Can Lebanon come back from the brink? | The Stream

“Lebanon’s finished.” That’s the prevailing sentiment among many residents in this nation these days, as it grapples with the worst economic crisis in its history. Today, nearly half of Lebanon’s six million people live below the poverty line. More than a third of the working population is unemployed, and the nation’s currency has lost 60 … Read more Can Lebanon come back from the brink? | The Stream

International Day of UN Peacekeepers & other topics – Daily Briefing (29 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Peacekeeping – Covid-19/Peacekeeping Missions – Climate – Honduras/COVID-19 – COVID-19/Brazil – COVID-19/Postal Sector – COVID-19/Tourism – Yemen – Security Council – Nepal – Libya – Kenya/Floods – Ethiopia – Somalia – Venezuela – Nigeria – World No Tobacco Day SECRETARY-GENERAL/PEACEKEEPING  This morning, to … Read more International Day of UN Peacekeepers & other topics – Daily Briefing (29 May 2020)

Trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon

In tonight’s edition: Fifty Nigerian women who had been traffficked into Lebanon as undocumented workers have been rescued and returned home – this according to Nigeria’s Foreign Minister. It’s the latest knock-on effect on undocumented Africans in Lebanon in the midst of an economic crisis there. Also in Nigeria how are frontline workers coping with the … Read more Trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon

Planting trend in Lebanon amid deepening financial crisis

In Lebanon, inflation is soaring and the economy is close to collapse. As the cost of bread and other basics continues to climb, some people have had to start growing their own food. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us … Read more Planting trend in Lebanon amid deepening financial crisis

Political hot potato: Ghosn saga rebounds with FBI arrest of alleged accomplices

Did Japan really truly want the FBI to proceed with arrests of two former Green Berets accused of aiding and abeting Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon? The demise of the Nissan-Renault boss has left political scars for the leaders of Japan and France. Now The Daily Beast’s Jake Edelstein & Christopher Dickey wonder if Donald … Read more Political hot potato: Ghosn saga rebounds with FBI arrest of alleged accomplices

South Sudan tribal clashes: hundreds killed and wounded in inter-communal violence

In this edition, reports say that some 300 people were killed in South Sudan in inter-communal violence. We speak to Professor Awol Allo, who sheds light on what is behind the tribal clashes. Also, the WHO and UNAIDS have expressed concern about people living with HIV in Africa, and how the distribution of medication could be disrupted due to … Read more South Sudan tribal clashes: hundreds killed and wounded in inter-communal violence

Verified initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Asia-Pacific – Deputy Secretary-General/Labour – Deputy Secretary-General/Financing for Development – Deputy Secretary-General/BBC/Diversity – Protection of Civilians Report – Verified Initiative to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation – Economic and Social Council – Security Council/Somalia – Central African Republic – Syria – Yemen – Lebanon – Bangladesh … Read more Verified initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 May 2020)

Lebanon’s banking association rejects government’s economy plan

Lebanon’s leaders are struggling to find answers to the unprecedented economic crisis. And stalled reforms are affecting its talks with the International Monetary Fund. Now Lebanon’s banking association has rejected the government’s five-year rescue plan, instead putting forward its own proposal. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut, Lebanon. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Lebanon’s banking association rejects government’s economy plan

Lebanon plunges toward mass poverty amid virus crisis

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses across the country, Lebanon’s economy was in dire straits. At the end of 2019, 45% of Lebanese were living in poverty, according to the World Bank; soon that’s estimated to become more than 75%. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese are facing hunger and homelessness on an … Read more Lebanon plunges toward mass poverty amid virus crisis

Lebanon seeks financial lifeline from IMF

Lebanon’s leaders are seeking a financial lifeline from the International Monetary Fund. Talks began on Wednesday with Lebanon seeking a multi-billion-dollar bailout to avoid bankruptcy. The United Nations coordinator in Lebanon says Lebanese negotiators are aware that blank cheques will not be handed out. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut. – Subscribe to our … Read more Lebanon seeks financial lifeline from IMF

Lebanon’s artists cheers up medical workers’ life amid Covid-19 pandemic fight

Like many other nations, Lebanon has seen its population come up with all sorts of thoughtful and creative ways to cheer up the lives of medical workers, as FRANCE 24’s team in Lebanon reports. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com … Read more Lebanon’s artists cheers up medical workers’ life amid Covid-19 pandemic fight

Lebanon start talks with IMF over financial aid without ‘guarantees of receiving any’

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) started talks with Lebanon, as the country looks for US$10 billion in aid to try to solve its worst financial crisis ever. As the country’s economic situation is set to worsen as Lebanon is back into lockdown after a new spike in Covid-19 cases, there are no guarantees that the … Read more Lebanon start talks with IMF over financial aid without ‘guarantees of receiving any’

Lebanon declares new lockdown as country start talks with IMF over financial aid

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) started talks with Lebanon, as the country looks for US$10 billion in aid to try to solve its worst financial crisis ever. The economic situation of the country was already dire before the coronavirus pandemic, but the crisis is set to worsen as Lebanon is back into lockdown after a … Read more Lebanon declares new lockdown as country start talks with IMF over financial aid