If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

A protester carries a Lebanese flag while sprayed with water from a police water cannon in Martyr square. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to break up an anti-government protest, and the country's fractious leaders postponed talks aimed at resolving a political crisis that is feeding public discontent. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A protester carries a Lebanese flag while sprayed with water from a police water cannon in Martyr square. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to break up an anti-government protest, and the country’s fractious leaders postponed talks aimed at resolving a political crisis that is feeding public discontent. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A Lebanese man walks on a street full of stones which were hurled in clashes between Lebanese activists and riot police fill the street leading to the parliament building, during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis demanding the resignation of the Government, in downtown Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A Lebanese man walks on a street full of stones which were hurled in clashes between Lebanese activists and riot police fill the street leading to the parliament building, during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis demanding the resignation of the Government, in downtown Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Lebanese activists carry a big Lebanese flag and receive the canon water with their bodies during a protest at downtown Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese activists carry a big Lebanese flag and receive the canon water with their bodies during a protest at downtown Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A protester, identified as Lamia Abi Azar, smoking a cigarette while the police shoot pepper gas towards the rest of the demonstration in Beirut. (Dar al Mussawir)
A protester, identified as Lamia Abi Azar, smoking a cigarette while the police shoot pepper gas towards the rest of the demonstration in Beirut. (Dar al Mussawir)
Lebanese security services use water cannons to disperse activists trying to remove the barbed wire blocking the road leading to the parliament building, during a protest at downtown Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Lebanese security services use water cannons to disperse activists trying to remove the barbed wire blocking the road leading to the parliament building, during a protest at downtown Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Art lovers gathered to celebrate the reopening of a museum of modern art which symbolises the Lebanese capital's resilience through conflict and turmoil. The Sursock Museum, an Italianate mansion built for an Ottoman aristocrat, first opened to the public when he bequeathed it to the city after his death. In the 1960s, when Beirut flourished as the Middle East's cultural centre, the Sursock galleries boasted paintings and sculptures by artists from Lebanon and across the world. (Nabil Ismail)
Art lovers gathered to celebrate the reopening of a museum of modern art which symbolizes the Lebanese capital’s resilience through conflict and turmoil. The Sursock Museum, an Italianate mansion built for an Ottoman aristocrat, first opened to the public when he bequeathed it to the city after his death. In the 1960s, when Beirut flourished as the Middle East’s cultural center, the Sursock galleries boasted paintings and sculptures by artists from Lebanon and across the world. (Nabil Ismail)
The 7 year old girl Lana Mustafa Hijazi is the first of her age and the first in Saida to succeed in crossing 850 meters swimming between the city’ seashores during an awareness campaign entitled “let’s swim without addiction to the shore of safety" organized by the National Council Anti-addiction.
The 7 year old girl Lana Mustafa Hijazi is the first of her age and the first in Saida to succeed in crossing 850 meters swimming between the city’ seashores during an awareness campaign entitled “let’s swim without addiction to the shore of safety” organized by the National Council Anti-addiction.
Lebanese player Abbas Atwi (L) in action against Kuwait's Yousef Nasser (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Kuwait and Lebanon at National Stadium in Kuwait City. (Raed Qutena / EPA)
Lebanese player Abbas Atwi (L) in action against Kuwait’s Yousef Nasser (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Kuwait and Lebanon at National Stadium in Kuwait City. (Raed Qutena / EPA)
Valerie Abou Chacra (L) reacts as she wins the Miss Lebanon 2015 title during the beauty pageant held at Casino du Liban, northern Beirut, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Valerie Abou Chacra (L) reacts as she wins the Miss Lebanon 2015 title during the beauty pageant held at Casino du Liban, northern Beirut, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Valerie Abou Chacra waves after being crowned Miss Lebanon 2015. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Valerie Abou Chacra waves after being crowned Miss Lebanon 2015. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Members of Hezbollah hold their party flags as they present a greeting next to the coffin of comrade Hassan Mohammed al-Haj who was reportedly killed fighting alongside Syrian Government forces in in Idlib, Syria, during the funeral procession in the village of Al-Louaizeh in southern Lebanon. (EPA / STR)
Members of Hezbollah hold their party flags as they present a greeting next to the coffin of comrade Hassan Mohammed al-Haj who was reportedly killed fighting alongside Syrian Government forces in in Idlib, Syria, during the funeral procession in the village of Al-Louaizeh in southern Lebanon. (STR)
Lebanese president of the Free Patriotic Movement and Foreign Minister Gibran Basil stand with supporters during a demonstration on the street leading to the Presidential Palace. Thousands of supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement gathered in Baabda road to mark the 25th anniversary when Syrian warplanes bombed the presidential palace in Baabda on 13 October 1990 forcing the then Prime Minister Michel Aoun to step down before being exiled to France. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese president of the Free Patriotic Movement and Foreign Minister Gibran Basil stand with supporters during a demonstration on the street leading to the Presidential Palace. Thousands of supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement gathered in Baabda road to mark the 25th anniversary when Syrian warplanes bombed the presidential palace in Baabda on 13 October 1990 forcing the then Prime Minister Michel Aoun to step down before being exiled to France. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, General Michel Aoun, speaks during a demonstration on the street leading to the Presidential Palace. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, General Michel Aoun, speaks during a demonstration on the street leading to the Presidential Palace. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese actress Rawya El Chab (R) and French actor Antoine Bouguier (L) perform 'the teacher doesn't want education' during Beirut Street Festival 2015 at Beirut Souks. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Lebanese actress Rawya El Chab (R) and French actor Antoine Bouguier (L) perform ‘the teacher doesn’t want education’ during Beirut Street Festival 2015 at Beirut Souks. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
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