Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness. – Honoré de Balzac.

Lebanese students dance during "The Big Dance" event in downtown Beirut, near the parliament. Around 900 students took part in the annual event organised by British Council's global project, which aims to develop connections between schools in Britain and Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Lebanese students dance during “The Big Dance” event in downtown Beirut, near the parliament. Around 900 students took part in the annual event organised by British Council’s global project, which aims to develop connections between schools in Britain and Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher and Lebanese students cheer during "The Big Dance" event in downtown Beirut, near the parliament. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher and Lebanese students cheer during “The Big Dance” event in downtown Beirut, near the parliament. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Participants in the "Miss Arab Plus Size 2015" competition posing on stage in Beirut. Lebanon's participant, Serena, won the contest beating 11 other women from various Arab countries. (AFP / HO / LBCI)
Participants in the “Miss Arab Plus Size 2015” competition posing on stage in Beirut. Lebanon’s participant, Serena, won the contest beating 11 other women from various Arab countries. (AFP / HO / LBCI)
Protesters carry banners and wave Lebanese, Yemeni and Hezbollah flags during a protest against Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in front of the offices of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Protesters carry banners and wave Lebanese, Yemeni and Hezbollah flags during a protest against Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in front of the offices of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Fighters from Hezbollah carry the coffin of Shiite militant Mohammed Rida Zaraket, who was killed last week in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region, during his funeral procession, in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut. (STR / AFP)
Fighters from Hezbollah carry the coffin of Shiite militant Mohammed Rida Zaraket, who was killed last week in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region, during his funeral procession, in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut. (STR / AFP)
World War II veterans, 91-year old Lebanese Kamal Abed al-Nour who fought with French troops during WWII carries a French flag during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II held by the French Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli, at the Pine Palace, the official residence of the French ambassador in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
World War II veterans, 91-year old Lebanese Kamal Abed al-Nour who fought with French troops during WWII carries a French flag during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II held by the French Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli, at the Pine Palace, the official residence of the French ambassador in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Syrian refugee Shirin Salloum, 11, weeps as she suffers burns from fire caused by electricity short circuit in her building in the southern port city of Sidon. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP)
Syrian refugee Shirin Salloum, 11, weeps as she suffers burns from fire caused by electricity short circuit in her building in the southern port city of Sidon. The building is in a compound housing more than 500 Syrian refugees. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP)
Lebanese fire fighters extinguish a fire that broke out in Ouzaii coumpound housing Syrian refugees in the southern city of Sidon.(MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP)
Lebanese fire fighters extinguish a fire that broke out in Ouzaii coumpound housing Syrian refugees in the southern city of Sidon.(MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP)
Lebanese activists from NGOs take part in the of the coast as part of the 'Operation Big Blue' campaign at Beirut's Al Rawcheh area5. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the environmental problems of the Lebanese shore and to clean the entire Lebanese coast. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese activists from NGOs take part in the of the coast as part of the ‘Operation Big Blue’ campaign at Beirut’s Al Rawcheh area. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the environmental problems of the Lebanese shore and to clean the entire Lebanese coast. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
The 6th Tripoli half marathon, organized by “Ma’an Loubnan”, took place on Sunday with over 26 000 runners participating. (Maan Loubnan)
The 6th Tripoli half marathon, organized by “Ma’an Loubnan”, took place on Sunday with over 26 000 runners participating. (Maan Loubnan)
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