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Months after Beirut blast, victims await answers

The August 4 tragedy was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded. It killed some 200 people, wounded thousands and devastated swathes of the Lebanese capital.
More than four months later, victims are still awaiting the result of the investigation into why 2,750 tonnes of potentially explosive material were stored unsafely at the port, which is surrounded by residential areas, for more than six years.(REUTERS)
More than four months later, victims are still awaiting the result of the investigation into why 2,750 tonnes of potentially explosive material were stored unsafely at the port, which is surrounded by residential areas, for more than six years.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 24, 2020 02:28 PM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Beirut reporter repeatedly gets interrupted by furry intruder, a cat. Watch

The clip shows a stray feline playing with the belt of Aoun’s coat while she goes on to deliver her piece to camera.
The image shows a stray feline playing with Larissa Aoun’s coat.(Twitter@LarissaAounSky)
The image shows a stray feline playing with Larissa Aoun’s coat.(Twitter@LarissaAounSky)
Published on Dec 20, 2020 02:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury

Lebanese judge charges PM, ex-ministers over Beirut port blast

Officials have said the cargo of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical, was stored unsafely for years at the port, which lies in heart of the city.
Lebanese PM Hassan Diab speaks to the media outside Beirut's international airport, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Lebanese PM Hassan Diab speaks to the media outside Beirut's international airport, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 10, 2020 06:53 PM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

Lebanon’s Hezbollah suing those accusing it of Beirut port blast

Hezbollah’s legal representative Ibrahim Mussawi said the accusations, leveled by Fares Souaid and the website of the right-wing Lebanese Forces party, were misleading.
Hezbollah legal representative told a press conference that blaming the group threatens to disrupt social peace in Lebanon.(AP)
Hezbollah legal representative told a press conference that blaming the group threatens to disrupt social peace in Lebanon.(AP)
Published on Dec 04, 2020 05:51 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

Great-grandma set to make 100 dolls for children who lost theirs in Beirut blast

This initiative was started by great-grandmother and artist of recognized talent, Yolande Labaki for the benefit of Achrafieh 2020, a Lebanese organisation.
The image shows Yolande Labaki.(Facebook/@Akram Nehme)
The image shows Yolande Labaki.(Facebook/@Akram Nehme)
Updated on Nov 28, 2020 04:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Budhiraja

US charities raise millions in wake of Beirut port blast

Santa Barbara, California-based humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief has sent more than $20 million in medicine, personal protective equipment and supplies to Beirut. More than half of that amount was delivered via a FedEx-donated airlift that also included relief supplies from the American Task Force on Lebanon and the Lebanon Relief Project.
The massive blast killed nearly 200 people and injured more than 6,000 when 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated at Beirut’s port.(AFP file photo)
The massive blast killed nearly 200 people and injured more than 6,000 when 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated at Beirut’s port.(AFP file photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2020 02:30 PM IST
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Dearborn, Michigan | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer turns blast debris into symbol of hope

Lebanese artist, Hayat Nazer, poses near her statue made entirely out of broken glass and debris of the August 4 port explosion, during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon November 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
Lebanese artist, Hayat Nazer, poses near her statue made entirely out of broken glass and debris of the August 4 port explosion, during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon November 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 18, 2020 10:03 AM IST
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Beirut, Lebanon | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

‘Rise from the rubble’: Lebanese artist uses blast debris to create inspiring sculpture

The unnamed statue by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer is made of broken glass and twisted materials that belonged to people’s homes before the explosion.
Lebanese artist, Hayat Nazer, poses near her statue made entirely out of broken glass and debris of the August 4 port explosion, during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon November 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
Lebanese artist, Hayat Nazer, poses near her statue made entirely out of broken glass and debris of the August 4 port explosion, during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon November 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 17, 2020 10:59 AM IST
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BEIRUT | By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

Human rights group says Lebanon probe into Beirut port blast flawed

Human Rights Watch called for a United Nations-led inquiry into the causes of the blast to determine responsibility. The New York-based watchdog called on international supporters of Lebanon, lead by France, meeting next week to press the Lebanese authorities to accept an independent probe.
Families of the dead and survivors of the blast called on the UN Security Council for an international investigation, but Lebanese officials rejected such calls as a “waste of time.”(Reuters file photo)
Families of the dead and survivors of the blast called on the UN Security Council for an international investigation, but Lebanese officials rejected such calls as a “waste of time.”(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2020 09:07 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Growing up in different countries helped me expand my horizons: Mayssa

Singer Mayssa Karaa says although she learnt a lot from different cultures, it was a blessing as well as a curse
The singer has also worked with AR Rahman(Facebook)
The singer has also worked with AR Rahman(Facebook)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 05:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan

Channeling ‘anger into art’, artists in Beirut process blast

With the debris cleared, the halls of the building are now open to visitors to view more than 100 works of art by mostly Lebanese and Arab artists, reflecting on the explosion itself and also the turmoil and wars of past decade.
The initiative, “Beirut Year Zero”, features paintings, installations, and sculptures by some 60 artists and aims to raise money to support them and the Lebanese Red Cross.(Reuters)
The initiative, “Beirut Year Zero”, features paintings, installations, and sculptures by some 60 artists and aims to raise money to support them and the Lebanese Red Cross.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 06, 2020 08:21 PM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

After Beirut blast, a young surgeon finds new sense of duty

The floodgates opened and hundreds of wounded poured into the American University of Beirut Medical Center, one of Lebanon’s best hospitals.
Dr. Bassam Osman, a 27-year-old surgical resident, poses for a picture, in Beirut Lebanon. It was a night Dr. Bassam Osman says changed his life.(AP)
Dr. Bassam Osman, a 27-year-old surgical resident, poses for a picture, in Beirut Lebanon. It was a night Dr. Bassam Osman says changed his life.(AP)
Published on Sep 16, 2020 02:53 PM IST
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Associated Press | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

Lebanese firefighters douse remains of Beirut port fire

The fire had broken out on Thursday. Officials said it was sparked by welding during repair work after last month’s explosion that devastated the port and surrounding area.
Smoke rises after a fire broke out at Beirut's port area (REUTERS/Issam Abdallah).
Smoke rises after a fire broke out at Beirut's port area (REUTERS/Issam Abdallah).
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral

Beirut search effort sparked by dog stops, no survivor found

The operation in the historic Mar Mikhail district had gripped Lebanon since Thursday, sparking hope that a survivor might be found under the rubble a month after the blast on August 4 that killed 191 people and wounded nearly 6,500.
This Aug. 29, 2020 photo shows destroyed buildings near the scene of last month's massive explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
This Aug. 29, 2020 photo shows destroyed buildings near the scene of last month's massive explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
Published on Sep 06, 2020 05:51 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

‘No signs of life’ in Beirut rubble after three-day search for blast survivors

The Aug. 4 blast in Beirut killed about 190 people, injured 6,000 more, and devastated whole neighbourhoods.
Volunteers dig through the rubble of buildings which collapsed due to the explosion at the port area, after signs of life were detected, in Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon on September 5, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Volunteers dig through the rubble of buildings which collapsed due to the explosion at the port area, after signs of life were detected, in Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon on September 5, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 05:54 AM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

‘No sign of life’ in search for Beirut blast survivor

Rescue workers said Saturday there was no longer any sign of life in a collapsed Beirut building, dashing hopes raised by sensor readings showing a pulse beneath the rubble from last month’s blast.
The cataclysmic August 4 explosion in the port of Beirut killed at least 191 people, making it Lebanon’s deadliest peacetime disaster. One month on, seven people are still listed as missing(File photo)
The cataclysmic August 4 explosion in the port of Beirut killed at least 191 people, making it Lebanon’s deadliest peacetime disaster. One month on, seven people are still listed as missing(File photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 05:07 AM IST
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Beirut | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh

Newly designated Lebanese PM urges immediate reforms, IMF deal

He spoke after being designated premier and hours before the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron, whose pressure on Lebanon’s fractious leaders was crucial to forging an agreement on Adib, Beirut’s ambassador to Berlin.
Mustapha Adib talks to the media after being named Lebanon's new prime minister at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
Mustapha Adib talks to the media after being named Lebanon's new prime minister at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 31, 2020 07:10 PM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

Beirut port blast death toll rises to 190

The death toll from this month’s Beirut port blast has risen to 190 with more than 6,500 injured and three people missing, Lebanon’s caretaker government said in a report dated Sunday.
A man looks at the remains of his home that was damaged by an explosion at the Beirut port, in the neighbourhood of Karantina, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon, August 12, 2020.(Reuters photo)
A man looks at the remains of his home that was damaged by an explosion at the Beirut port, in the neighbourhood of Karantina, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon, August 12, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 03:28 PM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh

Lebanon’s powerhouse Hezbollah hit by backlash after August 4 blast

For many, the Iran-backed Hezbollah now stands at the top of Lebanon’s sectarian-based system of power — and so is complicit in the corruption many blame for the port disaster and for driving the country into near bankruptcy.
In the wake of the blast, Hezbollah has come under unprecedented public criticism and its role in Lebanese politics under intense scrutiny.(AP Photo)
In the wake of the blast, Hezbollah has come under unprecedented public criticism and its role in Lebanese politics under intense scrutiny.(AP Photo)
Published on Aug 30, 2020 02:33 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

India delivers second tranche of aid to Lebanon

Earlier, India had delivered 58 tonnes of medical, food and relief supplies to Lebanon in an air force plane on August 14. The aid included emergency medical supplies, wheat flour, sugar, pulses, and relief materials such as blankets, dignity kits and sleeping mats for the large number of people left homeless by the explosions.
Indian ambassador, Suhel Ajaz Khan, handed over a consignment of medical aid, including 70 boxes of PPE kits, to Lebanon’s public health minister Hamad Hassan to help in the country’s fight against Covid-19.(MEA.)
Indian ambassador, Suhel Ajaz Khan, handed over a consignment of medical aid, including 70 boxes of PPE kits, to Lebanon’s public health minister Hamad Hassan to help in the country’s fight against Covid-19.(MEA.)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 09:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

‘End of the world’: Countdown to Beirut’s devastating blast

Across the city, residents who noticed the grey smoke billowing over the facility were drawn to streets, balconies and windows, watching curiously as the fire grew larger.
People remove debris from a house damaged by the August 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP Photo)
People remove debris from a house damaged by the August 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 03:24 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Time for world to show solidarity with Lebanese people, says UN

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi also said the UNHCR is making its capacity and expertise as a humanitarian agency available to the Lebanese people and is ready to assist the country as part of a broader international response.
Rita Faraj Oghlo, 31, walks past a damaged building on the street that she once lived in with her husband and two children before it was damaged in an explosion on the Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Rita Faraj Oghlo, 31, walks past a damaged building on the street that she once lived in with her husband and two children before it was damaged in an explosion on the Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 20, 2020 10:24 PM IST
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Beirut | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai

‘We must go on’: Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab affected by Beirut blast

Elie Saab’s office and headquarters have been badly damaged by the August 4 blast, while his home, located a few hundred metres from the port, was gutted.
Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab and his son, the brand's director, Elie Saab Jr. are seen during an interview with Reuters, following a massive explosion at the Beirut port area, in Faqra, Lebanon, August 15, 2020.(REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)
Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab and his son, the brand's director, Elie Saab Jr. are seen during an interview with Reuters, following a massive explosion at the Beirut port area, in Faqra, Lebanon, August 15, 2020.(REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 09:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Fashion designer Elie Saab’s home affected by Beirut blast

A view of the damaged entrance of the headquarters of Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab, following a massive explosion at the Beirut port area, Lebanon, August 15, 2020. Picture taken August 15, 2020. (REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis) 13
A view of the damaged entrance of the headquarters of Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab, following a massive explosion at the Beirut port area, Lebanon, August 15, 2020. Picture taken August 15, 2020. (REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 07:35 PM IST
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Lebanese customs chief arrested over Beirut blast

The head of Lebanon’s customs authority was formally arrested on Monday after being questioned over the massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month, the state-run National News Agency reported.
A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020.(Reuters photo)
A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 04:12 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press

Sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Lebanon after deadly port blast

Lebanon is facing a surge in coronavirus cases after a devastating blast at the Beirut port earlier this month killed scores and wounded thousands, prompting medical officials to urge Monday for a two-week lockdown to try to contain the pandemic.
Rubble of destroyed buildings is seen Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in a neighborhood near the site of the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.(AP photo)
Rubble of destroyed buildings is seen Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in a neighborhood near the site of the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.(AP photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 04:24 PM IST
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Beirut | By Associated Press

A life’s work shattered: Stained glass artist counts cost of Beirut blast

Two decades of Maya Husseini’s work to restore stained glass windows destroyed in the Lebanese civil war was lost in an instant in the seismic port explosion in Beirut.
Stained glass maker Maya Husseini works inside her workshop in Hazmiyeh, Lebanon August 13, 2020 Picture taken August 13, 2020.(REUTERS)
Stained glass maker Maya Husseini works inside her workshop in Hazmiyeh, Lebanon August 13, 2020 Picture taken August 13, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 11:16 AM IST
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Beirut | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

US calls for credible probe into ‘overwhelming’ Beirut blast

Some 30 people remain missing after the massive port blast in Beirut that killed 172 people.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea visit the site of a massive explosion at Beirut's port, Lebanon on August 15, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea visit the site of a massive explosion at Beirut's port, Lebanon on August 15, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2020 05:57 PM IST
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Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka sarkar

UN puts death toll at 178, several historic buildings facing collapse

The most affected areas in the capital were the historic quarters of Gemayzeh and Mar Mikhael that face the port and that were known for their active night life, with many old buildings turned to pubs or restaurant.
A building in Beirut that was damaged by the August 4 blast.
A building in Beirut that was damaged by the August 4 blast.
Published on Aug 15, 2020 04:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beirut | By Agencies

Beirut blast: India sends 58 tonnes of emergency aid to Lebanon

The external affairs ministry said a separate consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE), including surgical gloves and surgical gowns, is being sent to Lebanon following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The emergency humanitarian aid was despatched on Friday morning in a C-17 heavy lift aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in response to an assessment of requirements by Lebanese authorities.(Photo: MEAIndia/ Twitter)
The emergency humanitarian aid was despatched on Friday morning in a C-17 heavy lift aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in response to an assessment of requirements by Lebanese authorities.(Photo: MEAIndia/ Twitter)
Updated on Aug 14, 2020 09:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Posted by Arpan Rai
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