In Tripoli, 60 percent of the workforce make less than $1 a day. Lebanon is struggling with poverty and political instability amid a coronavirus outbreak.
The policy of relying too much on debt to fund the budget has created problems for the young government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
Six months after popular protests erupted across the country, the pandemic is making a meal out of an already fragile situation.
Four residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon test positive for the novel coronavirus, a health official says, bringing total cases in the settlement to five.
Coronavirus means that Lebanon, which has seen months of fractious politics, is now having to adapt to a new way of doing politics.
The country, hit by a severe liquidity crunch and months of anti-government protests, was due on March 9 to repay a $1.2-billion Eurobond, while another $700 million matures in April, and a further $600 million matures in June.
Its passage came amid questions over whether projected revenues were realistic in light of economic conditions that have deteriorated since protests against the country's elite erupted in October.
At least three rockets hit the US embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. Although no group claimed responsibility so far, fingers are pointed at Iran-backed armed groups.
Protests demanding the removal of politicians deemed incompetent and corrupt have gripped Lebanon since October 17 and forced the resignation of the government.
As the country slides closer to economic collapse and people are unable to access their money, questions are being asked about how the currency was kept stable for so many years during economic stagnation.
Lebanon, which formed a new cabinet amid a financial crisis and mass protests against poor governance, hopes it can restore confidence and secure urgent funding from foreign donors.
Members of the European Union parliament are starting to get a whiff that EU waste management schemes in Lebanon are bogus, and the former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is in the firing line.
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