Lebanon reopens malls amid slow vaccination campaign

Lebanon entered the third week of its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign on Monday, with stores and malls reopening for the first time since the closure on Jan. 21.But warnings about reopenings are being heard from the country’s medical experts. The director of the Hariri Go


Lebanon: Health Minister Fuels Anger over Vaccine Line-Jumping

Lebanon's caretaker health minister said he had allowed lawmakers to receive COVID-19 shots to thank them for passing an emergency law and dismissed anger over politicians jumping the queue as an overreaction. While medical workers and elderly still await their turn, some legislators received vac


Lebanese activists call for Hezbollah to disarm after murder of Lokman Slim

Prominent Lebanese figures are calling for a boycott of Hezbollah after the murder of one of the militia's most vocal critics. The declaration published last Thursday came after Lokman Slim, a publisher, filmmaker and critic of the group, was shot dead in southern Lebanon. Signatories say Lebano


Hariri marks 16th anniversary of father’s assassination

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said on Sunday that although he had been subjected to “slander and lies,” he was “very patient” and determined to form a new government.In a televised speech marking 16 years since the assassination of his father,


Lebanon launches urgent vaccine rollout

BEIRUT: Lebanon has launched an urgent coronavirus vaccination rollout following the arrival of the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport. The consignment of 28,500 vaccines arrived from Belgium and was transferred to the Ministry of Healt


Saad Hariri: No progress made on forming new Lebanese government

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad Hariri said on Friday that no progress had been made in talks to form a new government, after months of political wrangling.Hariri dined this week with French President Emmanuel Macron, whose efforts have so far failed to rally Lebanese leaders


US envoy: Killing of Lebanese activist Luqman Slim ‘barbaric act’

BEIRUT: The US ambassador to Lebanon paid a rare visit to a quarter of Beirut that is a Hezbollah stronghold on Thursday to attend the memorial service for political researcher and activist Luqman Slim. He was shot dead and found in his car last Thursday in south Lebanon – the first killing


The death of the Lebanese MP, Jean Obeid, as a result of his infection with Corona

Today, the Lebanese Member of Parliament, Jean Obeid, died at the age of 82, after complications from his infection with the Coronavirus.


Activists in Beirut protest killing of Hezbollah critic Luqman Slim

BEIRUT: Around a hundred activists rallied in downtown Beirut on Saturday to protest the killing of prominent Hezbollah critic Luqman Slim and to demand a transparent investigation.Slim, a Shiite publisher in his late fifties, ran a research center, made documentaries with his wife and led efforts


Lebanon signs with Pfizer for 2.1 million vaccine doses

BEIRUT: Lebanon finalized a deal with Pfizer on Sunday for 2.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine amid surge in infections that has overwhelmed the country’s health care system.The doses are to arrive in Lebanon starting early February, according to Lebanon’s health ministry.The


Shops shut and streets empty as Lebanon enters strictest COVID-19 lockdown

BEIRUT: It was a choice between containing a spiraling virus outbreak and resuscitating a dying economy in a country that has been in steady financial and economic meltdown over the past year. Authorities in Lebanon chose the latter.Now, virus patients struggling to breathe wait outside hospitals


Lebanon to receive $246m emergency aid from the World Bank

Lebanon is set to receive $246 million in emergency from the World Bank. The aid package, set to help an estimated 786,000 vulnerable Lebanese through the country's economic crisis, was approved by the World Bank yesterday. Lebanon is currently grappling with its worst economic and financial cri


Lebanon high court says prosecutor can resume port probe

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s highest court said Monday the prosecutor investigating last year’s massive explosion at the Beirut port that killed dozens and injured thousands can resume his work after a three-week pause following legal challenges to his authority.The Court of Cassation’s dec


Lebanon aims for one million Covid-19 vaccinations in coming months

Over one million people in Lebanon are expected to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine over the next few months, said Abdul Rahman Bizri, head of the technical expert group in charge of the country's Covid-19 vaccination campaign. The government has ordered 2.1 million doses of the vaccine which


Lebanon begins new lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases

BEIRUT: Lebanon began a 25-day nationwide lockdown Thursday to limit the spread of the coronavirus as infections hit a record in the tiny Mediterranean nation and patients overwhelm the health care sector.In Israel, the government prepared for a two-week shutdown as the country’s infection r


President: Lebanon has no partner in preserving its sovereignty

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said yesterday that his country has no partner in preserving its independence, sovereignty over its borders and the freedom of its decisions. Aoun made the remarks on the presidency's official Twitter account one day after an Iranian commander said Tehran was suppor


Lebanon records a record number of Corona injuries

The Lebanese Ministry of Health announced that it had recorded 13 deaths and 2,878 new cases of Coronavirus during the past 24 hours. In its daily report on the developments of the epidemic, the Ministry stated that the total number of HIV infections has reached 177,996 since February 21, while t


Lebanon has reserved nearly two million coronavirus vaccines

Lebanon’s health minister said on Monday the country has reserved nearly two million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to fight the coronavirus, an amount that covers up to 20 per cent of the population. Hamad Hassan said in a news conference his government has been negotiating with the




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