Lebanon

Conflict & Justice

Lebanon's trash is piling up on the streets — and that's not the only thing there that stinks

The mountains of garbage and the odor filling the air in Beirut have caused residents of Lebanon's capital city to vent their anger in an online campaign, "You Stink." The rubbish has been sitting uncollected along the streets of Beirut for more than a month because one of the city's largest landfills is full. Protests turned violent in the face of a heavy-handed government response.

Global Politics

A Sri Lankan girl living in Lebanon isn't really a citizen of either country

Rainey’s parents came to Lebanon from Sri Lanka 20 years ago to get away from their country’s civil war. In fact, Lebanon has become something of a haven for a quarter million migrant workers from Asia and Africa, who tend to be employed as maids, trash collectors, and gas station attendants. They come to escape economic and political hardship back home.

Global Scan

'Magic' mushrooms to treat depression? Some researchers think so

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are one potential treatment for depression. Another is hip hop music — it seems the dark lyrics might reach those who feel equally hopeless. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to the rescue of China's first lady and his gallant act gets erased by Chinese censors. And in Pakistan, a group of schools hold an "I am not Malala" Day. All that and more in today's Global Scan.