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Ten Dead, More Than 100 Wounded As Syria Crisis Spills Over To Lebanon



Sectarian violence in Lebanon escalated Tuesday night, claiming at least 10 lives, Reuters reports, as the Syrian crisis spills over to its neighbors.

Old tensions between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in Lebanon's second city Tripoli have flared up due to the continuing Syrian conflict, which has seen Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority clash with the mainly Sunni opposition.

The Lebanese government is attempting to quell the violence between the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the neighboring Alawite district Jebel Mohsen.

The BBC reported that Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni, urged citizens "not to allow anyone to transform you into ammunition for someone else's war."

Referring to the Syrian crisis, he said: "We have repeatedly warned against being drawn into this blaze that has spread around Lebanon."

Over 100 people have been wounded since violence erupted Monday night. According to Reuters, rocket-fuelled grenades shook the city in the small hours of Wednesday morning.

Al Jazeera reports that a Lebanese Shia clan last week kidnapped at least 23 Sunni Muslims and a Turkish businessman in retaliation to the Free Syrian Army's kidnapping of one of the clansmen.

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Why The World Still Needs U.S. Leadership — With An Assist From China

Twenty years of costly interventions and China's economic ascent have robbed the United States of its global supremacy. It is time for the two biggest powers to work together, to help the world.

Photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden walking side by side in the Filoli Estate in the U.S. state of California​

Nov. 15, 2023: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden take a walk after their talks in the Filoli Estate in the U.S. state of California

María Ángela Holguín*


BOGOTÁ — The United States is facing a complex moment in its history, as it loses its privileged place in the world. Since the Second World War, it has been the world's preeminent power in economic and political terms, helping rebuild Europe after the war and through its growing economy, aiding the development of a significant part of the world.

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Its model of democracy, long considered exemplary around the world, has gone through a rough patch, thanks to excessive polarization and discord. This has cost it a good deal of its leadership, unity and authority.

How much authority does it have to chide certain countries on democracy, as it does, after such outlandish incidents as the assault on Congress in January 2021? The fights we have seen over electing a new speaker of the House of Representatives or backing the administration's foreign policy are simply incredible.

In Ukraine's case, President Biden failed to win support for the aid package for which he was hoping, even if there is a general understanding that if Russia wins this war, Europe's stability would be at risk. It would mean the victory of a longstanding enemy.

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