Lebanese Christians in Beirut voice sadness and dismay after a fire tore through Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and led the spire and much of the vaulted roof to collapse.
Several houses in the southern suburbs of Beirut have been ravaged by a winter storm battering Lebanon in recent days, washing away dozens of fishing boats.
Hundreds of Lebanese take to the streets in Beirut to protest rampant corruption and poor living conditions, with some wearing yellow vests in reference to the protest movement in France, as anger mounts over political deadlock that has left the country without a government since May.
Advertising posters featuring Carlos Ghosn appear in the streets of Beirut under the slogan “We are all Carlos Ghosn”. Nissan’s former CEO, who has been in police custody in Japan since November 19th, remains a prominent figure in the business world in Lebanon, where he spent his youth and is a national.
There are fireworks, carols and plenty of festive spirit as officials in downtown Beirut turn on Lebanon’s Christmas lights.
Models grace the catwalk in Beirut wearing the creations of thirteen Lebanese designers and thirteen pastry chefs who have joined forces to create dresses made with chocolate, at the 5th “Salon du Chocolat” (chocolate fair) organised in the Lebanese capital.
Rawad Kurdi is among several thousand Syrians making an emotional journey home from Lebanon, where they sought safety from the war that has ravaged their native country since 2011. Worn down by tough economic conditions in Lebanon and seeing regime victories back home as bringing stability, they have taken advantage of return trips coordinated by Lebanese and Syrian authorities.
A float morphing Donald Trump with an armored tank and various pop portraits of international leaders, made by an anonymous artists calling himself Saint Hoax, are exhibited in a famous building in ruins dating back to the Lebanese civil war in downtown Beirut.
A Russian Lebanese Cultural Center opens in the town of Aley, on the outskirts of Beirut, giving Russian and ballet classes to children in an attempt to develop Russian roots in Lebanon.
Activists gathered in downtown Beirut protest against a recent wave of interrogations by Lebanese security forces of people making political comments on social media.