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Protests amid Lebanon lockdown leave 1 dead, 220 injured

Protests amid Lebanon lockdown leave 1 dead, 220 injured

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Lebanon's state news agency says violent confrontations between protesters and security forces in northern Lebanon have left a 30-year-old man dead and more than 220 people injuredBy FADI TAWIL Associated PressJanuary 28, 2021, 9:48 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTRIPOLI, Lebanon -- Violent confrontations between protesters and security forces in northern Lebanon left a 30-year-old man dead and more than 220 people injured, the state news agency said Thursday.The clashes took place after frustrations boiled over amid deteriorating living conditions and strict coronavirus lockdown measures.The violence in Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city and the most impoverished, marked a serious escalation in protests that began Monday and continued for three straig...
Hezbollah faces a new reality in Lebanon and the region

Hezbollah faces a new reality in Lebanon and the region

World
BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Challenged by a dramatic economic deterioration and an uprising that has shaken the ruling class amid a trend toward normalizing Israeli-Arab relations, Hezbollah is facing a new reality as the most powerful party in Lebanon. The Iran-backed militant group, founded after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, has over the years created "a state within a state" with a growing arsenal, social services networks and businesses generating income to fund its activities. It grew in power when it engaged in the Syria war alongside President Bashar al-Assad in 2012 and got involved in military activities in Iraq and Yemen. Advertisement The 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the subsequent withdrawal of the Syrian troops months later,...
Beirut explosion: ‘No signs of life’ after hopes raised in rubble of Lebanon

Beirut explosion: ‘No signs of life’ after hopes raised in rubble of Lebanon

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No signs of life have been found in the rubble of a building in Beirut, despite earlier hopes that a survivor could be found.The search began on Thursday afternoon after a sniffer dog detected something in the Gemmayze area of the Lebanese capital. Audio detection equipment had detected a pulse of 18 to 19 beats per minute, sparking hope someone could be alive. Lebanese engineer Riyad al Asaad says all 3 ceilings & the stairwell are cleared and all that’s left is to clear rubble on the pavement but have not found any body. Expects to clear everything tonight or tomorrow morning. #Beirut pic.twitter.com/66hXC1xKjE— Zein Ja'far (@skyzein) September 5, 2020 However, on Friday morning, it was reported that the signal had decreased to seven.Rescue...
Lebanon faces grave threat to stability as poverty mounts

Lebanon faces grave threat to stability as poverty mounts

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TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- Living in a slum built precariously on the banks of a sewage-tainted river in Lebanon, Faiqqa Homsi feels her family being pushed closer and closer to the edge. A mother of five, she was already struggling, relying on donations to care for a baby daughter with cancer. The coronavirus shutdown cost her husband his meager income driving a school bus. She hoped to earn some change selling carrot juice after a charity gave her a juicer. But as Lebanon’s currency collapsed, carrots became too expensive. “It is all closing in our face,” Homsi said. Lebanese are growing more desperate as jobs disappear and their money’s value evaporates in a terrifying confluence of events. An unprecedented economic crisis, nationwide protests and coronavirus pose the biggest threat to stab...
Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s ex-head, flees Japan to Lebanon

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s ex-head, flees Japan to Lebanon

Business
Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has travelled to Lebanon after fleeing Japan, where he faces a trial over allegations of financial misconduct.In a statement, Mr Ghosn said he had not fled justice but "escaped injustice and political persecution".His lawyer said he was "dumbfounded" by the news and that he had not recently spoken with his client.It is unclear how the former chief executive officer managed to leave, as he was barred from travelling abroad.Mr Ghosn, who has an estimated net worth of $ 120m (£91m), was one of the most powerful figures in the global car industry until his arrest in November 2018. He denies any wrongdoing.His case has attracted global attention and his months-long detention led to increased scrutiny of...