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In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins
Lebanon’s glamorous music festivals — which once attracted jazz legends like Nina Simone, and the great Arab singers Um Kulthoum and Fairouz — were already struggling.
Under the current system, the central bank provides hard currency to importers at the old currency peg of 1,515 Lebanese pounds to the dollar for fuel, wheat and medicine and at 3,900 to the dollar for a basket of basic items.
Although his most celebrated pictures come from wars in Cyprus, Lebanon, Vietnam, Cambodia, Congo and elsewhere, the exhibition features many portraits of the deprived and neglected people of Britain.
The leaderless protest movement first erupted after a proposed tax on calls via free phone apps, but it has since morphed into an unprecedented cross-sectarian outcry against everything from perceived state corruption to rampant electricity cuts.
Held in the open air and conducted by Harout Fazlian, the 150 musicians and chorists were scattered inside the illuminated Temple of Bacchus, as drones filmed them among the enormous ruins and Greco-Roman temples of Baalbek.
BEIRUT, March 27 (Reuters) — Three people were killed and 11 were wounded in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley town of Baalbek on Saturday in ongoing clashes with the army after a fugitive was killed while attempting to cross a checkpoint, security sources said.
His landscapes of the British countryside were also intended to soothe the soul.
ancient castle of Baalbek
ancient castle of Baalbek
(Reporting by Angus MacSwan Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
However, authorities have yet to take action, even though hashish could rake in $350 million a year in revenues and up to $1 billion by the fifth year, outgoing agriculture minister Abbas Mortada told AFP.
Under the title of «Baalbek Nights Return,» conductor Lubnan Baalbaki — whose first name means «Lebanon» and whose last name means «from Baalbek» — led the orchestra on Friday night alongside his sister, singer Soumaya.
One person was killed and two were wounded in the clash on Monday night in al-Tariq al-Jadida, a mainly Sunni neighbourhood of Beirut.
The army said machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were used in the confrontation which a military source said spiralled out of a personal dispute between individuals.
The country of six million has recorded a remarkably low number of cases and the official death toll is around 10 times lower than some countries with roughly the same population such as Israel, Norway or the United Arab Emirates.
A philharmonic orchestra performed to spectator-free Roman ruins in east Lebanon Sunday, after a top summer festival downsized to a single concert in a year of economic meltdown and pandemic.
BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) — Three people were killed on Sunday after a brawl turned into an exchange of gunfire during a wedding near the ancient Lebanese city of Baalbek, Lebanon’s National News Agency said.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said the occurrence was unusual for the area but that a change in wind direction had blown the locusts in from Saudi Arabia to Jordan and onwards to Syria and Lebanon.
BEIRUT, March 27 (Reuters) — Four Syrians, two women and two children, were found dead on Friday in eastern Lebanon after having gone missing, the governor of Lebanon’s Baalbek and Hermel region tweeted.
Actor Tony Sirico, who played the lovable but murderous gangster Paulie Walnuts on the HBO series «The Sopranos» and was frequently cast in Woody Allen films, died on Friday at age 79, his family said.
Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a first of its kind drug from Shire Plc to treat patients aged 12 and older suffering from a rare hereditary disease that causes swelling.
The drug, Takhzyro, is expected to bring in blockbuster sales for Shire, and is important to Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, which plans to buy the Dublin-based rare disease specialist for $62 billion.
With traditional party leaders going up against a revitalised opposition in elections next year, vaccine handouts could be «exploited for political ends,» said Julien Courson, the director of the Lebanese Transparency Association.
BAALBEK, Lebanon, July 6 (Reuters) — The usually grand Baalbek Music Festival, set among 3,000-year-old Roman ruins in Lebanon, was reduced to just a single concert this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the country struggles with a battered economy, MPs also approved the re-allocation of $40 million from a World Bank loan to help fight COVID-19, which has officially infected 677 people and killed 21 nationwide.
Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc’s treatment for reducing inflammation and pain following an eye surgery.
The company said it expects to launch the drug, Inveltys, in the beginning of 2019, with Wedbush Securities estimating peak sales of about $271 million in 2027.