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U.S. Sends Christmas Presents To Beirut

More than 60,000 shoe boxes crammed with toys arrived Saturday, a Christmas airlift for Beirut’s needy children.

The presents are part of the annual Operation Christmas Child organized by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief organization.

The gifts, including toys and school supplies, left from Charlotte, N.C., on a Russian cargo plane. The use of the Russian plane apparently avoided violating a U.S.-ban on flights to Lebanon.

The ban was imposed in 1987 after kidnappings and attacks on Americans and other Westerners by pro-Iranian militants in Beirut.

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Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader

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