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Pottery For The Ages

Continuing our discovery of Thailand's inland wonders, we spent some time in Chiang Rai, where we watched local artisans make and decorate plates, bowls and vases in a traditional way.

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Despite the nationwide mobilization and following new security incidents, Lebanon banks have announced they would close again until further notice.

Laure Gautherin, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

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Welcome to Friday, where the Nobel Peace Prize goes to a Belarusian activist and two Ukrainian and Russian NGOs, Lebanon closes its banks “indefinitely” amid deep economic crisis, and a forest fire damages the iconic Easter Island statues. Meanwhile, German Die Welt’s Carolina Drüten reports from Istanbul where resentment against Syrian refugees is growing amid a rapprochement between Turkey’s President Erdogan and dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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