Lebanon POW: 30 July – 5 August

Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us. ― Al Gore

A man pours water over himself while washing a horse in order to cool it down as part of measures taken to ease the effect of a heatwave at the Beirut Hippodrome. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A man pours water over himself while washing a horse in order to cool it down as part of measures taken to ease the effect of a heatwaves at the Beirut Hippodrome. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

French singer Mireille Mathieu performs on stage bare feet and in a rob during a concert of the annual Byblos International Festival in the ancient city of Byblos (Jbeil). After being called back on stage for three times to do an "encore", and getting undressed, her manager called her back for the fourth time to fullfill the audience's request to hear her voice one more time. At the end she bowed to the public, and humbly asked them to allow her to go to her room. (Nabil Ismail)

French singer Mireille Mathieu performs on stage bare feet and in a rob during a concert of the annual Byblos International Festival in the ancient city of Byblos (Jbeil). After being called back on stage for three times to do an “encore”, and getting undressed, her manager called her back for the fourth time to fulfill the audience’s request to hear her voice one more time. At the end she bowed to the public, and humbly asked them to allow her to go to her room. (Nabil Ismail)

Lebanese protesters hold a banner reading in Arabic 'Oh rulers of Lebanon, our debt is 70 billion and the county is drowning under piles of trash, injustice and darkness' during a protest against the Lebanese government and the trash crisis, in front of the government palace, in downtown Beirut. Citizens gathered to protest against the government and its inability to find a solution for the rubbish crisis in Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Lebanese protesters hold a banner reading in Arabic ‘Oh rulers of Lebanon, our debt is 70 billion and the county is drowning under piles of trash, injustice and darkness’ during a protest against the Lebanese government and the trash crisis, in front of the government palace, in downtown Beirut. Citizens gathered to protest against the government and its inability to find a solution for the rubbish crisis in Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

A Lebanese woman past a pile of garbage covered with white pesticide in Antelias, north of Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A Lebanese woman past a pile of garbage covered with white pesticide in Antelias, north of Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Members of the Lebanese armed forces carry the coffin of army Colonel, Rabih Jamil Kahil, during his funeral procession at a military hospital in Beirut. According to reports Kahil was injured on his way home four days ago by several gunshot wounds, following a dispute with two young men in Bdadoun area. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Members of the Lebanese armed forces carry the coffin of army Colonel, Rabih Jamil Kahil, during his funeral procession at a military hospital in Beirut. According to reports Kahil was injured on his way home four days ago by several gunshot wounds, following a dispute with two young men in Bdadoun area. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Lebanese army soldiers stand guard as supporters of Lebanese Colonel in the army Rabih Jamil Kahil, protest at a roadblock between west and east Beirut to protest after he died in a hospital in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Lebanese army soldiers stand guard as supporters of Lebanese Colonel in the army Rabih Jamil Kahil, protest at a roadblock between west and east Beirut to protest after he died in a hospital in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez (R) and Lebanese soprano Joyce El-Khoury (L) perform on stage at the opening of the Beiteddine Art Festival 2015. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez (R) and Lebanese soprano Joyce El-Khoury (L) perform on stage at the opening of the Beiteddine Art Festival 2015. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Members of the Lebanese National Philharmonic Orchestra perform during the opening of the Baalbeck International Festival in Baalbek, in the Bekaa valley. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Members of the Lebanese National Philharmonic Orchestra perform during the opening of the Baalbeck International Festival in Baalbek, in the Bekaa valley. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

French singer Charles Aznavour, 91, performs at the Batrun International Festival in Mount Lebanon, north of Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

French singer Charles Aznavour, 91, performs at the Batrun International Festival in Mount Lebanon, north of Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

The new 50000 L.L. banknote issued on the first of August in 70th anniversary of the lebanese army, held by the hands of poeple who formed qeues outside the central banque of Lebanon to get a copy of it. (Nabil Ismail)

The new 50000 L.L. banknote issued on the first of August in 70th anniversary of the Lebanese army, held by the hands of people who formed queues outside the central bank of Lebanon to get a copy of it. (Nabil Ismail)

People hold placards during a vigil in solidarity with Italian Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall'Oglio and the Syrian people in front of the Jesuit Church in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Father Paolo Dall'Oglio disappeared on July 29, 2013 in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, where he went to negotiate with jihadists. (AFP)

People hold placards during a vigil in solidarity with Italian Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall’Oglio and the Syrian people in front of the Jesuit Church in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Father Paolo Dall’Oglio disappeared on July 29, 2013 in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, where he went to negotiate with islamic fighters. (AFP)

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