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Global protests gaining attention in financial markets

Forced fiscal loosening in a world already swamped with debt and heading into another downturn may unnerve creditors and bond holders, especially those holding government debt as an insurance against recession and a haven from volatility.

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Bomb attack in Beirut

Ben Gilbert reports on a bomb attack in Beirut today that targeted a US embassy car; the explosion killed at least 3 people, and none of the victims were Americans.

Lebanon's big weddings

The World's Aaron Schachter reports from Beirut on the spectacle of Lebanese weddings, as many Lebanese couples are willing to spend big, making a point of enjoying the big day despite the country's unstable politics and poverty.

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Beirut pajama protest

Ben Gilbert reports on a group of residents in Beirut who've had enough of the rowdy, late-night revelers in their neighborhood, and the residents of Gemayze staged a pajama protest.

Global Politics

Carter visits Syria

The World's Aaron Schachter reports on former US President Jimmy Carter's visit to Syria today; the former president has angered the Bush Administration and their Israeli government by meeting with leaders of Hamas.

Global Politics

Lebanon shuts down Hezbollah network

The World's Aaron Schachter tells how Lebanon's political mess just got murkier: Lebanese officials have shut down a Hezbollah-linked communications network, following charges that it was spying on Lebanese opposition politicians.