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World First death reported in Lebanon's protests

00:50  13 november  2019
00:50  13 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

As Iraq and Lebanon protests flare, Iran clings to hard-earned sway

  As Iraq and Lebanon protests flare, Iran clings to hard-earned sway Iran has worked to turn sweeping anti-government protests in Iraq from a threat to its hard-earned influence over its neighbour into an opportunity for political gains, analysts say. In Lebanon too, where similar rallies against corruption and government inefficiency have broken out, Iran's main ally Hezbollah has managed to maintain its influence. "Very clearly, Iran in both Lebanon and Iraq wants to protect the system and not allow it to fall apart," said Renad Mansour, researcher at London-based Chatham House.In both countries "it considers the demands of protesters potentially destabilising," he told AFP.

The 2006–2008 Lebanese protests were a series of political protests and sit-ins in Lebanon that began on 1 December 2006, led by groups that opposed the US and Saudi-backed government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and ended on 21 May 2008 with the signing of the Doha Agreement.

Lebanon is in a state of 'economic emergency,' and one of the world' s most indebted countries. The Lebanese government on Friday scrapped a a The move came after thousands of protesters took to the streets in anger at the state' s handling of economic policies and the tax on calls made through the

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on nationwide protests in Lebanon (all times local):

A student protester holds a placard as she chants slogans against the Lebanese government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Protesters in Lebanon resumed demonstrations on Tuesday blocking some roads and governmental institutions. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) © Provided by The Associated Press A student protester holds a placard as she chants slogans against the Lebanese government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Protesters in Lebanon resumed demonstrations on Tuesday blocking some roads and governmental institutions. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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The newspaper of a Lebanese political party says a local official was shot dead in south Beirut during anti-government protests, marking the first death during nationwide protests that began Oct. 17.

The newspaper Al-Anbaa of the Progressive Socialist Party of Druze leader Walid Joumblatt says the PSP official was killed Tuesday night in the southern Beirut suburb of Khaldeh.

Media reports say the man was shot by a driver who tried to drive despite road blockades.

Protesters had poured into the streets Tuesday night across Lebanon after President Michel Aoun said in a televised interview that the formation of a new government might be delayed.

Iran shuts down nearly all internet access in response to fuel protests .
Iran is trying an all-too-familiar tactic to hinder protests: cut the lines of communication. The Iranian government has shut down nearly all internet access in the country amidst mounting protests that began over a 50 percent hike in fuel prices and now encompass wider dissent. There are pockets of access that have let people show what's happening on the ground, but they're rare. Phone calls abroad still work, but those are also closely monitored.The government hasn't formally acknowledged the internet shutdown.

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