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Part of the Beirut port’s grain silos collapses after weeks long fire

Part of the Beirut port’s grain silos, damaged in a 2020 explosion, has collapsed in a huge cloud of dust after a weeks-long fire, triggered by grains that had fermented and ignited in the summer heat. The northern block of the silos toppled on Sunday, kicking up thick grey dust that enveloped the iconic structure […]

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Syrian ship carrying ‘stolen’ Ukrainian grain docks in Lebanon

A Syrian cargo ship, sanctioned by the United States and carrying what Ukraine says is stolen barley from the country, has docked in Lebanon, the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in the Middle East nation has said. According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut, the cargo vessel Laodicea docked in the port of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city, […]

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Lebanon finds millions of Captagon pills hidden in fake oranges

Lebanese customs officers found millions of Captagon pills hidden in fake oranges, the latest haul of the drug. Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said the officers found nearly nine million Captagon tablets at Beirut port in a shipment scheduled for a Gulf state. The Customs Directorate said several people were arrested in connection with the smuggling […]

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Lebanon’s central bank blames Google, Facebook after its currency hits record lows

Lebanon’s central bank, the Banque du Liban, blamed tech giants Google and Facebook as the country’s currency hit record lows on the black market, plunging to 25,000 Lebanese pounds against one US dollar. This is nearly 17 times less than the official rate set by the bank, which is 1,500 Lebanese pounds to the dollar. […]

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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 […]