Beirut blast: The inferno and the mystery ship

Published: 2020-08-07 23:22:24 UTC

[BBC News] On 4 August, a massive blast devastated the Beirut port area. A huge store of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse is thought to have been the cause of the explosion. Who knew about the dangerous cargo and who is to blame for the destruction it unleashed?

Behind the Beirut Explosion: Seven Years of Official Neglect

Published: 2020-08-07 23:13:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] Attempts to move 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate out of the city’s port became mired in Lebanon’s bureaucracy

Beirut explosion: Survivors recount the moment disaster struck

Published: 2020-08-07 22:40:00 UTC

[Al Jazeera English] Ten survivors recall the minutes before and after the massive Beirut port explosion that killed more than 150 people.

US State Dept asks Saudi Arabia about ex-spy's detained children

Published: 2020-08-07 22:11:00 UTC

[Al Jazeera English] Two children and a brother of former Saudi intelligence officer Saad al-Jabri were detained in the kingdom in March.

Congress' last-ditch talks on virus stimulus fail

Published: 2020-08-07 21:45:27 UTC

[BBC News] With benefits expired for millions of unemployed and mass evictions looming, Congress goes on holiday.

China, Russia and Iran 'undermining' US election

Published: 2020-08-07 21:32:45 UTC

[BBC News] Russia wants a second term for President Trump while China does not, a US intelligence chief says.

How Tim Cook Made Apple His Own

Published: 2020-08-07 21:01:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] The industrial engineer has turned Steve Jobs’s creation into a corporate colossus, delivering one of the most lucrative business successions in history

AT&T’s WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar Ousts HBO Max’s Top Leadership

Published: 2020-08-07 20:46:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] The moves upend the structure Mr. Kilar’s predecessor John Stankey had set up before ascending to chief executive of AT&T last month

Canada's last intact ice shelf collapses due to warming

Published: 2020-08-07 19:38:03 UTC

[Associated Press] Much of Canada's remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said.Canada's 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf...

Q&A: What's up with Trump's orders on TikTok and WeChat?

Published: 2020-08-07 19:34:47 UTC

[Associated Press] NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security,...

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

Published: 2020-08-07 19:05:14 UTC

[Associated Press] JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius declared a “state of environmental emergency” late Friday after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling...

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

Published: 2020-08-07 18:56:06 UTC

[Associated Press] WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that...

US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

Published: 2020-08-07 18:32:44 UTC

[Associated Press] NEW YORK (AP) — Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control...

Canada answers US aluminium tariffs with its own

Published: 2020-08-07 18:20:10 UTC

[BBC News] The retaliatory move comes after Canada's deputy prime minister promised a "dollar for dollar" fight

At Least 11 Dead After Air India Plane Overshoots Runway in Southern India

Published: 2020-08-07 16:39:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] Boeing 737 craft was carrying 190 people from Dubai to Calicut

Susan Rice Sells Netflix Shares as Biden Eyes Her as Possible Running Mate

Published: 2020-08-07 16:23:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] Biden is expected to announce decision next week; Rice spokeswoman says stock sale ‘has nothing to do with V.P. speculation’

Coronavirus-Aid Talks Teeter Amid Lack of Progress

Published: 2020-08-07 16:21:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] White House officials said they were preparing to move forward with executive orders on jobless aid, evictions if no deal emerges soon

Covid-19 Pandemic Triggers Wave of Long-Term Unemployment

Published: 2020-08-07 16:18:00 UTC

[The Wall Street Journal] Numbers of people unemployed between 15 and 26 weeks rose to record high in July

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

Published: 2020-08-07 15:55:23 UTC

[Associated Press] NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the...

US sanctions Hong Kong's Carrie Lam over protest crackdown

Published: 2020-08-07 15:53:00 UTC

[Al Jazeera English] Lam and 10 other individuals were blacklisted under an executive order issued by President Trump last month.

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