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Lebanon's new PM pledges to stabilize economic meltdown

Lebanon's new Prime Minister Najib Mikati pledged Friday to gain control of one of the world's worst economic meltdowns, saying lifting subsidies would be critical for the small country's government formed after a year of political stalemate. Holding back tears, Mikati, one of the richest...

Lebanon to start paying cash aid to poor families next month

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s government said Thursday it will start paying cash assistance next month to hundreds of thousands of poor families – in U.S. dollars – as the small nation sinks deeper into its economic crisis. Some 500,000 families will start receiving $20 a month for every...

Israeli police launch manhunt after 6 prisoners break out

Israeli forces on Monday launched a massive manhunt in northern Israel and the occupied West Bank after six Palestinian prisoners escaped overnight from a high-security facility in an extremely rare breakout. Officials said they have erected roadblocks and are conducting patrols in the area....

Turkey says it 'neutralized' 18,500 militants over 6 years

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has “neutralized” nearly 18,500 people that it calls “terrorists” over the past six years, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. Since the start of this year, that figure was 1,865, spokesperson Maj. Pinar Kara told journalists in Ankara. The ministry uses the...