The Treasury designation did not mention Gebran Bassil's alliance or links to Hezbollah, but the sanctions targeting him appeared to be part of the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran and its allies in the region.
There is little energy left as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, unemployment rises and the capital city reels from a huge explosion in August that left thousands homeless.
Lebanon and Israel have begun unprecedented talks sponsored by the UN and US to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration.
France has been quick to back former PM Saad al Hariri's proposal of an "independent" Shia candidate being given the finance portfolio to end a deadlock between two main Shia parties over ministers.
Mohammed Atwi, 33, succumbs to head wound, nearly a month after he was hit in capital Beirut by a stray bullet.
If Lebanese leaders fail to shift direction in the next three months, French President Macron says punitive measures could be imposed, including withholding bailout money and sanctions on the ruling class.
Macron can’t be expected to achieve anything on his own in Lebanon. But Brussels should play a much more hands-on role.
The port explosion has since forced Lebanon's government to resign, giving rise to popular resentment towards the country's political elite.
French President enjoyed his hero’s welcome in the Lebanese capital last week, but critics now wonder if it was an opportunistic visit by Macron?
The port blast is taking popular anger to a new level in a country already reeling from an unprecedented economic and financial crisis and near bankruptcy.
Lebanese protesters have stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks, TV footage showed, as shots were fired in growing protests over this week's devastating explosion.
Turkey’s top officials have visited Lebanon’s capital following a massive deadly explosion shaking Beirut this week.
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