country also faces a severe economic crises.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published
Amid economic crisis, Lebanon grapples with COVID-19 [Video]

Amid economic crisis, Lebanon grapples with COVID-19

Coronavirus is stretching Lebanon's ailing healthcare system and there are big questions over whether it can cope with a full outbreak.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published
Women defy conservative regimes in rights marches across the world [Video]

Women defy conservative regimes in rights marches across the world

Women marched for their rights on Sunday all around the world, including in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico...View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:50Published
Lebanon will default on its debt for the first time ever [Video]

Lebanon will default on its debt for the first time ever

Prime Minister Diab says the 'difficult decision' to default has been made to 'secure the basic needs for people'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:53Published
Lebanon PM: Government won't repay $1bn in foreign currency debt [Video]

Lebanon PM: Government won't repay $1bn in foreign currency debt

Lebanon's prime minister has announced the government will not repay foreign currency debt of more than $1bn.

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Lebanon economy: Gov’t works towards emergency financial plan [Video]

Lebanon economy: Gov’t works towards emergency financial plan

Lebanon's protests may have dwindled but the government is being warned that this may change as people suffer in a flatlining economy.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:22Published
Concerns grow over rising global spread of coronavirus [Video]

Concerns grow over rising global spread of coronavirus

China reported a sharp decrease in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday but a doubling of infections in South Korea and 10 new cases in Iran added to unease about its rapid spread and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published
New Coronavirus Cases Fall In China [Video]

New Coronavirus Cases Fall In China

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported a sharp fall in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published
IMF team in Lebanon to help tackle economic crisis [Video]

IMF team in Lebanon to help tackle economic crisis

Government is yet to decide whether it will default on its loan payments - a move that could lead to unpopular austerity measures.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published
Lebanon crisis: Iran's Parliament speaker visits Beirut [Video]

Lebanon crisis: Iran's Parliament speaker visits Beirut

Ali Larijani visits Lebanon, mired in economic and political problems, despite appointment of new government.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published
Former Lebanese PM blames rivals for deteriorating situation [Video]

Former Lebanese PM blames rivals for deteriorating situation

Former prime minister says his party is 'here to stay' in first public speech since resigning in October amid protests.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published
15 year anniversary of assassination of Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri [Video]

15 year anniversary of assassination of Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:39Published
Nissan wants $91m in damages from former chairman [Video]

Nissan wants $91m in damages from former chairman

Nissan Motor Co on Wednesday said it had filed a civil suit in Japan against former Chairman Carlos Ghosn seeking $91 million in damages over his alleged financial misconduct. Matt Larotonda reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published
Lebanon gov't wins Parliament's confidence vote despite protests [Video]

Lebanon gov't wins Parliament's confidence vote despite protests

Parliament backs cabinet and financial plans of PM Hassan Diab in vote held despite attempts by protesters to block it.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published
Lebanon government wins confidence vote as protests rage in Beirut [Video]

Lebanon government wins confidence vote as protests rage in Beirut

Lebanon government wins confidence vote as protests rage in Beirut

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:02Published
Protests rock Beirut as government seeks confidence vote [Video]

Protests rock Beirut as government seeks confidence vote

Hundreds of people were injured in Beirut on Tuesday (February 11) in clashes between security forces and protesters, who tried to stop lawmakers attending a vote of confidence in Lebanon's new..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:26Published
Lebanon protesters demand elections ahead of confidence vote [Video]

Lebanon protesters demand elections ahead of confidence vote

Demonstrators clashed with security forces in Beirut, rejecting the country's new government-led Prime Minister Hassan Diab as it began to try and secure a vote of confidence.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published
Women call for rights, lead change in Lebanon protests [Video]

Women call for rights, lead change in Lebanon protests

Grassroots women's groups in Lebanon demand more rights and call for recognition of marginalised groups.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published
Snow worsens conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon [Video]

Snow worsens conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

There is rising hostility towards refugees, who are often blamed for making Lebanon’s economic crisis worse.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published
Lebanon's economic crisis felt in city of Tripoli [Video]

Lebanon's economic crisis felt in city of Tripoli

World Bank has warned poverty will rise by a further 50 percent if financial crisis continues.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

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Lebanese police remove Beirut protest camp

Lebanese security forces cleared away a protest camp in central Beirut on Saturday and reopened roads blocked by demonstrators since protests against the governing elite started in October.
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Lebanon extends coronavirus lockdown by 2 weeks

Lebanon is extending a lockdown by two weeks until April 12 to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said on Thursday.
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Lebanese-American Amer Fakhoury released from prison in Beirut: U.S.

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Lebanon, already grappling with economic crisis, now faces coronavirus shutdown

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Lebanese banks to shut until March 29 to halt coronavirus - media

Lebanon's banks will close until March 29 as part of steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Lebanese media reported.
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Lebanon declares medical emergency, urges home working

President Michel Aoun declared a medical state of emergency in Lebanon on Sunday and called on people to work from home as the country steps up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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Lebanon's president calls for people to work from home amid virus outbreak

Lebanon's president called on Sunday for citizens to work from home and avoid socializing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Hezbollah: Not against aid, even from IMF, but depends on terms

Hezbollah does not oppose foreign aid to help Lebanon out of its financial crisis, even from the International Monetary Fund, as long as there are not conditions imposed that harm the national..
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Iraq stops flights to India and Lebanon over coronavirus

Iraqi Airlines announced on Thursday it would stop all flights to India and Lebanon over the coronavirus outbreak, the state news agency reported.
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Lebanon said on Wednesday it will halt all travel to and from Italy, South Korea, China, and Iran to curb coronavirus and gave nationals four days to return from other virus-hit countries before a more..
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Lebanon records first death from coronavirus

Lebanon recorded its first death from coronavirus on Tuesday, and local broadcasters said the patient had been in quarantine after returning from Egypt.
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Bahrain asks people arriving from four countries to self-quarantine: tweet

Bahrain has called on people who have traveled to Lebanon, Egypt, Italy or South Korea to self-quarantine for two weeks from the day of their arrival, the Health Ministry said in a tweet on Saturday.
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Kuwait suspends flights to and from seven countries over coronavirus: tweet

Kuwait suspended on Saturday all flights to and from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and Sri-Lanka for a week starting on Saturday, Kuwait's civil aviation directorate said in a..
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'Now we have corona': Cash-strapped Lebanon navigates new crisis

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IMF deal would spark 'popular revolution' in Lebanon, Hezbollah believes

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Lebanon reports three new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 10

Lebanon's health ministry said on Sunday three more people had tested positive for coronavirus after arriving from Iran, bringing the total in the country to 10.
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Saudi Arabia calls on citizens to postpone Lebanon travel over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia called on its citizens and residents to postpone travel to Lebanon over concerns of the spread of coronavirus, the Saudi embassy in Lebanon said on Twitter on Saturday.
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Lebanon closes schools until March 8 to curb coronavirus spread

Lebanon's Education Ministry on Friday announced the closure of all schools until March 8 as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.
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Lebanon announced on Friday it was closing the country's schools effective Feb. 29 until March 8 as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, an education ministry statement said.
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Lebanon health ministry confirms third case of coronavirus, NNA reports

Lebanon confirmed the country's third case of coronavirus on Thursday, after a man arriving from Iran on Feb. 24 tested positive, the health ministry said, according to news agency NNA.
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Bahrain stops flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon until further notice

Flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon have been stopped until further notice, Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) in Bahrain announced on Thursday.
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Lebanon reports second case of coronavirus

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U.S. targets individuals, entities linked to Lebanon's Martyrs Foundation

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Exclusive: If Lebanon needs financial aid, France will be there, finmin says

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Lebanon's Aoun vows accountability over financial crisis: Twitter

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