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Lebanese Minister Banned from U.S. Over Donation

Lebanon’s finance minister said Sunday he had been banned from entering the United States for donating some $650 to an Islamic charity three years ago. “I was verbally informed of the travel ban a few weeks ago,” Fouad Siniora said by telephone. “I was absolutely shocked that a superpower could take such a decision.” Siniora said the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Vincent Battle, had told him he was not welcome in the United States after making a donation at a dinner sponsored by the Lebanese Al-Mabarrat Charity Association. The charity is headed by the influential Shi’ite Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, former spiritual guide to the Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist organization. Full Story

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