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Lebanese Banks Swallow At Least $250m In U.N. Aid

Lebanese Banks Swallow At Least $250m In U.N. Aid

At least $250 million in U.N. humanitarian aid intended for refugees and poor communities in Lebanon has been lost to banks selling the local currency at highly unfavourable rates, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found. The losses – described in an internal United Nations document as “staggering” and confirmed by multiple sources – come […]

‘Test Case’ For Lebanon’s New Sexual Harassment Law

‘Test Case’ For Lebanon’s New Sexual Harassment Law

When Tracy Younes went public with accusations of sexual harassment by a local film director, the Lebanese actress said she spoke out “so people like him know their limits”. Within days, more than a dozen women had got in touch to recount similar experiences with the same man – including late-night texts and offers of […]

No More COVID Jabs In Parliament, Says Lebanon’s Deputy Speaker After Scandal

No More COVID Jabs In Parliament, Says Lebanon’s Deputy Speaker After Scandal

Lawmakers will get their COVID-19 vaccinations in hospital like everyone else from now on, the deputy speaker of Lebanon’s parliament said on Friday following a scandal over MPs receiving early jabs in the legislature. About a dozen parliamentarians were vaccinated last month despite not being in a top priority group – sparking outrage in a country reeling […]

Elderly Lebanese Man Will Get COVID Jab ‘Sooner or Later’, Health Ministry says

Elderly Lebanese Man Will Get COVID Jab ‘Sooner or Later’, Health Ministry says

Lebanon’s health ministry on Thursday rejected a court order for it to swiftly vaccinate an elderly man against COVID-19, accusing the judge of trying to score points in the media following a scandal over queue-jumping by lawmakers. Wednesday’s court order followed a complaint by 80-year-old Joseph al-Hajj, who filed suit after about a dozen members of […]

Lebanese Offer Spare Beds To Beirut Blast Victims

Lebanese Offer Spare Beds To Beirut Blast Victims

Using social media, hundreds of Lebanese have offered shelter to strangers displaced by a devastating blast, which Beirut’s governor said may have left 250,000 people homeless. Tuesday evening’s explosion in port warehouses storing explosive material was the most powerful ever to rip through the capital, killing some 110 people, injuring about 4,000 and tearing the […]

Ammonium Nitrate Stored In A Warehouse Linked To Catastrophic Beirut Explosion

Ammonium Nitrate Stored In A Warehouse Linked To Catastrophic Beirut Explosion

A warehouse storing thousands of tons of unsecured highly explosive material has emerged as a possible source of the massive blast that ripped through the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, injuring 4,000 and sending a shock wave across the city that damaged buildings and blew out windows up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) away. Lebanon’s […]

FG Rescues 23-Year-Old Nigerian Lady Trafficked To Lebanon

FG Rescues 23-Year-Old Nigerian Lady Trafficked To Lebanon

A Nigerian woman trafficked to Lebanon, Omolola Ajayi, has been rescued and now in the custody of the Nigerian Embassy in Beirut. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, in a WhatsApp message yesterday, said Ms Ajayi would return to Nigeria soon. “Update on the viral video of a trafficked Nigerian girl in Lebanon. She is now […]

Syrian Recyclers Help Tackle Lebanon Garbage Crisis

Syrian Recyclers Help Tackle Lebanon Garbage Crisis

Standing over a waste-filled garbage cart, Gharam, 36, sifts through plastic bottles and cardboard boxes at a recycling centre in Ouzai, on the outskirts of Beirut. Gharam is one of six Syrian refugee women who were offered their first-ever paid job at Recycle Beirut, a year-old Lebanese recycling project that aims to contribute to solving the […]