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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 lies west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has contributed to 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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Lebanese attempt to flee, claim asylum in Cyprus [Video]

Lebanese attempt to flee, claim asylum in Cyprus

For years the desperate migrants who boarded small boats on Lebanon's northern coast were mostly Syrians or Palestinians. But with Lebanon in freefall, it's citizens have started joining the ranks of..

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Lebanon's Christian rivalries return amid crisis [Video]

Lebanon's Christian rivalries return amid crisis

An old rivalry between Christian factions who fought each other in Lebanon's civil war has flared again on the street and in political debate. It's renewing fears of fresh unrest as the nation grapples..

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Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses US of obstructing government formation [Video]

Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses US of obstructing government formation

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France 'regrets' Lebanon has not yet formed government [Video]

France 'regrets' Lebanon has not yet formed government

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Lebanon crisis: No formation of new govt as Macron deadline expires [Video]

Lebanon crisis: No formation of new govt as Macron deadline expires

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Lebanon political crisis: Politicians fail to form govt before Macron's deadline [Video]

Lebanon political crisis: Politicians fail to form govt before Macron's deadline

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Beirut blaze alarms residents a month after blast [Video]

Beirut blaze alarms residents a month after blast

A large fire erupted at Beirut port on Thursday, engulfing parts of the Lebanese capital in a pall of smoke weeks after a massive blast devastated the port and surrounding residential area. Edward..

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Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after explosion [Video]

Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after explosion

A huge fire has broken out at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic amongresidents a month after a massive explosion at the site in Lebanon. It was notimmediately clear what caused the fire at the..

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US sanctions Lebanese allies of Hezbollah for first time [Video]

US sanctions Lebanese allies of Hezbollah for first time

Two former ministers dismiss US accusations of corruption and providing material support to Hezbollah.

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U.S. blacklists two Lebanese for enabling Hezbollah [Video]

U.S. blacklists two Lebanese for enabling Hezbollah

The United States sanctioned two Lebanese former ministers for corruption and 'enabling Hezbollah', saying it was a warning to all politicians there. Lebanon is reeling from a deadly blast blamed on..

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Lebanon in crisis: What can Macron do? [Video]

Lebanon in crisis: What can Macron do?

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'No signs of life' in Beirut rubble [Video]

'No signs of life' in Beirut rubble

Rescue workers digging through the rubble of a Beirut building for the third day on Saturday said there was no longer hope of finding someone alive more than a month after a massive port explosion..

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Rescuers search Beirut rubble for third day [Video]

Rescuers search Beirut rubble for third day

Rescue workers continued to dig through the rubble of a Beirut building for a third day on Saturday, still hoping to find someone alive more than a month after a massive port explosion shattered..

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Lebanon: Over 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate found near Beirut port [Video]

Lebanon: Over 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate found near Beirut port

Lebanon's army said it found the chemical near the entrance to Beirut port, the site of a powerful explosion last month.

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Lebanon economic crisis [Video]

Lebanon economic crisis

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The scarred survivor haunted by the Beirut blast [Video]

The scarred survivor haunted by the Beirut blast

Shady Rizk, 36, needed 350 stitches after the August 4 explosion that tore threw the Lebanese capital. A month later, he is facing up to the task of healing physically and mentally, while grieving for..

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Macron marks Lebanon centennial ahead of government talks [Video]

Macron marks Lebanon centennial ahead of government talks

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In Lebanon, Macron offers the carrot or the stick [Video]

In Lebanon, Macron offers the carrot or the stick

In second Beirut visit since deadly blast, French president vows wide-reaching aid, threatens sanctions to coax reforms.

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Macron steps up pressure in Beirut [Video]

Macron steps up pressure in Beirut

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Lebanese politicians they risk sanctions if they fail to set the nation on a new course within three months, stepping up pressure for reforms in a country..

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Mustapha Adib becomes Lebanon’s new PM-designate [Video]

Mustapha Adib becomes Lebanon’s new PM-designate

Lebanon picks Mustapha Adib to lead a country recovering from a major explosion and facing a severe economic crisis.

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Lebanon appoints Mustapha Adib as new PM [Video]

Lebanon appoints Mustapha Adib as new PM

Mustapha Adib has been named as prime minister-designate and will now form a new government.

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Lebanon PM-designate urges immediate reforms [Video]

Lebanon PM-designate urges immediate reforms

Lebanon's prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib called on Monday for the formation of a new government in record time and urged immediate reforms. Edward Baran reports.

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Lebanon establishment tasks Mustapha Adib with forming new gov't [Video]

Lebanon establishment tasks Mustapha Adib with forming new gov't

Diplomat won votes from 90 MPs and must form a government to push through long-overdue reforms.

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Beirut blast pummelled key nightlife industry [Video]

Beirut blast pummelled key nightlife industry

Beirut's blast wreaked devastation to the city's thriving nightlife, not just a lifeline to Lebanon's youth but a key pillar of the economy. Now 2,000 venues lie in tatters, and many jobs are at risk...

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