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Oil storage tank goes up in flames in fuel strapped Lebanon

A “huge fire” that broke out in a fuel storage tank at Lebanon’s Zahrani oil facility has been contained, the country’s energy minister said from the site. The fire broke out on Monday and took more than three hours to contain and extinguish. At least 25 fire trucks were present on site, as the firefighters […]

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Lebanon plunges into darkness as the nation’s electricity grid shuts down amid fuel shortage

Lebanon has been plunged into darkness after the nation’s electricity grid shutdown amid a severe economic crisis. A government official told reporters the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage. The power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to restart for […]

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Beirut Port blast inquiry suspended on request to remove judge over bias investigation

The inquiry for the Beirut Port blast has been suspended after an accused former Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk formally notified the investigator of the request to dismiss him from the case. As per Lebanese law, Judge Tarek Bitar was forced to halt the investigation. He had already filed new requests to the Ministry of Interior and […]

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Lebanon’s richest man Najib Mikati becomes prime minister ending a year of uncertainty

Lebanon’s richest man Najib Mikati became the prime minister once again ending over a year of uncertainty after the previous administration quit following the devastating Beirut port explosion. Mr Mikati has held the post of prime minister twice before. His appointment comes as Lebanon grapples with some of the severest domestic crises it has faced […]

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Lebanon protests over plunging currency, several injured

Several protesters were injured in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli following demonstrations over the government’s decision to further slash the tumbling currency’s value. The pound has been pegged to the dollar at 1,507 since 1997, but the country’s worst economic crisis in decades has seen its unofficial value plummet. On Saturday, money changers told […]

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Lebanon’s prime minister has been charged with criminal NEGLECT over Beirut port explosion

The caretaker prime minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers have been with criminal neglect over the huge explosion at Beirut’s port that killed more than 200 people this summer. Diab, as well as two former public works ministers and an ex-finance minister, were accused Thursday of criminal neglect “that led to the death […]

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PRISON BREAK: 70 inmates escape jail in Lebanon; 5 dead while their stolen car crashed during police chase

At least 70 inmates have broken out of a prison after smashing their cell doors and attacking prison guards in Lebanon. The mass prison break on Saturday occurred at a facility holding pre-trial detainees in Baabda, a suburb of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. According to a police statement, five of the escaped inmates died when […]

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Diesel tank explosion rocks Beirut weeks after port blast, 4 dead

A diesel tank exploded inside a building in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, on Friday night, killing four people and injuring several others, the Lebanese Red Cross has said. The explosion injured more than 30 people. Images showed flames in a street and sounds of people screaming in panic. Lebanese Red Cross head Georges Kettaneh said the […]

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Lebanon requests Interpol to arrest ship captain and owner for Beirut port blast

Lebanon has requested to arrest the foreign owner and captain of the ship that brought the material which blew up Beirut port causing devastation. The international police organisation Interpol was asked to detain two men without publicly identifying them. At least 190 people were killed when improperly stored ammonium nitrate cargo exploded on 4 August. […]

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Rescuers detect heartbeat under rubble a month after Beirut blast

Rescue teams in Beirut were hunting through the rubble on Friday after signs of life were detected 30 days after a massive explosion destroyed much of the city’s downtown coastal area. A pulse signal is still being detected in the ruins in the Mar Mikhael area of the Lebanese capital. Rescuers traced what they believed […]

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United Nations tribunal convicts 1 Hezbollah member in ex-Lebanon PM’s killing

A special United Nations backed court on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon’s rival political forces. The tribunal found  insufficient evidence against three other men charged as accomplices in the bombing and […]

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Lebanon parliament approves state of emergency, granting sweeping powers to the Army

Lebanon’s parliament has approved a state of emergency that grants sweeping powers to the army, citing the exceptional circumstances in the country following a massive explosion in Beirut last week. The cabinet had declared a two-week state of emergency on August 5, the day after the Beirut blast that left at least 200 dead and […]