Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blast

World / Politics Aug 11, 2020

Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blast

Lebanon's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that devastated Beirut and triggered public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. The Aug. 4 detonation at a port warehouse of what authorities said was more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium ...

Electric night of protests in Lebanon amid anger over blast

World Aug 9, 2020

Electric night of protests in Lebanon amid anger over blast

Lebanese protesters stormed several ministries Saturday in apparently planned raids after an explosion blamed on government negligence at Beirut port devastated the city and ignited unprecedented popular rage. The day started with funerals for some of the 158 people killed by Tuesday's monster blast but ...

Rescuers scour Beirut blast zone as first arrests made

World / Crime & Legal Aug 7, 2020

Rescuers scour Beirut blast zone as first arrests made

Rescuers combed through the rubble of Beirut port Friday in a search for survivors that was watched breathlessly by relatives of the missing, after an investigation into the huge blast produced its first arrests. Shock has turned to anger in Lebanon since Tuesday's colossal explosion ...

'State, what state?': Lebanese together in solidarity and rage

World Aug 6, 2020

'State, what state?': Lebanese together in solidarity and rage

In Beirut's beloved bar districts, hundreds of young Lebanese ditched beers for brooms on Wednesday to sweep debris in the absence of a state-sponsored cleanup operation following a deadly blast. "What state?" scoffed 42-year-old Melissa Fadlallah, a volunteer cleaning up the hard-hit Mar Mikhail district ...

Lebanon, a small Middle East country mired in tragedies

World Aug 5, 2020

Lebanon, a small Middle East country mired in tragedies

Lebanon, a small multiconfessional country which endured a devastating 15-year civil war, has often been caught in the crossfire of regional conflicts. The tragic explosions at the Beirut port on Tuesday struck with the country mired in its worst economic crisis for decades, marked by ...

Ammonium nitrate: The fertilizer that may be behind the Beirut blast

World Aug 5, 2020

Ammonium nitrate: The fertilizer that may be behind the Beirut blast

Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said was the cause of the Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades. These include notably at a Texas fertilizer plant in ...

Carlos Ghosn's house damaged in Beirut blast, report says

World Aug 5, 2020

Carlos Ghosn's house damaged in Beirut blast, report says

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn's house in Lebanon was damaged by a massive explosion in downtown Beirut on Tuesday, a Brazilian newspaper reported, citing his wife Carole. Carole Nahas told O Estado de S. Paulo that her family is safe but the house, ...