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DFA probing death of Filipino in Lebanon POLO shelter

May 25, 2020 - 5:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is also considering 'underlying factors' as the domestic worker entered the shelter a day before her supposed suicide

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy

May 25, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in

BEIRUT. A picture taken on January 25, 2020, shows Lebanese soldiers standing guard beneath a giant national flag in the capital Beirut with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Lebanon PM pledges to stem devaluation, reduce food prices

May 21, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The devaluation of the Lebanese pound leads to major hikes in the price of food, much of which is imported

ECONOMIC CRISIS. An anti-government protester stands on top of a car during a demonstration in the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 22, 2020. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Lebanon central bank official charged in currency probe

May 18, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Mazen Hamdane is accused of manipulating the Lebanese pound and 'breaching [its] stability through directly buying dollars from money changers'

Barbed wire is placed in front of the central bank headquarters in Beirut to keep protesters away from the building, on December 30, 2019. - Since September, banks have restricted the number of dollars that can be withdrawn or transferred abroad. Although no formal policy is in place, most have arbitrarily capped withdrawals at around $1,000 a month, while others have imposed tighter restrictions. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon starts talks with IMF for financial aid

May 14, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The Lebanese government is seeking more than $10 billion in financial support from the International Monetary Fund to save its crumbling economy

CURFEW. An aerial view shows the Beirut Corniche empty during a nighttime curfew imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Lebanon on March 28, 2020. Photo by AFP

Lebanon's economic collapse: What happened?

May 04, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Here's how Lebanon became one of the most indebted countries in the world

A Lebanese protester kicks the entrance of a bank in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon late on April 29, 2020, as anger over a spiralling economic crisis in the country re-energised a months-old anti-government movement in defiance of a coronavirus lockdown. - Clashes broke out between protesters and the Lebanese army , hours after the under-fire central bank chief blamed a lack of government reforms for a spiralling economic crisis that has sparked demonstrations. A plummeting currency and fast-rising prices have reignited protests that saw one man killed in the northern city of Tripoli after being struck by a bullet fired by a soldier in clashes earlier this week. (Photo by Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

Crisis-hit Lebanon to seek IMF funding after approving reform plan

May 01, 2020 - 1:00 AM

The Lebanese government approves a plan to provide support to 'needy sectors' during the coronavirus crisis, and also aims to get aid from the International Monetary Fund

An anti-government protester stands of the top of a car during a convoy protest in the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 22, 2020, amid an economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. - Lebanon's worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war is now compounded by the lockdown. Poverty has risen to 45 percent of the population, according to official estimates.Protests had petered out after a new government took office in January, and demonstrators have largely remained at home since the coronavirus lockdown started mid-March. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon bank deposits plunge $5.7 billion in January-February 2020

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:15 AM

A source close to the Lebanese government says the large part of the $5.7 billion had likely been transferred abroad

CURFEW. An aerial view shows the Beirut Corniche empty during a nighttime curfew imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Lebanon on March 28, 2020. Photo by AFP

Landmark Lebanon hotel closes over economic crisis

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:25 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic adding to Lebanon's economic woes, the famed Le Bristol hotel is forced to shut down

This picture taken on April 18, 2020 shows a view of the exterior of the the five-star "Le Bristol" in the Hamra district of the Lebanese capital Beirut, which was forced to close for this first time since it's opening in 1951 due to the worst financial crunch since the 1975-1990 civil war, now made more acute by a nationwide lockdown since mid-March because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. - Designed by French interior designer Jean Royere, Le Bristol boasts the oldest ballroom in Beirut and once housed Lebanon's first ever skating rink before it was turned into a conference room. Its former guests include the late shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his wife Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, American aviator Charles Lindbergh, American jazz trumpeter Dizzie Gillespie, and former French president Jacques Chirac. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon calls for financial aid amid virus outbreak

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Lebanon is in the throes of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. The coronavirus pandemic adds to the country's difficulties.

An aerial view shows the Beirut Corniche empty during a nighttime curfew imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 28, 2020. (Photo by - / AFP)

PH ambassador to Lebanon dies of coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla dies in Beirut on April 2. She was 62.

CAREER DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Philippine diplomat Bernardita Catalla sits for an interview with RTVM in April 2017. Screenshot from RTVM

Lebanese ex-'collaborator' killed after colleague escapes

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:50 PM

A judicial source identifies the victim as Antoine al-Hayek, a former warden at an infamous prison set up under Israeli occupation during the 1975-1990 civil war

2 Filipinos catch coronavirus in Lebanon

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:20 PM

This means a total of 91 Filipinos based outside the Philippines have been infected with the novel coronavirus as of March 9, 2020

PRECAUTION VS CORONAVIRUS. Sanitary workers disinfect Beirut's public park on March 5, 2020.Photo by AFP

Lebanon officials greenlight first debt default

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:56 PM

Lebanon's debt burden is among the largest in the world, equivalent to 150 percent of its GDP

SHUT DOWN. A Lebanese national flag hangs in front of a closed petrol station in the capital Beirut on November 9, 2019. File photo by AFP

Lebanon announces first novel coronavirus case

Feb 22, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The COVID-19 is found in a 45-year-old Lebanese woman who had traveled from Qom in Iran

Israeli strikes kill 23 Syrian, foreign fighters in Syria

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The reported Israeli strikes come as government forces press a blistering offensive against Syria's last major rebel bastion, in the Idlib region in the northwest

ISRAELI STRIKES. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Undefeated Mighty blows out Al Riyadi, wins 31st Dubai championship

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:58 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines completes a tournament sweep and becomes the first team outside Middle East to rule the Dubai International Basketball Championship

EXPLOSIVE. Renaldo Balkman powers Mighty Sports to a historic title romp. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Basketball Championship Finals

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Unbeaten Mighty Sports Philippines goes for the crown against defending champion Al Riyadi Lebanon at 12 am on February 2, Sunday

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines goes for an elimination sweep versus Lebanon’s Beirut Sports Club early Wednesday, January 29

Crisis-hit Lebanon names new government

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:28 AM

'This is a government that represents the aspirations of the demonstrators who have been mobilized nationwide for more than 3 months,' says Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab

NEW GOVERNMENT. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on on January 21, 2020, shows Lebanon's new Prime Minister Hassan Diab signing official documents at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, as the new government is announced. AFP PHOTO/HO/DALATI AND NOHRA

Almost 400 wounded in Lebanon clashes – rescuers

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The toll on Saturday, January 18, is the heaviest since the protests erupted 3 months ago

CLASHES. Anti-government protesters use a metal barrier to ram security forces taking cover during clashes in the central downtown district of the Lebanese capital Beirut near the parliament headquarters on January 18, 2020. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Lebanon, urges Filipinos to remain vigilant

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon

Lebanon bans Ghosn from foreign travel

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-auto magnate Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon, is 'banned from traveling until his judicial file arrives from Japan'

Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn addresses a large crowd of journalists on his reasons for dodging trial in Japan, where he is accused of financial misconduct, at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut on January 8, 2020. - The 65-year-old fugitive auto tycoon vowed to clear his name as he made his first public appearance at a news conference in Beirut since skipping bail in Japan. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compensation to the tune of $85 million. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Photo from Wikicommons

Defiant car magnate Ghosn hits back against Japanese 'plot'

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn tells media in Lebanon he was 'presumed guilty' and had 'no choice' but to flee Japan

Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn addresses a large crowd of journalists on his reasons for dodging trial in Japan, where he is accused of financial misconduct, at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut on January 8, 2020. - The 65-year-old fugitive auto tycoon vowed to clear his name as he made his first public appearance at a news conference in Beirut since skipping bail in Japan. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compensation to the tune of $85 million. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Turkish private jet firm says planes used 'illegally' in Ghosn escape

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Turkish private jet company MNG says one employee has admitted to falsifying the records to keep Carlos Ghosn's name off the flight manifest, and that he acted 'in his individual capacity'

'ILLEGAL.' This file photo shows former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving his lawyers' offices in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn used one of two French passports to flee – media

Jan 02, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Prosecutors and police are poised to launch an investigation into the stunning escape, suspecting he departed 'in an unlawful manner,' public broadcaster NHK says

CARLOS GHOSN. This screen grab from a handout video released on April 9, 2019 by representatives of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn shows him speaking in a video message recorded on April 3. Handout photo from representatives for Carlos Ghosn/AFP

Ghosn confirms he is in Lebanon, blasts 'rigged Japanese justice system'

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied,' says the tycoon in a statement.

FLEES INJUSTICE. In this file photo taken on September 15, 2017 then Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn gestures as he addresses a press conference in Paris. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Protest-hit Lebanon postpones talks to pick new PM

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:31 PM

President Michel Aoun responds to the wishes of outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri to postpone parliamentary consultations until December 19

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters chant slogans as they gather during a demonstration before security forces standing on guard in the vicinity of the Lebanese Parliament headquarters in the centre of the capital Beirut on December 11, 2019. File photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

Lebanon interior minister orders probe after protest violence

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Lebanon's Raya El-Hassan demands the identification of those responsible for the most violent episode since the largely peaceful anti-government protests began in October 2017

Besieged by protesters, Lebanon assembly postpones session

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:40 PM

From early morning, hundreds of noisy demonstrators and riot police have faced off and at times scuffled outside the assembly in Beirut, with activists also trying to block MPs' convoys

PROTEST. Lebanese anti-government protesters shout slogans in front of a barrier near parliament headquarters in the capital Beirut on November 19, 2019. Photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

WhatsApp as a tool for fear and intimidation in Lebanon’s protests

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Among a polarized public that distrusts politicians and the fourth estate, unverifiable WhatsApp rumors carry the day

LEBANON. Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images for Coda Story.

Lebanon protests flare after president shuns demands

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Hundreds march towards the palace of President Michel Aoun in the town of Baabda outside the capital, where security forces laid coils of barbed wire across the access road

LEBANON PROTESTS. Lebanese demonstrators try to remove the barbed wire and metal rail, placed by anti-riot police (background), on the road leading to the Presidential Palace in Baabda, on the eastern outskirts of Beirut on November 13, 2019, nearly a month into an unprecedented anti-graft street movement. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Petrol pumps shut down in protest-hit Lebanon over dollar shortage

Nov 09, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Lebanon's Syndicate of Gas Station Owners head Sami Brax says they will be forced to stop imports and close down all petrol stations if the government fails to facilitate access to dollars soon

SHUT DOWN. A Lebanese national flag hangs in front of a closed petrol station in the capital Beirut on November 9, 2019. Photo by AFP

World Bank urges Lebanon to form gov't, warns of recession

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The warning comes as anti-government demonstrators push on with rallies and hundreds of school children boycott classes

PROTESTS. A Lebanese protester takes part in a sit-in to block a central bridge during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Beirut, on November 4, 2019. File photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Lebanon reopens but crisis remains after PM resigns

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:34 PM

President Michel Aoun asks Saad Hariri's government to continue on a caretaker basis until a new cabinet is formed

LEBANON. A Lebanese anti-government protester waves his national flag signaling a roadblock to drivers in Beirut on October 30, 2019. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Lebanon PM Hariri says to submit resignation

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Lebanon's embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri says his decision is 'in response to the will of many Lebanese who have taken to the streets to demand change' in what he calls 'historic' protests

AFTER RESIGNATION. Lebanese anti-government protesters celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut on October 29, 2019 on the 13th day of anti-government protests. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Tensions rattle Lebanon anti-graft protests

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbollah, warns that any cabinet resignation would lead to 'chaos and collapse' of the economy

Lebanese demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. - Thousands continued to rally despite calls for calm from politicians and dozens of arrests. The demonstrators are demanding a sweeping overhaul of Lebanon's political system, citing grievances ranging from austerity measures to poor infrastructure. (Photo by Ibrahim AMRO / AFP)

Hundreds of thousands take over streets as Lebanon's protests grow

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The demonstrations cripple Lebanon and threaten the government of beleaguered Prime Minister Saad Hariri

PROTESTS. Lebanese demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. Photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

DFA to Filipinos in Lebanon: Stay away from protests

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:23 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also urges Filipinos to contact the Philippine Embassy in Beirut hotline at (+961-3) 859-430 for any assistance

PROTESTS. A Lebanese activist sweeps soot on a main road in downtown Beirut on October 19, 2019 as hundreds continued to gather in Lebanon for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption after the security forces made dozens of arrests. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Protests in Lebanese capital over deteriorating economy

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Lebanon's finance ministry says the country's public debt stands at around $86 billion, more than 150% of the gross domestic product

PROTESTS. Lebanese protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on September 29, 2019. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Escalation ends, but Israel-Hezbollah tensions remain

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Burnt fields can be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint is set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim

ESCALATION ENDS. This picture taken on September 2, 2019 from the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras shows the area of Avivim in northern Israel on the other side where Israel and the Lebanese Shiite muslim Hezbollah group exchanged fire along the border the previous day. Photo by Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Lebanon says Israeli drone sparks blaze in border area

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Israeli military spokesperson says the blaze that erupted near a demarcation line between the two countries was caused by army 'operations' in the area

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon to 'be careful'

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Addressing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Benjamin Netanyahu says that 'he knows very well that the state of Israel knows how to defend itself well, and to repay its enemies'

'BE CAREFUL.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Lebanon says Israel drone attack 'declaration of war'

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'This allows us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,' says Lebanese President Michel Aoun

'DECLARATION OF WAR.' In this file photo, Lebanese President Michel Aoun gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage international airport on March 30, 2019, to attend the Arab Summit tomorrow. File photo by Hussein Malla/Pool/AFP

Lebanon condemns Israel 'aggression' after anti-Hezbollah drone attack

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Hezbollah is a major political actor in Lebanon and a key backer of the Damascus regime in war-torn Syria

Lone attacker kills 4 in Lebanon's Tripoli

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The gunman sows panic in the streets late Monday as Lebanon's second city prepared for the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

ATTACK. Lebanese troops are deployed in the northern port city of Tripoli after a militant attacked a security forces patrol and blew himself when confronted on June 4, 2019, on the eve of Eid el-Fitr. Photo by Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP

Iran says British Hezbollah ban 'irresponsible'

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Britain says would seek to make membership of the Shiite movement or inviting support for it a crime

LONDON RALLY. This file photo shows pro-Palestinian demonstrators with Palestinian flags, placards, and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah at a rally in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Jett Manuel, Lamar Odom shine as Mighty-PH cops Dubai bronze

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Mighty Sports-Philippines secures a podium finish after overwhelming Homenetmen Lebanon in the battle for 3rd

REDEMPTION. Mighty Sports-Philippines earns a podium-finish this time after a woeful 1-5 stint in the 2017 edition. Photo from Mighty Sports

Al Riyadi-Lebanon eliminates Mighty Sports-PH in Dubai tilt

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Mighty Sports-Philippines' blistering run falls short against six-time champion Al Riyadi-Lebanon in the knockout semifinal duel

NEEXT BEST THING. Juan Gomez de Liaño (right) and Mighty Sports try to wrap up their campaign with a third-place finish. Photo from Mighty Sports