Saad Hariri met with President Aoun for the 18th time since he was designated to form the government last October to iron out their differences over the formation of new government.
The economic and financial crisis roiling Lebanon is the gravest threat to its stability since the 15-year civil war ended in 1990.
Lebanese pound hits a new record low in Tuesday trading, adding to Lebanon's economic and financial woes.
Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab pressures politicians to form a new government, saying the country is confronting enormous challenges that no government can face.
There is mounting controversy in Lebanon that politicians are poaching scarce vaccine supplies for themselves and their families.
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.
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