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Middle East Beirut garbage 'mafia' torching Lebanese governance

Mounds of garbage are piling up in the Lebanese capital, a testament to a political system that has provided stability, but also paralysis. 

Aziz Taher/Reuters

The streets of Beirut have been filling up with huge piles of garbage in the past week, swamping parked vehicles, rotting in the sweltering summer heat and triggering fury and protests from local residents at the government’s inability to tackle the crisis.

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