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Brazil's Overrun ICUs Show How Virus Spreads Across Nation

The South American nation has the second highest number of coronavirus fatalities in the world (after the United States), and with ICU beds in short supply, the death toll will continue to rise.

An intensive care unit in Manaus, Brazil
An intensive care unit in Manaus, Brazil

In raw COVID-19 numbers, Brazil is the second hardest hit country in the world, after the United States, as the case total at two million and death toll reaching 75,000. On ground level, new reports are surfacing of local hospital intensive care units hurtling towards a breaking point that could further accelerate fatalities. For the vast nation of 209 million, the rolling emergencies at ICUs shows how wide the crisis is spreading:

Collapse: In at least five state capitals, ICUs are on the verge of collapse, the daily Correio Braziliense reports.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

Supporters of pro-Iranian Hezbollah sit in a street decorated with picture of the party chief Hassan Nasrallah

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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