Lebanese PM gives gov’t 72-hour ultimatum as riots bring country to standstill

Lebanese demonstrators stand by a fire a make-shift barricade amid clashes with security forces during a mass protest at Riad al-Solh Square in Beirut on October 18, 2019. (STR/AFP)

Sparked by austerity plans and proposed tax on WhatsApp, anti-government protests escalate, spread to Hezbollah areas; 83 demonstrators and police injured

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Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension

This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world’s largest exporter of oil. (Planet Labs Inc via AP)

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Nonprofits turn to cryptocurrency to help needy Venezuelans

In this April 11, 2019 photo, Bertha Dun shows medicine bought with cryptocurrency through online transfers, in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Venezuela’s political and economic crisis has now made it a prime testing ground using cryptocurrency to finance social projects or send relief directly to people living in poverty. (AP Photo/Manuel Rueda)

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Eiffel Tower, Paris shops to close as fears of protest violence mount

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask makes the ‘Victory’ sign during a protest of the Yellow Vests against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018, in Paris. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)

89,000 police officers deployed across France as authorities gird for ‘significant violence’ on Saturday in ongoing anti-government demonstrations

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UN: Losses from natural disasters surge over last 20 years

A young man stands near a boat swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Central Sulawesi province on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mudslides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands of others. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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