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Shots, tear gas, and flames as protests against Beirut explosion grow

Lebanese riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators trying to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building in Beirut on Saturday during a protest over the government’s handling of this w


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Polish border guards detain 34 people from Middle East found in a lorry

Polish border guards have detained 34 people from the Middle East, including four women and four children, who were traveling in a trailer of the lorry that came from Turkey via Slovakia, authorities


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Arab League says ready to mobilize Arab efforts to help Lebanon; Turkey ready to rebuild port

Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday he would seek to mobilize Arab efforts to provide support to Lebanon after this week’s catastrophic explosion in Beirut destroyed parts of the capi


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UN agencies scramble to help Beirut warehouse blast victims

The deadly warehouse blast in Beirut this week devastated Lebanon’s already faltering healthcare system and UN agencies are scrambling to support hundreds of thousands of people, officials said on Fri


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Lebanon sees possible 'external interference' in port blast

Lebanon’s president said on Friday (August 7) its investigation into the biggest blast in Beirut’s history would examine whether it was caused by a bomb or other external interference, as residents so


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UN condemns air strikes in Yemen that reportedly killed children

An unconfirmed but large number of civilians, including children, were killed in air strikes in northern Yemen on Thursday (August 6), the United Nations said.


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State Department: We're responsible for Russian, Iranian text message campaign

The US State Department said on Friday (August 7) that it was responsible for a text message campaign that left a trail of confusion and ridicule across Russia and Iran.


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Old, new US envoys the same - 'they bite off more than they can chew', Iran says

A senior Iranian official said on Friday (August 7) there was no difference between the outgoing and incoming US special envoys for Iran because American officials “bite off more than they can chew”.


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Erdogan says Turkey restarted drilling in eastern Mediterranean

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (August 7) that Turkey had resumed drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean as Greece had not kept its promises regarding energy exploration in the regi


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Israel says shot down drone on Golan Heights overnight

Israel’s military said on Friday (August 7) it had shot down a drone overnight that crossed into Israeli airspace near Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau at the frontier with Syria


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Death toll from Beirut port blast rises to 154, says Lebanon state news agency

The death toll from the Beirut port explosion has risen to 154, state news agency NNA cited Lebanon’s health minister as saying on Friday (August 7).


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'They killed us twice': finding loved ones at last among Syria's tortured dead

Some families say it is better to know and mourn. Others say finally learning what happened is worse than dying themselves.


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Lebanon detains 16 in probe of Beirut port blast, state news agency says

Lebanese authorities have taken into custody 16 individuals as part of an investigation into the Beirut port warehouse explosion that shook the capital, state news agency NNA said on Thursday (August


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US Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down, to be replaced by Elliott Abrams

US Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post and US Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursd


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US senators plan measure to block many foreign drone sales

Republican and Democratic senators will introduce legislation as soon as Thursday (August 6) that would block international sales of American-made drones to countries that are not close US allies, a S


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Lockdown sees Turkish women bear brunt of unpaid work: research

Turkish women did four times as much household and care work as men during lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, research supported by the United Nations Development Programme show


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Turkey's tumbling lira tests Erdogan's rate resolve

Turkish central bank head Murat Uysal has stuck to the rate-cutting script since President Tayyip Erdogan hired him to lift Turkey out of a recession and currency crisis.


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Macron promises to help mobilize aid for Lebanon after massive blast

French President Emmanuel Macron called for urgent support for Lebanon where he arrived on Thursday, two days after a devastating blast ripped through Beirut, killing 145 people and generating a seism


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Saudi coalition says it shot down Houthi drone heading for kingdom

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen on Thursday said it shot down an explosive-laden drone heading towards the kingdom, a statement published by Saudi state


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World Bank says ready to mobilize financing for Lebanon blast recovery

The World Bank Group said on Wednesday (August 5) it stands ready to assess Lebanon’s damage and needs after a devastating Beirut port explosion and will work to help mobilize public and private finan


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