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Lebanese Clown Troupe Marks Valentine's Day Amid Stink

A heart-shaped pillow clutched to her chest, Ziza the clown weeps for the camera and tries to ignore the stench emanating from the mountain of trash piled up just meters away. Uncertain of quite how to deal with these red-nosed visitors to his dump site on the outskirts of Beirut, some of whom are now dancing the tango, the trash crane operator offers a wry smile. It is not the traditional way to mark Valentine's Day, but, then again, Lebanon’s clown activists are not really ones...

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