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A survivor is taken out of the rubble after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 3,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Negligence probed in deadly Beirut blast amid public anger

Aug. 5, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertilizer in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials. International aid flights began...

The Latest: Russia sends doctors, equipment to Lebanon

Aug. 5, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Russia’s Ministry for Emergencies says that its first plane carrying relief teams, doctors and medical equipment has landed in Beirut. The ministry said Wednesday the aircraft has delivered a mobile hospital along with...

Lebanese Red Cross official says at least 100 people have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded in Beirut explosion

Aug. 5, 2020 1:43 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Red Cross official says at least 100 people have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded in Beirut explosion.
Lebanese man helps an injured man who was wounded by an explosion that hit the seaport, in Beirut Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

Aug. 4, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. It was not clear what...

Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh says hundreds of casualties in Beirut explosion, including dead, wounded.

Aug. 4, 2020 1:21 PM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh says hundreds of casualties in Beirut explosion, including dead, wounded.
Traditional dancers wear costumes as they prepare their performance in a parade in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday after months of virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The Latest: Bali welcoming visitors after 4-month lockdown

Jul. 30, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Bali’s governor has been impatient to revive the economy and began easing restrictions on public activities three weeks ago. Under the...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Austria: bachelor party ends with snake-bitten tongue

Jul. 6, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German man's bachelor party in the Austrian Alps ended with a snake bite on the tongue and a trip to a hospital. The Austria Press Agency reported Monday that the local Red Cross said the 38-year-old was dared to touch with his tongue a baby viper on the floor of an Alpine hut at Neuberg im...