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Amid public anger over Tuesday’s blast, Lebanon PM to introduce bill proposing early polls

In a televised speech Friday, Prime Minister Hassan Diab called on all political parties to put their disagreements aside and work together.
Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Lebanon’s capital amid mounting fury over the massive explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people.(Bloomberg Photo)
Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Lebanon’s capital amid mounting fury over the massive explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people.(Bloomberg Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 03:15 AM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Lebanese security forces fire tear gas at Beirut protesters

Thousands of people had poured into Beirut’s main square Saturday hanging up symbolic nooses that they say officials should be hanged on over this week’s blast while protesters and riot police clashed near parliament.
Riot police members run after demonstrators during a protest near the parliament building following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Riot police members run after demonstrators during a protest near the parliament building following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2020 08:25 PM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

US President Trump among world leaders to take part in Lebanon Aid Conference

The video-conference will be co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations
A vehicle burns as demonstrators try to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building during a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
A vehicle burns as demonstrators try to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building during a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 08, 2020 08:08 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Wife of Dutch envoy to Lebanon dies after being hurt in Beirut blast

Hedwig Waltmans-Molier, 55, was injured by the explosion as she stood next to her husband, ambassador Jan Waltmans, in the living room of their house in Beirut, the ministry said.
A general view shows damages at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
A general view shows damages at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2020 03:44 PM IST
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Beirut | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

Macron’s visit exposed France’s central challenge as it prepares to host an international donors conference for Lebanon on Sunday: how to help a country in crisis, where French economic ties run deep, without interfering in its internal affairs.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during a news conference, following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during a news conference, following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, in Beirut, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2020 03:09 PM IST
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Paris | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

‘A rocket or bomb or other act’: Lebanese president on external interference in Beirut blast

“The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act,” President Michel Aoun said in comments carried by local media and confirmed by his office.
A man takes a photograph of the damaged site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
A man takes a photograph of the damaged site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 07, 2020 05:09 PM IST
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Beirut | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

‘The world exploded’: Beirut blast takes a husband, father

Tuesday’s blast killed nearly 150 people. Search teams are still looking for bodies as some families don’t know whether to mourn.
People view the damaged site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
People view the damaged site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 06:18 PM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

UN wants independent probe into Beirut blast

Spokesman Rupert Colville of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cited the need for the international community to “step up” to help Lebanon with both a quick response and sustained engagement.
A rescue team surveys the site of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
A rescue team surveys the site of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2020 03:47 PM IST
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Beirut | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai

Beirut explosion: 5 Indians suffered minor injuries, says MEA

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also said India has sought from the Lebanese government an assessment of damage caused by the blast, based on which it will decide on the nature of assistance it will extend to the West Asian country.
More than 130 people were killed in the explosion.(AP Photo)
More than 130 people were killed in the explosion.(AP Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 12:25 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

French President Macron announces fundraising conference for Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron says an international fundraising conference for Lebanon will be held in the next few days after the deadly explosion that devastated Beirut.
French President Emmanuel Macron listens to a resident as he visits a devastated street of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020.(Reuters photo)
French President Emmanuel Macron listens to a resident as he visits a devastated street of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 10:24 PM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh

In Beirut, Macron says Lebanese leaders need to hear ‘home truths’

President Emmanuel Macron offered France’s support for the Lebanese people on Thursday on a visit to Beirut following a huge warehouse blast, but said crisis-hit Lebanon would “continue to sink” unless its leaders carry out reforms.
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 05:10 PM IST
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Beirut/Paris | ByReuters | Posted by Niyati Singh

Iraq to list hazardous materials after Beirut explosion

Iraq announced Thursday it will create an inventory of all hazardous materials at ports and airports after the ignition of ammonium nitrate fertiliser at a portside warehouse levelled swathes of Beirut.
Security personnel sit in front of damaged buildings near the site of an explosion on Tuesday that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.(AP photo)
Security personnel sit in front of damaged buildings near the site of an explosion on Tuesday that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.(AP photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 03:54 PM IST
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Baghdad | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh

French President Macron arrives in Beirut to show support after blast

France and other countries have send emergency aid and search-and-rescue teams.
French President Emmanuel Macron(Reuters photo)
French President Emmanuel Macron(Reuters photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 03:03 PM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh

France’s Macron heads to Lebanon after deadly mega-blast

Lebanon was still reeling from a blast so huge it was felt in neighbouring countries, its mushroom-shaped cloud drawing comparisons with Hiroshima and the devastation caused by its shockwave with the scene of an earthquake.
French President Emmanuel Macron.(REUTERS)
French President Emmanuel Macron.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 02:17 PM IST
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Beirut | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

A shattered Beirut leaves Lebanese asking if they have a future

The explosion, fueled by a vast consignment of ammonium nitrate stored at the port despite repeated safety warnings, couldn’t have come at a worse time for Lebanon.
A view of the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
A view of the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 01:19 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Beirut reels from huge blast as death toll climbs to at least 135

Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared three days of mourning from Thursday as early investigations blamed negligence for the explosion at Beirut port, which has left tens of people missing and injured more than 5,000 others.
People inspect the damage near the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
People inspect the damage near the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 07:15 AM IST
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Beirut | ByReuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

US officials say no sign Beirut blast was attack

Two US officials say there are no indications that the massive explosion Tuesday evening in Lebanon’s capital was the result of an attack by either a nation state or proxy forces.
Debris from a residential apartment block covers automobiles parked outside in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(Bloomberg photo)
Debris from a residential apartment block covers automobiles parked outside in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(Bloomberg photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 10:19 PM IST
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Beirut | ByPress Trust of India

EU, Turkey and Gulf states among those aiding Beirut after blast

The European Union, Turkey and Gulf states are among those offering assistance to Lebanon following an explosion at a warehouse in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4,000.
A man cleans a damaged mosque a day after an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(AP photo)
A man cleans a damaged mosque a day after an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(AP photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 06:32 PM IST
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Beirut: French president Emmanuel Macron traveling to Lebanon after deadly explosion

Macron’s office told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the French leader will meet with Lebanese political leaders. It provided no further details.
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a joint news conference with his counterpart of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.(REUTERS)
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a joint news conference with his counterpart of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 05, 2020 05:15 PM IST
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Paris | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

‘Most powerful ever to rip through Beirut’: City reels from huge blast, death toll climbs to at least 100

Officials said the toll was expected to rise after Tuesday’s blast at port warehouses that stored highly explosive material.
A Lebanese army helicopter flies over the scene where an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(AP)
A Lebanese army helicopter flies over the scene where an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 04:59 PM IST
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Beirut | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion

An official with the Lebanese Red Cross said at least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 were wounded. George Kettaneh said the toll could rise further.
Grain spills from a damaged wheat silos in the Port of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. A massive explosion at Lebanon’s main port rocked Beirut, overwhelming hospitals dealing with the injured and dying.(Bloomberg)
Grain spills from a damaged wheat silos in the Port of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. A massive explosion at Lebanon’s main port rocked Beirut, overwhelming hospitals dealing with the injured and dying.(Bloomberg)
Published on Aug 05, 2020 04:20 PM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

After blast, Lebanon has enough grain for less than a month, minister says

Raoul Nehme told Reuters a day after Tuesday’s devastating blast that Lebanon needed reserves for at least three months to ensure food security and was looking at other storage areas.
A general view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
A general view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 05, 2020 04:04 PM IST
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Beirut | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

Rupee gains 10 paise to close at 74.94 against US dollar

At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened strong at 74.93 against the US dollar, then shuffled between an intra-day high of 74.83 and a low of 74.95 against the US dollar.
Forex traders said positive trend in the equity markets, weak American currency and sustained foreign fund inflows supported the rupee.(REUTERS)
Forex traders said positive trend in the equity markets, weak American currency and sustained foreign fund inflows supported the rupee.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 05, 2020 03:27 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Burj Khalifa lights up in solidarity with Lebanon after Beirut explosion

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tweeted an image to showcase solidarity with Lebanon after Beirut explosion.
The image shows Burj Khalifa showcasing the flag of Lebanon.(Twitter/Burj Khalifa)
The image shows Burj Khalifa showcasing the flag of Lebanon.(Twitter/Burj Khalifa)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 03:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByTrisha Sengupta

‘Shocked, saddened by loss of lives in Beirut explosion’: PM Modi

The massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.
Smoke is seen after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.(GABY MAAMARY via REUTERS)
Smoke is seen after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.(GABY MAAMARY via REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 09:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Lebanon blast: Indian Embassy staff safe, in touch with Indian community members, says Envoy Suhel Azaz Khan

Indian envoy to Lebanon Suhel Ajaz Khan told ANI: “All our embassy staff are safe. We are in touch with Indian community members, so far there is no report of casualty. We are keeping a close watch and are in touch with community organisations.”
People run in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
People run in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.(AP)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 08:31 AM IST
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Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion

An official with the Lebanese Red Cross said at least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 were wounded. The official, George Kettaneh, said the toll could rise further.
A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city.(AFP)
A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 04:54 PM IST
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Beirut | ByReuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Trump says US generals feel Beirut blast that killed over 70 was likely an ‘attack’

The explosion in Beirut flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across the capital, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.
Smoke rises in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.(AP Photo)
Smoke rises in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.(AP Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 12:07 AM IST
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Washington | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Pompeo offers US help to Lebanon after ‘horrible tragedy’

“We are monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this horrible tragedy,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
USA, July 22 (ANI): US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo addresses virtual 45th US-India Business Council 'India Ideas Summit', in Washington on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
USA, July 22 (ANI): US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo addresses virtual 45th US-India Business Council 'India Ideas Summit', in Washington on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 03:07 AM IST
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Washington | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

Video footage of the second blast showed an enormous orange fireball that dwarfed nearby buildings and sent a devastating tornado-like shockwave ripping through the city.
Firefighters spray water at a fire following an explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon(REUTERS)
Firefighters spray water at a fire following an explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 03:51 AM IST
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Beirut | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
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