OVER 450 wounded in two days clashes in Lebanon's capital. Medics said 70 people were injured in renewed clashes between protesters and police in Lebanon's capital on Sunday, taking the toll of wounded from two days of violence to 450.

Unprecedented protests have rocked the country since October 17, with citizens from all religious backgrounds demanding the ouster of a political class they view as inept, corrupt and responsible for an ever deepening economic crisis.

On Sunday evening, hundreds of protesters gathered in the rain in central Beirut by a barricaded road that leads to to parliament amid heavily deployed security forces.

For a second night in a row, dozens started lobbying stones in the direction of police behind a metal barricade, crying ''Revolution - Revolution''.

NEW DELHI : Bangladesh and Afghanistan have opposed India's controversial law - the Citizenship Amendment Act [CAA] - which cites the two together with Pakistan as the three neighbours that discriminate against non-Muslim minorities.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the Hindu that the law which excludes the Muslims and woos Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from the three countries for citizenship rights should be extended to everyone equally.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seen as key regional ally of India's rightwing Hindu revivalist government, criticised the new law in an interview with Dubai's Gulf News, saying the new law was not necessary.

Ms. Hasina's government has said that minority communities did not leave her country because of persecution and maintained that there is nor reverse migration from India either. But within India, people are facing many problems,'' she declared.

BAGHDAD : Iraqi youths angry at their government's glacial pace of reform ramped up their protests on Sunday, ceiling streets and with burning tyres and threatening further escalation unless their demands are met.

The rallies demanding an overhaul of the ruling system have rocked Shia majority parts of Iraq since October but had thinned out in recent weeks amid rising Iran-US tensions.

Protesters had feared that Iraq would be caught in the middle of the geopolitical storm and last Monday gave the government one week to make progress on reform pledges.

YEMEN : More than 100 people were killed and dozens injured in a missile and drone strike blamed on Houthi rebels in central Yemen, officials said on Sunday.

Saudi owned AI-Hadath television broadcast a video that showed the gruesome aftermath of the attack. [AFP]


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