Some of the tens of thousands of seeds stored at a facility in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley may hold keys to helping the planet's food supply adapt to climate change. Many seeds were saved from Syria's war.
Lebanon's banks froze accounts three years ago amid an economic collapse. Now, under increasingly desperate circumstances, people are resorting to extreme measures to access their savings accounts.
Several crises in the country — including political instability, COVID and financial collapse — have created deteriorating conditions that have allowed the bacteria to spread.
After a decade of negotiations, this week's agreement resolves questions of who gets to drill for natural gas in disputed waters off the Mediterranean coast. But its implementation isn't a sure thing.
The incident was deadliest so far as a surging number of Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinians have been trying to flee crisis-hit Lebanon by sea for a better future in Europe.
She broke into a bank branch, taking $13,000 from her trapped savings amid strict limits on withdrawals set by Lebanese banks. She said she needed the money to fund her sister's cancer treatment.
Many in Lebanon can't access their life savings because of the economic crisis. A hostage-taker in Beirut surrendered in exchange for some of his funds, which he needed for his father's medical bills.
The Israeli military on Saturday said it shot down three unmanned aircraft launched by Lebanese militant group Hezbollah moving near an Israeli gas platform in the Mediterranean Sea.
Hospitals are running out of medicines. Staff members are leaving. And some parents will even leave a newborn stranded in the intensive care unit if they can't afford the fees for additional care.
Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and its allies lost their parliamentary majority, final elections results showed Tuesday, while more than a dozen independent newcomers gained seats.
Lebanese voted for a new parliament Sunday against the backdrop of an economic meltdown that is transforming the country.
The stoppage of two major power plants leaves generators as the country's only power source, endangering hospital patients and the water supply. Officials expect the outages to last for several days.
"If we didn't lead this fight, nobody would," says a Beirut resident whose 3-year-old daughter was among the 217 killed in the blast. An official investigation has stalled. No one has been prosecuted.
Some of the country's last beaches spared from development are now carpeted in globs of tar from an oil spill in the Mediterranean, damaging beaches that are nesting grounds for endangered turtles.
Arab and U.S. liberals differ on how to handle Iran and its proxies, writes Firas Maksad. He says reactions to the killing of his friend Lokman Slim, a critic of Hezbollah, are a case in point.