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Will COVID-19 Make China's Movie Theaters Vanish Forever?

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Chinese film industry. But it's the movie houses themselves that have suffered most.

Seat distancing applied at a movie theater in Jinan
Seat distancing applied at a movie theater in Jinan
Li Zhaoxing

HONG KONG — China's movie theaters finally got the go-ahead to reopen, albeit only in certain "low-risk" areas and with a 30% capacity cap on seating. Either way, it's a step in the direction of normality and a positive sign for the Chinese film industry, which has struggled mightily as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But there are also questions about whether it's too little too late for movie theaters themselves, which as a distribution model was hurting even before the current health crisis.

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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

Ahmad Ra'fat

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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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