According to UN Women, even before the blast, Lebanon had one of the world's lowest rates of women in the workforce, with less than one in three in paid employment.
The port blast is taking popular anger to a new level in a country already reeling from an unprecedented economic and financial crisis and near bankruptcy.
Lebanese Red Cross says at least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 wounded in the massive explosion at a port in Beirut.
President Michel Aoun cautions against bids to destabilise "security and the street" after angry protests over the Arab country's economic crisis.
Protesters converge on main square in capital Beirut that was an epicentre for protests last year but which has been mainly quiet over recent months in part due to coronavirus lockdown.
In lengthy White House remarks amid sweeping social unrest, a still-rising virus death toll and Depression-level unemployment, the Republican president focused on what he said was improvement in all areas.
Recession-hit Argentina has suffered market volatility since business-friendly President Mauricio Macri was trounced in party primaries three weeks ago by leftist challenger Alberto Fernandez.
Hurt by the plunge in US-Chinese trade, growth was already declining in Hong Kong this year before anti-government protests erupted over a proposed extradition law and other grievances.
Commerce Minister Betsy Diaz Velazquez says various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods.
Due to the shortage of car parts and supplies, many Venezuelans can no longer afford to drive and have turned to alternative means of transportation.
Eurozone ministers agreed to extend maturities by 10 years on major parts of Greece's total debt obligations while the country secured a 15 billion euros ($17.5 billion) loan for a smooth bailout exit in August.
The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela says the country is experiencing a 95 percent shortage in medicines needed to treat high-cost diseases like cancer
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