A giant Christmas tree set up by Lebanese anti-government protesters in Martyrs Square in Beirut, Lebanon. The tree is made from protest banners currently being used in the streets of Beirut.
Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement and its allies have nominated university professor and former education minister Hassan Diab to be prime minister.
Mr Diab reportedly failed to secure the backing of the main Sunni-led bloc, which could make it difficult to form a new government and secure Western aid.
He emerged as a candidate when outgoing PM Saad Hariri withdrew on Wednesday.
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