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BEIRUT – Overnight clashes in Lebanon have killed at least three people in the northern city of Tripoli and left dozens injured, following the funeral of senior intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan.

Al Jazeera reports that violence erupted after protesters tried to storm the offices of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, adding that although Hassan’s funeral had been billed as a protest against Syrian meddling in Lebanon, it quickly turned into equal, if not greater, anger at Mikati and his government.

According to security officials and state-run media, there are fears that Syria's civil war is spilling over into its smaller neighbor, after Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan and at least two other people were killed in a car bomb attack on Friday, AP reports.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mikati have agreed to a joint probe into the car bomb which killed the top anti-Syrian intelligence official and two other people in an east Beirut neighborhood, a US spokesman told BBC News.

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Searching For Marianna, A Pregnant Doctor From Mariupol Held Captive By The Russians

We’ve heard about the plight of the soldiers-turned-prisoners from Mariupol. Here are some traces of the disturbing fate of a young female doctor who’s been taken away.

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"Wait for me, because I will return…"

Marianna Mamonova wrote these words to her family, among the text messages and short phone calls that are the only remaining fragments used to piece together her recent past. We also have a photo of her, posted on Russian websites, where she looks into the lens, gaunt and exhausted, signed with a number like a concentration camp prisoner.

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Until the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mamonova’s biography was available to anyone who wanted to know. She was born in 1991, studied at the Ternopil Medical University, and later at the Kyiv Military Academy. After completing her studies, she was sent to work in the coastal city of Berdiansk. Her mother says that this is where her daughter's dream came true: She’d always wanted to be a military doctor, and worked in Berdiansk for three years, receiving the rank of officer in the Ukrainian army.

Beginning in 2014, she’d worked stints as a front-line doctor in the Donbas region, and when Russia invaded Ukraine in February she went to war again. This time in Mariupol.

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