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Recent articles by Timour:

'No money left': Lebanese telcos close to meltdown as cable thieves thrive

Lebanon's telecom duopoly, once cash cows for the state, used to allocate most of their spending on wages, rent and infrastructure. → Read More

Lebanese judge imposes travel ban on central bank governor amid probe

A Lebanese judge said on Tuesday she had imposed a travel ban on central bank governor Riad Salameh, who is at the centre of investigations into alleged fraud and other misconduct launched after Lebanon was plunged into a deep financial crisis. → Read More

Hezbollah's criticism of Saudi not in Lebanon's interest

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday said criticism of Saudi Arabia by the leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group did not serve the national interest or represent the country's official stance. → Read More

Lebanon has yet to give IMF figure for financial losses, central bank governor says

Lebanon has yet to give the IMF its estimate of losses in the financial system as discussions on the issue continue, but is working hard to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Fund by year-end, governor Riad Salameh told Reuters on Tuesday. → Read More

Lebanese government in ‘fantasy land’ amid crisis, UN envoy says

Lebanese government officials have no sense of urgency and are not taking responsibility for an economic crisis that has "brutally impoverished" the population, an independent United Nations envoy told Reuters in an interview. → Read More

Like the Titanic - Lebanon's orchestra keeps playing as country sinks

As Lebanon's national orchestra prepared for its season-opening concert with half its musicians absent, conductor Lubnan Baalbaki faced a dilemma - attempt a piece made for a full ensemble or prepare a smaller version. → Read More

Lebanon says government can't afford to resign as Saudi rift widens

Lebanon's government cannot afford to resign over a growing diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and some Gulf states, a member of a Lebanese crisis group of ministers said on Saturday following a near three-hour meeting over the widening rift. → Read More

U.S. sanctions two Lebanese businessmen and a member of parliament

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two top Lebanese contractors and a lawmaker close to the Hezbollah movement over alleged large-scale corruption that undermined the rule of law in Lebanon. → Read More

Beirut Blast: Vulnerable Residents Struggle to Rebuild 1 Year After the Explosion

A year after the Beirut port explosion that killed more than 200 people, marginalized populations struggle to recover due to a lack of government support and coordination. → Read More

Tough times for Lebanon’s biggest optimist

Lebanon’s demise has turned food blogger Anthony Rahayel into an unlikely protagonist in the fight for its future. → Read More

Lebanon: Funeral held for demonstrator killed in Tripoli protests

More than 220 people also wounded, several of those when security forces opened fire at a group in Al Nour Square. → Read More

Lebanon central bank chief says he’ll comply with Swiss probe

Salameh said he would face questioning in Switzerland as part of a money-laundering probe, a source tells Al Jazeera. → Read More

Lebanon extends lockdown until February 8 as COVID deaths soar

Meanwhile, a top health official has announced plans for a roll-out of vaccinations in the crisis-hit country. → Read More

Syrian businessmen linked to firm that bought Beirut explosives

One of the businessmen had previously been accused of trying to procure ammonium nitrate for the Syrian government. → Read More

‘Very anxious’: Lebanon’s ICU doctors fear unfolding COVID surge

Front-line doctors say emergency departments are overwhelmed as cases spike following holiday easing of restrictions. → Read More

A small firm’s survival story may be Lebanon’s 2020 silver lining

Economic collapse, COVID and a port explosion tested Styro 3D, but its path out of crises could signal a broader trend. → Read More

Lebanon passes landmark sexual harassment law

New law to send perpetrators to up to four years in jail, with parliamentarians also amending a domestic violence law. → Read More

Lebanon court sentences singer Fadel Shaker to 22 years in prison

The Lebanese pop star turned hardliner was sentenced in absentia for providing support to a ‘terrorist’ group. → Read More

Lebanon’s top university hikes tuition 160 percent, citing crisis

American University of Beirut announces massive tuition increase, a move tied to Lebanon’s spiraling economic collapse. → Read More

Intelligence probe into Beirut explosion lays out liabilities

Report on the causes of August 4 disaster has laid out responsibilities of various officials and security agencies. → Read More