Lebanon is a state in western Asia; its capital is Beirut. It has significant cultural influence. Lebanon’s economy is based on tourism and banking. This was dramatically affected, however, by instability in the Arab world.
The United Arab Emirates and Jordan have condemned the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, and called on all parties to avoid taking actions that could escalate tensions in the region.
A largescale manhunt is underway in Lebanon as dozens of inmates managed to escape from a prison facility. Some of the fugitives have already been captured or surrendered, while five died after crashing a stolen car into a tree.
Prominent Lebanese Christian politician Gebran Bassil has condemned the personal sanctions the US Treasury imposed on him, calling them “unjust and politicized” retribution for his refusal to cut ties with the Hezbollah movement.
Former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has been tasked with forming a new government, a year after his cabinet was toppled amid mass protests, and months after his successor's government resigned after a deadly explosion in Beirut port.