As Lebanon’s Crisis Deepens, Lines for Fuel Grow, and Food and Medicine Are Scarce

The World Bank said the financial crisis could rank among the world’s three worst since the mid-1800s. The currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value and unemployment has skyrocketed.

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Lebanon Removes Judge Investigating Beirut Blast

The removal of Judge Fadi Sawan, who had been investigating the port explosion for months, was a setback to those seeking justice for the deadly blast that tore through Beirut.

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Prominent Lebanese Critic of Hezbollah Is Killed

Lokman Slim was a rare Shiite Muslim who openly criticized the extremist group for its militancy in Lebanon and the Middle East. He was found dead in a car with multiple bullet wounds.

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Isaac Shoshan, Israeli Spy Who Posed as an Arab, Is Dead at 96

A Syrian-born Jew, he took part in early undercover operations, including bombings, and later taught “generations” of Israeli agents.

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Lebanese Officials Try to Limit Inquiry Into Deadly Beirut Blast

Months after a huge explosion in Beirut’s port, the investigation has become mired in politics as powerful forces band together to block efforts to hold leaders accountable.

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Lebanon Prime Minister Charged With Negligence in Beirut Blast

An investigating judge named the caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, a suspect, a significant step toward holding the top levels of power accountable in the August explosion that killed 200.

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The Beirut Blast Shattered Her Masterpieces. Now, the Rebuilding Starts.

Over three decades as Lebanon’s premier stained-glass artist, Maya Husseini advanced a fragile medium in a country prone to violent shocks. Then came the big one.

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‘Call Me a Dreamer’: A Shattered Beirut Neighborhood Rebuilds

Many worry that a full recovery won’t be possible, but residents of one of Beirut’s most diverse and cosmopolitan areas are moving back in and trying to repair the damage from the August explosion.

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New Fire Erupts in Beirut Port, Weeks After Devastating Blast

Videos taken at the scene showed flames engulfing an already damaged warehouse in the port and a thick plume of smoke rising from the area.

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Searchers Find No Sign of Survivor in Beirut Rubble

The searchers said there were no new indications that anyone was alive in the rubble of a historic house that was destroyed by the blast, despite possible signs of life reported earlier.

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Rescue Dog and Hopes of a Miracle Captivate Ravaged Beirut

A search squad from Chile and its dog Flash discovered what appeared to be a heartbeat underneath debris from the Aug. 4 port blast.

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Lebanon Taps a New Prime Minister Amid Swirling Crises

The country’s president has designated a diplomat, Mustafa Adib, to form a government that must address an economic meltdown and the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.

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Eye on Beirut, Senegal Port Rushes to Truck Away Tons of Ammonium Nitrate

After nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate caused a devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, the West African nation of Senegal discovered the same amount sitting in its port in Dakar.

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Desperate to Leave Beirut, Young Lebanese Are Also the Ones Fixing It

The young people leading the huge volunteer effort after the recent blast are bringing hope, but have lost it themselves. “I want to at least have Beirut on its feet before I go,” one said.

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The Israel-U.A.E. Deal and the Beirut Blast Both Box in Iran

With Arab neighbors more worried about Iran than Israel, is Tehran losing the battle for influence in the region?

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Beirut’s Shiites Like the Idea of Change, but Like Hezbollah More

In a Shiite stronghold, people agree that the political system is dysfunctional and needs replacing, but not if that means Hezbollah ceding its power.

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Lebanon’s Parliament Confirms State of Emergency, Extending Army Power

Parliamentary approval of the measures for Beirut, which last until Aug. 21 but can be renewed, has raised concerns about civil liberties.

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Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon?

Chronic corruption must be rooted out.

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Beirut’s Youngest Cancer Patients Lose Care Options After Blast

Many children undergoing chemotherapy in Lebanon now have nowhere to turn for treatment after an explosion destroyed hospitals and wiped out medicine stockpiles.

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U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

An American contractor spotted and reported the potential danger at least four years ago, but U.S. officials denied they were aware of the findings until last week, after the blast.

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Lebanon’s Government Set to Resign, Minister Announces, After Beirut Blast

Cabinet members are expected to step down amid anger over the devastating explosion last week in Beirut, according to the country’s health minister.

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Beirut Blast Hit 3 Disparate Neighborhoods. Now They’re United in Rage.

The demands for a change in Lebanon’s leadership are growing louder.

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Macron Urges World Leaders to Speed Aid to Lebanon After Explosions

The vow to accelerate help, made during a video call with other heads of state, comes amid furious demonstrations in Beirut against the Lebanese government.

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After Beirut Explosion, Protests Erupt as Lebanon’s Anger Boils Over

The demonstration was fueled by fury over the corruption and negligence of the country’s ruling elite. Security forces fired tear gas to push back the protesters.

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As Lebanon Reels, Long-Awaited Hariri Assassination Verdicts Loom

A U.N.-backed court will soon pronounce verdicts in a 15-year-old bombing in Beirut that roiled the Middle East. But critics say the court’s protracted deliberations and huge expense have undermined its original purpose.

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Beirut on the Potomac

The American spirit gets a Lebanese makeover.

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Lebanon Faces Humanitarian Crisis After Beirut Explosion, U.N. Says

The United Nations warning came as President Michel Aoun said the investigation into the deadly explosion in Beirut would examine if “external interference” played a role.

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A Promising Life Is Cut Short, Becoming a Symbol of Lebanon’s Heartache

Sahar Fares, a 24-year-old paramedic, was planning her wedding. Instead, her family held her funeral after she died in the explosion that tore through Beirut.

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‘Now You Are Going to Die’: Beirut Bride Recounts Moment of Blast [Video]

Israa Seblani was posing for her wedding video when the camera captured the instant a deadly blast tore through the city.

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Beirut Bride’s Wedding Video Records Explosion

Israa Seblani was posing for her wedding video when the camera captured the instant a deadly blast tore through the city.

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After Beirut Explosion, Funerals and Fury

International rescue teams raced to Lebanon to help in the search for survivors of a huge explosion. But with evidence that government negligence played a role, public anger swelled.

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The Day That Shook Beirut

Our reporter in the Lebanese capital was injured in the huge blast. This is what happened to her when “everything seemed to come apart.”

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Blame for Beirut Explosion Begins With a Leaky, Troubled Ship

The bleak tale of an indebted cargo vessel and its disgruntled crew is where a story of chronic negligence starts. It ended Tuesday in a giant explosion.

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As Smoke Clears in Beirut, Shock Turns to Anger

As residents picked up the pieces, many saw the explosion as the culmination of years of mismanagement and neglect by Lebanon’s political leaders.

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What Is Ammonium Nitrate, Blamed in the Beirut Explosion?

In ordinary circumstances, ammonium nitrate is fertilizer. But when placed under stress of heat and pressure, it acts like a bomb.

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The Beirut Explosions: It Sounded Like the World Was Breaking Open

After the explosions at the Beirut port, an immense rage rises against the corrupt and incompetent political class that has ruled for so long.

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What Footage of the Beirut Explosion Tells Us About the Blast

The videos offer clues into the blast’s cause and the strength of its destructive power.

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Beirut Digs for Survivors as Death Toll in Explosion Rises: Live Updates

Angry Lebanese are demanding accountability for the mishandling of explosive material that detonated, killing more than 100 people. Some 300,000 people are displaced from their homes.

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Lebanon’s Explosion Is Down to Incompetence

Yesterday’s explosion, which destroyed Beirut’s port, much of the city and countless lives, was the result of business as usual.

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What Caused the Beirut Explosion? What We Know

More than 100 people were killed, and the second blast was felt in Cyprus. An investigation and a search for survivors are underway.

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After Deadly Beirut Explosion, a Search for Answers and Survivors: Live Updates

Rescue workers dug through rubble searching for survivors as fires continued to burn in the Lebanese capital, where an explosion killed more than 100 and injured thousands.

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Beirut Explosion: ‘I Was Bloodied and Dazed. Beirut Strangers Treated Me Like a Friend.’

In a land conditioned by calamity, people knew what to do, including helping wounded people they didn’t know.

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Blasts Rock Beirut, Killing Dozens and Wounding Thousands

The cause remained unclear hours later. But officials in the Lebanese capital said 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate had been stored in a depot at the center of the explosion.

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