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Beirut Braces for More Violence, after Night of Riots

Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat ordered Sunday the release of 34 people detained in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters that wounded hundreds in the capital.

It was the worst violence since the unrest erupted three months ago.

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Israel Building Underground Defense System on Lebanon Border

Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels.

The infrastructure project will identify underground acoustic and seismic activity indicating tunnel digging, accompanied other defensive measures, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman.

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Human Rights Watch Slams ISF's 'Brutal Use of Force'

Human Rights Watch has described the Internal Security Forces’ response to the central Beirut demo which turned violent on Saturday as "brutal," calling for an urgent end to what it called a "culture of impunity" for police abuse.

"There was no justification for the brutal use of force unleashed by Lebanon's riot police against largely peaceful demonstrators in downtown Beirut," said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at HRW.

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How Trump's Impeachment Differs from a Criminal Trial

Yes, it's a trial — but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV.

In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury. The Republicans who control the chamber can forge their own rules if they have enough votes. And the presiding judge is the top one in America, yet can be decisively overruled.

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Hizbullah Warns of 'Chaos' if Government Delayed

A senior Hizbullah official warned Friday that Lebanon could fall into chaos and "complete collapse" unless a new government is formed.

Sheikh Ali Daamoush's comments came amid more bickering between politicians on the formation of a new Cabinet amid a crippling financial crisis and ongoing mass protests against the country's ruling elite.

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Ghosn Lawyers Rebut New Nissan Claims against Fugitive Exec

The legal team of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn issued a statement Friday refuting the latest allegations by the Japanese automaker against the fugitive businessman.

Nissan Motor Co. on Thursday filed a new set of allegations to the Tokyo Stock Exchange against Ghosn, who skipped bail and fled to Lebanon, saying he could not get a fair trial in Japan.

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Lebanese Protesters Stage Peaceful Demos

Hundreds of anti-government protesters gathered outside the central bank in Hamra on Thursday evening and then marched in a procession through Beirut to the parliament building in the city’s center, where they called for an independent and immediate government.

The protesters then joined others who had blocked the Ring flyover, one of the main highways in Beirut.

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Trump Impeachment Trial Begins at U.S. Senate

The U.S. Congress opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Thursday, with House Democrats reading the formal charges from the well of the U.S. Senate ahead of the swearing in of all 100 senators as jurors for only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

"Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!" said the Senate's sergeant at arms, calling the proceedings to order.

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Lebanese Protesters Decry Security Forces' Use of Violence

Lebanese protesters Thursday decried security forces' use of violence during rallies over the past two days, including attacks on journalists and the detention of over 100 people.

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Senate Takes over Trump's Impeachment after House Handoff

In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history.

Trump complained anew Wednesday that it was all a "hoax," even as fresh details emerged about his efforts in Ukraine.

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