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After Jerusalem, West Bank; anti-Trump protests flare in Beirut

JERUSALEM: After anti-Trump protests waned in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Sunday the protests flared near the US embassy in Beirut over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday had largely died down, but his overturning of long-standing US policy on Jerusalem -- a city holy Muslims -- drew more Arab warnings of potential damage to prospects for Middle East peace.…

Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as PM

BEIRUT: Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis. Hariri’s sudden resignation on Nov. 4 thrust Lebanon to the forefront of regional tussle between the Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Islamist Iran, whose powerful Lebanese ally Hezbollah is part of the government. Hariri was greeted by members of the security forces as he disembarked from a jet at Beirut airport,…

Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut

BEIRUT: Lebanon launched a bike-sharing programme in its capital, Beirut, on Sunday, hoping to cut down on its notorious traffic and pollution. The scheme aims to eventually allow users to rent and return bicycles at 25 automated stations distributed across the city. For now, a single station is operating in central Beirut, with limited cyclist lanes available to those looking to beat the traffic. Prime Minister Saad Hariri officially inaugurated the scheme, participating in a bike ride and pledging to organise…