AUB admits to violating U.S. sanctions, but denies it did so intentionally or recklessly. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The American University of Beirut agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil lawsuit after being accused of assisting three organizations linked to Hezbollah, U.S. federal prosecutors said Thursday.The university also agreed to revise its policies as part of its deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, the statement added.AUB receives funding from the U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).For its part, AUB said it reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department concerning certifications made by AUB in connection with grant applications submitted to the USAID to support student scholarships.Federal prosecutors said the university used its website to connect students with Jihad al-Binaa, another organization that the U.S. Treasury Department has said is linked to Hezbollah.
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