Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a conference at Chatham House in central London on December 13, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

  • Lebanon’s political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighboring Syria and other issues
  • Sunday’s protests in Beirut were organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis

BEIRUT: Hundreds of Lebanese have taken to the streets to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections.
Sunday’s protests in Beirut were organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis.
Wearing red scarves and raising red flags, protesters complained about corruption, poor public services and spiraling public debt that is more than 150 percent of GDP.
One banner reads: “Off to the streets: enough talk. ” Protester Osama Assad said failure to form the government only “doubles the risks.” Hanna Gharib, of the Communist Party, said the protests would escalate.
Lebanon’s political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighboring Syria and other issues.


Two explosions hit Yemeni capital Sanaa

Updated 23 January 2019
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Two explosions hit Yemeni capital Sanaa

  • The operation targeted missiles and weapons cache
  • There were no immediate reports of casualties

CAIRO: Two explosions hit south of Yemen’s Houthi-held capital, Sanaa, early on Wednesday, with one of them being an operation that targeted missiles and weapons cache, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.