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Lebanon: Clashes erupt in downtown Beirut between demonstrators, security forces

Clashes have erupted in Lebanon’s downtown Beirut between protesters and security forces, following the designation of a new prime minister.

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Lebanese politicians they risk sanctions if they fail to set the nation on a new course within three months, stepping up pressure for reforms in a country collapsing under the weight of an economic crisis.

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Lebanese leaders named diplomat Mustapha Adib as the new prime minister on Monday. The PM-designate was seen meeting with volunteers spearheading relief efforts in the blast-hit district of Beirut, telling them he wanted the state to work with them in rebuilding Beirut.

No other senior government official has visited neighborhoods near the port since the explosion.

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(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)

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