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FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

Aug. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. So for many Lebanese, their...

Rescue teams search for missing people at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Iran FM claims West using Beirut blast to dictate policies

Aug. 14, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran said Friday that Western countries should not take advantage of the massive explosion in Beirut last week that killed scores and wounded thousands of people to dictate their own policies on the tiny Arab country. The comments by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in...

Two kittens that were hiding among debris of a damaged building near the site of last week's massive explosion sit in a cage after being rescued by members of Animals Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The volunteers say they have happily reunited dozens of pets with their owners. But many others remain in the group's shelter, waiting for their owners to pick them up or locate them. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Volunteers rescue pets, search for lost ones in Beirut blast

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When the massive explosion tore through Beirut last week, it did not only kill and injure thousands of people and destroy a large part of the city — it also left scores of animals trapped or lost in the rubble of the Lebanese capital. Animals Lebanon, a Beirut-based group, said it...

People pass in front of a house that was damaged during the last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

UNESCO warns historic Beirut buildings at risk of collapse

Aug. 13, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations’ cultural agency said Thursday it will lead the international campaign for the recovery and restoration of Beirut's heritage, citing local officials who said that around 60 historic buildings in the Lebanese capital were at risk of collapse following last...

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, right, listens to an NGO volunteer during his visit to a main gathering point for volunteers, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, Pool)

US official says FBI joining Beirut explosion investigation

Aug. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the massive explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, a U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Lebanese authorities had invited the FBI to take part,...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 13, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon? The New York Times Aug. 12 The appalling negligence that left more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate sitting for more than six years at Lebanon’s port in...

US official visiting Lebanon says the FBI will join Lebanese and international investigators in the Beirut blast probe

Aug. 13, 2020 10:34 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — US official visiting Lebanon says the FBI will join Lebanese and international investigators in the Beirut blast probe.
University students who volunteered to help clean damaged homes and give other assistance, pass in front of a building that was damaged by last week's explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. The explosion that tore through Beirut left around a quarter of a million people with homes unfit to live in. But there are no collective shelters, or people sleeping in public parks. That’s because in the absence of the state, residents of Beirut opened their homes to relatives, friends and neighbors. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Abandoned by state after explosion, Lebanese help each other

Aug. 13, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the southern Lebanese town of Haris, a newlywed couple is living in one of Safy Faqeeh’s apartments for free. He’s never met them before, and they aren’t on a honeymoon. Their apartment in Beirut was wrecked when last week’s massive explosion wreaked destruction...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese president Michel Aoun, right, meets with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Maas said that Lebanon needs a

FM says Germany ready to help Lebanon but reforms necessary

Aug. 12, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Germany stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week's massive explosion, but any support will be linked to economic reforms and an end to pervasive corruption in Lebanon, Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday. Heiko Maas spoke after a tour of...

France seeks cooperation from Iran, Russia on Lebanon

Aug. 12, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Wednesday to the leaders of Russia and Iran and urged them to cooperate with the rest of the international community to restore stability in Lebanon. While Iran and Russia are important power players in the region and have offered Lebanon aid since last...