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World stock markets plunged further on Tuesday as more gloomy evidence emerged of China's economic slowdown, triggering heavy sell-offs from Hong Kong to New York and raising fears of weakening global growth. Downbeat data showed factory activity in China hit a three-year low, fuelling concern over the health of the world's second largest economy which has been a main engine of economic expansion. Tokyo stocks tumbled almost four percent as China woes spread, with Europe's main markets following in its wake by closing down by up to three percent.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces dragged a number of activists out of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, where they were staging an hours-long sit-in on Tuesday demanding the minister's resignation over a trash crisis that has ignited mass protests.