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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