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Technology Lebanon reportedly drops planned WhatsApps tax as protests sweep the country

19:55  18 october  2019
19:55  18 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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24-year-old from Lebanon accused of strangling man then fleeing Police arrested and charged a Lebanon man Wednesday after he allegedly strangled another man and then fled from authorities earlier this week. According to Maine State Police, troopers responded to a home in Lebanon around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26 to reports of an assault. As soon as they arrived, police say they learned that Sumner Knowles, 24, of Lebanon had reportedly strangled another man. Knowles had taken off before troopers arrived, but a warrant was issued for aggravated assault. On August 28 around 10 a.m., police say they spoke with Knowles on the phone.

Lebanon has reportedly withdrawn plans to impose a tax on WhatsApp calls as protests across the country continued on Friday. Demonstrators blocked major roads and in some cases set fire to buildings during nationwide protests over the government's handling of an economic crisis and accusations of corruption, reported CBS News.

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Lebanese protesters block a main road near Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport on Oct. 18, 2019. Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Lebanese protesters block a main road near Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport on Oct. 18, 2019. Getty Images a steam engine train with smoke coming out of it: Lebanese protesters block a main road near Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport on Oct. 18, 2019.© CNET

Lebanese protesters block a main road near Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport on Oct. 18, 2019.

The protests were reportedly triggered on Thursday by news that the government planned to impose a daily charge of 20 cents on apps that use VoIP, or "voice over Internet Protocol," to make calls, such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber. The government reversed the plan hours later as people took to the streets, according to the BBC.

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Lebanon government officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Editors' note: CNET is owned by CBS.

Lebanon 'days' away from economic collapse if no solution to protests found, central bank governor says .
Lebanon is on the verge of economic collapse unless an "immediate solution" can be found to end days of nationwide protests that have paralyzed the country, Central Bank Governor Riad Salame told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday. © Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - Lebanese demonstrators wave national flags as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. - Thousands continued to rally despite calls for calm from politicians and dozens of arrests.

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