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A Close Call

Beirut A Close Call A demonstrator walks past burning tires during protests on October 17 against Lebanon’s plan to tax calls made on WhatsApp, FaceTime and other apps. Hours later the government reversed course on the 20 cent daily fee. But in the midst of an economic crisis with the government declaring a state of “economic emergency” and public debts totaling 150 percent of gross domestic product, uncertainty remains.
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