Lebanese women take part in a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon POW: 11 – 17 December

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? — Bill Watterson

Lebanese women take part in a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanese women take part in a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Wadha al-Sayyed, wife of captive Lebanese soldier Khaled Moqbel, protests for his release and government action, near burning tyres blocking a road in Beirut. More than two dozen members of the Lebanese security forces are being held by Sunni Islamists. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)

Wadha al-Sayyed, wife of captive Lebanese soldier Khaled Moqbel, protests for his release and government action, near burning tyres blocking a road in Beirut. More than two dozen members of the Lebanese security forces are being held by Sunni Islamists. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)

A relative of Lebanese soldiers, kidnapped by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusra Front members in Arsal district near Syrian border, pour a gasoline on tires during a protest in front of the government hall in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

A relative of Lebanese soldiers, kidnapped by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusra Front members in Arsal district near Syrian border, pour a gasoline on tires during a protest in front of the government hall in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

The mother and child (R) of Lebanese soldier Ali al-Bazzal, who was killed by Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front, sit beside Miss Middle East (C) and other protesters as they demand the release of remaining soldiers, pressuring the government to act, in downtown Beirut. (Mohammed Azakir / REUTERS)

The mother and child (R) of Lebanese soldier Ali al-Bazzal, who was killed by Syria’s al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front, sit beside Miss Middle East (C) and other protesters as they demand the release of remaining soldiers, pressuring the government to act, in downtown Beirut. (Mohammed Azakir / REUTERS)

Priests offer prayers as worshippers carry bread for the communion during a service for around 600 Iraqi Christian refugees at a church in Hazmiyeh, near Beirut. Iraqi Christians who sought refuge in Lebanon after Islamist militants tore through their homeland said they had no idea when they would be able to return as they gathered for prayers ahead of Christmas. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Priests offer prayers as worshippers carry bread for the communion during a service for around 600 Iraqi Christian refugees at a church in Hazmiyeh, near Beirut. Iraqi Christians who sought refuge in Lebanon after Islamist militants tore through their homeland said they had no idea when they would be able to return as they gathered for prayers ahead of Christmas. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A woman walks in the Hay al-Tanak (Tin Neighbourhood) slum in Tripoli. The informal settlement has seen an influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing violence in their country. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS)

A woman walks in the Hay al-Tanak (Tin Neighbourhood) slum in Tripoli. The informal settlement has seen an influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing violence in their country. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS)

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, left, greets students along with Lebanon's Minister of Education Elias Bou Saab, center, during his visit to a school hosting Syrian displaced students at a national school in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, left, greets students along with Lebanon’s Minister of Education Elias Bou Saab, center, during his visit to a school hosting Syrian displaced students at a national school in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A picture shows the inside of a the 30-metre-tall Christmas tree made from gold-coloured iron leaves, erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A picture shows the inside of a the 30-metre-tall Christmas tree made from gold-coloured iron leaves, erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Syrian singer Hazim Sharif gestures as he stands on stage after being announced winner during the Season 3 finale of "Arab Idol" in Zouk Mosbeh area, north of Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Syrian singer Hazim Sharif gestures as he stands on stage after being announced winner during the Season 3 finale of “Arab Idol” in Zouk Mosbeh area, north of Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Lebanese Shi'ite Muslims cook Hreesa, a traditional meal made to commemorate the holy day of Arbain, during a religious ceremony in Kfar Riman, South Lebanon. Arbain marks the last of 40 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, which happened around 1,300 years ago. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims cook Hreesa, a traditional meal made to commemorate the holy day of Arbain (forty in arabic), during a religious ceremony in Kfar Riman, South Lebanon. Arbain marks the last of 40 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, which happened around 1,300 years ago. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Veiled women walk past Santa Claus statues in Nabatiyeh, in south Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Veiled women walk past Santa Claus statues in Nabatiyeh, in south Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

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