Saturday, 22 February, 2020

Anti-government protests escalate in Lebanon

Lebanese Security Forces Control Situation in Central Beirut After Clashes With Protesters Lebanon: Scores injured as riots break out in Beirut
Travis Berry | 21 January, 2020, 00:56

Worldwide coverage of the three-month old protests in Lebanon has picked up in the past two days as the violence worsened.

Sunday's confrontation escalated near parliament a day after more than 370 people were wounded in the biggest casualty toll since the protests began.

Security officers, who were injured in clashes with protesters, were attacked after being taken to hospitals, the country's interior ministry said in a statement. On Sunday, more than a 100 people were injured in downtown Beirut.

The Internal Security Forces said 142 police were injured.

Since then, the country's leaders have been dragging their feet on forming a new government.

Outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri, who stepped down on 29 October, urged political parties to "stop wasting time". More than 120 were treated in hospitals, including a protester with an eye injury, as well as members of the security forces. Workers also welded fencing together across roads leading to Parliament. The protesters also smashed bank windows, and there were reports on social media of stores being looted. The demonstrators widely blame financial institutions, alongside government corruption, for the crippling economic crisis.

Nearby soot and ashes still littered the ground where security forces burned the tents of the protesters' sit-in during the chaotic melee.

Anti-riot forces responded with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas, an AFP reporter said.

Lev Parnas Has a ‘Serious Credibility Problem — CNN’s Jake Tapper
Nunes initially denied ever speaking to Parnas, then admitted this week that he had, in fact, spoken to him on the phone. Parnas' lawyers said he had provided the documents to home investigators in response to a summons in September.

Protesters, with their faces covered, hurled stones, steel barriers and flower pots.

As rioting took place in central Beirut, thousands of other protesters arrived later from three different parts of the city to join the demonstration.

The pitched street battles lasted for almost nine hours, with both protesters and the government trading blame for the violence.

A worsening economic crisis means many can not find jobs, pay for basic goods, or even withdraw their money from banks. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

The strong-armed response by Lebanese security forces elicited worldwide condemnation.

Human Rights Watch denounced what it called "the brutal use of force unleashed by Lebanon's riot police against largely peaceful demonstrators".

As Lebanon sinks deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades, anger has boiled over at a ruling elite dominating the country since the 1975-1990 civil war.

"We will not pay the price", chanted some protestors, referencing the national debt, which now stands at $87 billion (€78 billion) or 150% of GDP. The Lebanese pound fell more than 60 percent against United States dollar over the period. The economy has seen no growth and flows of foreign currency dried up in the already heavily indebted country that relies on imports for most basic goods.

Recommended

Wuhan new-type pneumonia patient found in Japan: Already cured Wuhan new-type pneumonia patient found in Japan: Already cured However, he said that mainland doctors believed that the three men were most likely exposed to the same virus on the market. The woman was quarantined after landing in Bangkok from Wuhan , eastern China , where the outbreak began in December.

US Senate Approves New North American Trade Deal US Senate Approves New North American Trade Deal Trump and could help maintain a strong economy that has been his strongest asset heading into his re-election bid. The China deal, while limited in scope, calmed a tumultuous two-year trade war under Mr.

CDC begins ‘enhanced’ health screenings at 3 airports due to China virus CDC begins ‘enhanced’ health screenings at 3 airports due to China virus If the reported infections are confirmed, they would be the first cases of the disease in the mainland outside Wuhan . The authorities in Hong Kong, the United States, Thailand and Singapore have been screening visitors from Wuhan .

US to begin screening travelers from central China for deadly virus US  to begin screening travelers from central China for deadly virus Thailand reported a second case of pneumonia on Thursday , a 74-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who has been quarantined. Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16 , 2020.

We shot down Ukrainian plane to defend Iran's security - Ayatollah We shot down Ukrainian plane to defend Iran's security - Ayatollah The U.S. refusal to extradite the Shah back to Iran resulted in the captured U.S. embassy staff being held for 444 days. Khamenei has always been skeptical of the nuclear deal, arguing that the United States can not be trusted.

Manchester United scrap Middle East training camp due to security fears Manchester United scrap Middle East training camp due to security fears Only United have taken points off Liverpool this season, drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford in October when Rashford scored. He struggled a little bit with his back and got another knock.

Google Play Store will no longer show notifications for updated apps Google Play Store will no longer show notifications for updated apps Google has provided this helpful guide on how to set up one's phone's built-in security key and use it. Smart Lock is a form of two-factor authentication.

Chemical blast in Catalonia kills one and injures six Chemical blast in Catalonia kills one and injures six The coastal city of Tarragona, with its 800,000 residents, is located some 115 kilometers (71 miles) southwest of Barcelona. Interior department chief Miquel Buch tweeted that the fire was not toxic but he advised residents to remain inside.

Israeli army denies involvement in killing of Qassem Soleimani - Middle East matters Israeli army denies involvement in killing of Qassem Soleimani - Middle East matters The strike came after the USA embassy in Baghdad was breached by a group of protesters who back pro-Iran Shia militia. Last week, Iran admitted that one of its soldiers had targeted the plane with missiles and shot it down.

Moran signs onto proposal on dismissing impeachment articles Moran signs onto proposal on dismissing impeachment articles Now, the Senate, where the Republicans are in majority, needs to put Trump on trial before he can be removed from the White House. Others have raised the alarm about the alternative foreign policy towards Ukraine led by Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Taskmaster Probably A Female In 'Black Widow' Taskmaster Probably A Female In 'Black Widow' Scarlett Johansson , Kevin Feige and director Cate Shortland discuss the character's journey throughout the MCU's 10-year run. In order to complete her mission, she needs more allies, and winds up enlisting the help of Alexei Shostakov a.k.a.

Titans to face Chiefs in AFC Championship Game: Date, time, channel Titans to face Chiefs in AFC Championship Game: Date, time, channel The Niners will host the NFC championship game next week against the victor of Sunday's game between Seattle and Green Bay. San Francisco will host Green Bay after the Packers held on to edge undermanned Seattle 28-23 at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

U.S. 'outraged' by latest attack on Iraqi base U.S.  'outraged' by latest attack on Iraqi base At least four Iraqi soldiers were wounded Sunday in an attack on the Balad air base in northern Iraq, according to Reuters . Abdul-Mahdi resigned a year ago but has continued to preside over the government in an acting capacity.

Tottenham Offered Chance to Hijack Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes Move Tottenham Offered Chance to Hijack Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes Move Manchester United were the most heavily linked suitors, but a summer move eventually failed to materialise. It has been claimed that Manchester United's current offer is around €60m and another €10m in bonuses.

Rare type of flu particularly affecting children Rare type of flu particularly affecting children Health Urgent Care says out of 20 recent patients they've seen seven had the flu, majority Type B. She says early indications in B.C. point to a less severe flu season.