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The latest estimates reflected the push and pull of many factors resulting from the pandemic, and the full impact may take years to resolve. The deep but relatively short recession reduced payroll tax revenue. But the death toll from COVID-19, concentrated among the elderly, has reduced future social security benefit payments. Hospitals have been stressed …

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank’s electronic board showing the Hong Kong Stock Index in Hong Kong on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Asian stocks were mostly down in muted trading on Tuesday, in due to lingering concerns about the increase in cases of COVID-19 infections in the region, despite continued efforts …

5 minutes to readAugust 31 Everything in Lebanon is running out: fuel, electricity, water, bread, internet, medicine, cooking gas, medical personnel, hope. At a pharmacy in Paris last week, I displayed the Notes app on my phone which contained a list of medications and photos of prescriptions for people I had never met before. The …

TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Forum of Muslim Scholars of Lebanon has highlighted Imam Musa Sadr’s views against sectarianism. In a press release published on 43rd anniversary of the main cleric’s kidnapping, academics said Sadr viewed bigotry as a sinister phenomenon. They also said that since the start of his movement, Sadr has emphasized that the …

In 2015, when the garbage crisis erupted in Lebanon, we found ourselves in a strange situation: all Lebanese, without sectarian or regional affiliations, were suffering from the problem. At the same time, many villages and towns shouted: do not bury “foreign” garbage in our region. The “foreigners” were none other than the sons of the …

Lebanon, which recently lived on limited fuel supplies, faced sectarian tensions this weekend between two neighboring Muslim and Christian Shia villages in the south of the country over a fuel dispute, forcing the army to intervene, said a security source. Clashes mainly centered on crippling gasoline and diesel shortages have become daily in Lebanon, sparking …

Hassan Nasrallah accepts another shipment to ease shortages in the country, but critics warn the move risks sanctions. Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said a third Iranian fuel shipment has been agreed to alleviate crippling shortages in Lebanon. “We have agreed to start loading a third ship,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday. …

A prominent Australian doctor, Jamal Rifi of Lebanon, was sentenced in absentia to ten years in prison in Lebanon for the crime of “normalizing with Israel,” VOA and Albawaba reported Wednesday. Dr Rifi is working with the Sydney Jewish community on a charity program that organizes treatment for Palestinians in Israeli hospitals. The program trains …

Even with the addition of infrastructure and social spending, the Biden administration said on Friday it projected deficits over the next decade to be $ 684 billion lower than its previous forecast. However, this improvement would still leave deficits over the next decade totaling $ 12.49 trillion. Over the past two years, the total deficits …

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