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Beirut Blast Was a Mini-Hiroshima

Scientists say August explosion was one of biggest non-nuclear blasts ever

(Newser) - It was obvious to everyone who witnessed it that the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut was a devastating one, killing at least 200 people and injuring thousands. Now, a team from the UK's Sheffield University is detailing just how powerful the blast was, per the BBC : They say it... More »

One Month Later, a Longshot Search for a Survivor in Beirut

Rescuers detect a pulsing signal from rubble of Aug. 4 explosion

(Newser) - A pulsing signal was detected Thursday from under the rubble of a Beirut building that collapsed during the horrific port explosion in the Lebanese capital last month, raising hopes there may be a survivor still buried there, per the AP . The effort unfolded after a sniffer dog belonging to a... More »

Blast Injuries Kill 'a Queen of Beirut'

Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane was among Lebanon's most prominent philanthropists

(Newser) - One of Lebanon's most prominent philanthropists and a pioneer defender of the country's heritage, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane, has died from injuries she suffered in the massive Aug. 4 explosion that ripped through Beirut. She was 98. The family said Lady Cochrane passed away on Monday from her... More »

US Has New Theory on Cause of Lebanon Blast

Review puts blame on maintenance work

(Newser) - A US review has found that maintenance work probably triggered the deadly explosion in Beirut last week. The State Department is in agreement on the cause with Lebanese investigators, the Wall Street Journal reports, though President Trump had blamed "a bomb of some kind" immediately after the blast. US... More »

Lebanon's Leaders Received Dire Warning 3 Weeks Ago

Report, letter warned Beirut could be leveled if chemicals weren't secured

(Newser) - Security officials warned Lebanon's president and prime minister that the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port could explode, destroying the city, just two weeks before that more or less happened. That's according to Reuters , which got its hands on a state security report... More »

Things Are Heating Up in Beirut

Protesters hit the streets over an explosion that devastated the city

(Newser) - Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the foreign ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people, the AP reports. Dozens were still missing and nearly... More »

60K Sign Petition for France to Rule Lebanon

After Beirut blast, many have given up on government

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut Thursday—and after Tuesday's devastating explosion , more than a few Lebanese were ready for him to take over as their president. A petition circulating on Avaaz calling for the former colonial power to take charge of Lebanon for the next 10 years now... More »

Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut

Residents blame 'failed state' for devastating blast

(Newser) - Beirut has been devastated by a massive explosion that killed at least 137 people and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless—and angry residents say the country was broken long before the Tuesday blast. Residents blame corruption and incompetence for the fact that 2,750 tons of highly explosive... More »

135 Dead in Beirut Blast, Including an American

Another 5K were wounded, 300K left homeless

(Newser) - At least one US citizen was among those killed in the devastating Beirut explosion Tuesday night, and several others were injured. The death toll so far stands at 135, with another 100 still missing and search and rescue efforts continuing, ABC News reports. Another 5,000 were wounded, and as... More »

Port Officials Under House Arrest in Wake of Beirut Blast

As news of a letter warning that reportedly warned of the danger emerges

(Newser) - Investigators began searching through the wreckage of Beirut’s port Wednesday for clues to the cause of the massive explosion that killed 135 as it ripped across the Lebanese capital, and the government ordered port officials put under house arrest amid speculation that negligence was to blame. The investigation is... More »

'The Scale of the Disaster Is Immense' in Beirut

At least 100 dead, 4K wounded in Lebanon blast

(Newser) - "The scale of the disaster is immense" in Beirut, Lebanon, the Guardian reports. The death toll in the massive explosion that rocked the capital Tuesday night, causing blocks of devastation , currently stands at at least 100, the AP reports, with another 4,000 injured—and many still missing. TV... More »

Ammonium Nitrate Blamed for Devastating Beirut Blast

At least 70 dead, 4K injured

(Newser) - The death toll from the massive explosion that shook Lebanon's capital Tuesday now stands at more than 70—and with scenes of utter devastation for blocks surrounding the Beirut port area, the toll appears certain to rise. The country's health minister says the blast, which caused a mushroom... More »

'Deafening' Blast So Strong It Lifts the Highway in Beirut

The explosion was centered at the port in Lebanon's capital

(Newser) - A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings, and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital, per the AP . The health ministry says the preliminary toll is 50 dead and 2,750 wounded. The sudden devastation... More »

In Lebanon, Scores of Migrant Maids Dumped Like 'Garbage'

Ethiopian workers are being abandoned on embassy steps in Beirut as virus kills economy

(Newser) - There are about a quarter-million migrant workers in Lebanon, many of them from Ethiopia, but as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the former country's economy, maids from the latter are finding themselves suddenly out of a job and dumped on the doorstep of the Ethiopian Embassy in... More »

Why Did Ghosn Flee Japan? He Cites a Figure: 99.4%

Ex-Nissan boss gives his first press conference since escaping the country

(Newser) - In his first press conference given since his clandestine exit from Japan, Carlos Ghosn cleared one thing up on Wednesday: No, there's no Netflix show in the works about his dramatic exit. But Ghosn certainly brought the drama in the lengthy press conference given in Beirut, likening his November... More »

Taxi Driver Arrested in Diplomat's Death in Beirut

Rebecca Dykes' body was found alongside a highway Saturday

(Newser) - The death of a British diplomat in Beirut was not politically motivated but a criminal act, a police official tells the AP . The BBC reports a taxi driver has been arrested in the death of 30-year-old Rebecca Dykes, whose body was found Saturday alongside a highway in the Lebanese city.... More »

British Diplomat Found Strangled in Beirut

Rebecca Dykes was found on a highway leading out of the city

(Newser) - A 30-year-old British diplomat was found dead on the side of a highway in Beirut Saturday. Senior police sources in Lebanon told the BBC that Rebecca Dykes was strangled before being left by the Metn Highway in the nation’s capital. The Guardian reports that an initial exam revealed she... More »

Next to Paris, This ISIS Bombing Totally Ignored

A Lebanese doctor sees a double standard

(Newser) - A Lebanese doctor says he followed news of the bombing in Paris—a city he loves—with feelings of horror and hopelessness. But "amid the chaos and tragedy of it all, one nagging thought wouldn't leave my head," writes Elie Fares on A Separate State of Mind... More »

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Twin Attacks in Beirut

At least 37 killed, 180 injured

(Newser) - ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombing that struck a Shiite suburb in southern Beirut on Thursday evening, killing at least 37 people and wounding at least 180 more in one of the deadliest attacks in years. The explosions hit minutes apart in an area called Burj al-Barajneh... More »

This Man Spent 5 Years as Hostage, Then 'Thrived'

Joe Cicippio explains why the experience didn't ruin him

(Newser) - Joe Cicippio spent five years often chained to a radiator, a captive of Hezbollah in Lebanon. His only companions were his masked kidnappers and one or two other captives. But he's thrived since his release in 1991, and now Cicippio, 83, reveals how in an interview with NPR . “... More »

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