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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Lebanese from across country gather in memory of slain protester | AFP

Protesters from across Lebanon gather for a demonstration outside the home of killed protester Fawwaz al-Samman, who died after he was shot during riots in late April, in the northern port city of Tripoli. Lebanon is in the thick of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. A lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic has only added to the heavily indebted country’s economic woes, which include soaring inflation, a liquidity crunch, plummeting currency and a first sovereign debt default.

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Violent night clashes erupt in Lebanon’s Tripoli as economy crumbles | AFP

Violent night clashes erupt between Lebanese soldiers and protesters in the northen city of Tripoli as anger over a spiralling economic crisis re-energised a months-old anti-government movement despite a coronavirus lockdown. IMAGES

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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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Clashes as hundreds protest in Lebanon over ailing economy | AFP

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli late Monday over a deteriorating economy, triggering clashes with security forces despite a coronavirus lockdown. IMAGES

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Today in History for April 18th

Highlights of this day in history: The San Francisco earthquake; What becomes known as ‘Paul Revere’s ride’; A suicide bomb hits the U.S. embassy in Lebanon; Physicist Albert Einstein dies; Wayne Gretzky plays his last NHL game. (April 18)

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Flares launched by Israeli army light up Lebanon border | AFP

The night sky of the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun lights up as the Israeli army launches flares, days after an Israeli drone targeted a car of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement just inside Syria near the border with Lebanon.

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Flying roses: Drone fetes Lebanon mothers despite coronavirus | AFP

Operating the drone down in the street, 18-year-old Christopher Ibrahim delivers roses to women on Mother’s Day in the Lebanese coastal city of Jounieh under lockdown over the novel coronavirus.

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Trump announces US citizen freed from Lebanon

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Amer Fakhoury, a 57-year-old U.S. citizen who had faced decades-old murder and torture charges in Lebanon, has been freed and is on his way home. (March 19)

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Panic-buying reaches Lebanon | AFP

Lebanese shoppers rush to supermarkets to stock up on groceries and cleaning products after authorities announced the nation’s second death from the coronavirus pandemic in two days.

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Lebanese take to the streets to protest against the government, wearing protection masks | AFP

Lebanese demonstrators take to the streets to protest against the government, marching towards the Ministry of Finance and Parliament. Many wore protective masks after Lebanon confirmed a third coronavirus case.

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Lebanon parliament backs new govt in confidence vote | AFP

Lebanon’s parliament backs the government line-up and programme of incoming Prime Minister Hassan Diab in a confidence vote held despite attempts by protesters to block it. IMAGES

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Street clashes as Lebanon parliament meets to vote on new cabinet | AFP

Lebanon’s parliament met Tuesday for a confidence vote on a new government as protesters clashed outside with security forces who used teargas and water cannon to disperse them.

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Dozens in Lebanon protest Trump’s Middle East plan | AFP

Dozens protest near the US embassy in Lebanon against US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan. The demonstrators, both Palestinian refugees and Lebanese, chanted slogans and flew flags as security forces blocked off a road to the diplomatic compound.

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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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Lebanon’s new ‘Technocratic’ government poses for first group photo | AFP

Ministers of Lebanon’s newly-unveiled ‘Technocratic’ government pose for their first group photo with the President Michel Aoun in the Presidential Palace in Baabda. IMAGES

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