Angry Lebanese protesters set fire to shops in Beirut | AFP

Angry protesters set fire to shops in Beirut a few hours after Lebanon’s government pledged to inject dollars into the market amid demonstration triggered by the currency plumbing new black market lows and the worst recession in decades. IMAGES

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Lebanon nurse reunites with family after months on virus frontline | AFP

A registered nurse at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Ali Awerke has spent nearly two months away from his wife and two children since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Lebanon, keeping a safe distance while working long hours at the coronavirus Emergency Room. But after weeks apart, the 34-year-old takes the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as a chance to reunite with his family — but not before testing himself for the disease first.

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Lebanon nurse reunites with family after months on virus frontline | AFP

A registered nurse at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Ali Awerke has spent nearly two months away from his wife and two children since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Lebanon, keeping a safe distance while working long hours at the coronavirus Emergency Room. But after weeks apart, the 34-year-old takes the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as a chance to reunite with his family — but not before testing himself for the disease first.

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What’s it like to be a health worker fighting COVID-19? | AFP

They have been hailed as the heroes of the pandemic, working flat out to stave off the worst effects of the virus. Doctors and nurses around the world gave AFP access to their hospitals and homes — in São Paulo, Paris, Beirut and Daegu. They tell us about their lives, their worries and what keeps them going during the crisis, as they go about their life-saving jobs.

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Lebanese protesters back on streets as economic woes deepen | AFP

Hundreds of Lebanese protesters in Beirut clash with security forces at night and shut down streets as anger over a spiralling economic crisis revives a months-old anti-government protest, despite a coronavirus lockdown. Earlier in the day, protesters chant in front of security forces, but clashes ensued as protesters move towards Lebanon’s Central Bank in the evening.

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Lebanese applaud coronavirus-battling health workers from balconies | AFP

Cheering erupts from balconies and windows in Beirut as residents stand in solidarity with healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, March 29th: Death toll in Italy continues to climb; Hospital in Spain sanitized; Pope calls for world cease-fire amid pandemic; Tribute paid to doctors and nurses in Beirut. (March 29)

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Hundreds of protesters gathered near the US Embassy in Beirut against a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US plan heavily favored Israel, granting Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank. (Feb. 2)

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Lebanon protesters rally as parliament holds budget talks (2) | AFP

Protesters in Lebanon rally and scuffle with security forces near the parliament in Beirut as lawmakers meet to vote on the 2020 state budget. The country is suffering its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

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Lebanese security forces use water cannon to disperse protesters in Beirut | AFP

Lebanese security forces use a water cannon to try to disperse anti-government protesters gathered near government headquarters at the Grand Serail, in downtown Beirut, to mark 100 days of anti-government demonstrations and denounce a new cabinet line-up. IMAGES

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Renewed night clashes break out outside Lebanese parliament | AFP

Renewed night clashes break out near the Lebanese parliament in downtown Beirut between protesters hurling stones and fire crackers and police firing water canons and tear gas canisters. IMAGES

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