http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274027-diab-says-to-propose-early-elections-ready-to-stay-in-post-for-2-monthsPrime Minister Hassan Diab said Saturday he will introduce a draft bill proposing early elections for the crisis-stricken country. In a televised speech, Diab called on all political parties to put their disagreements aside and work together.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274026-execute-them-lebanon-protesters-demand-revenge-after-blast Mock gallows nooses tied to brooms: Lebanese protesters on Saturday clamored for bloody revenge against a leadership they blame for the massive blast that engulfed their capital.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274025-protesters-occupy-foreign-ministry-in-ashrafieh A group of protesters led by retired Lebanese army officers stormed the foreign ministry in Beirut Saturday and declared it the headquarters of the revolution.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274024-beirut-blast-tore-up-thousands-of-homesThe gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Dozens were trapped under the wreckage and those who survived still cannot believe that… [Read more]
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274023-kataeb-bloc-paula-yaacoubian-resign-from-parliamentKataeb party chief MP Sami Gemayel announced on Saturday that his parliamentary bloc decided to resign from parliament following the devastating blast in Beirut. Gemayel made the announcement during the memorial service of Kataeb’s Secretary-General Nazar Najarian who died in… [Read more]
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274023-kataeb-bloc-yaacoubian-resign-after-beirut-blast Kataeb party chief MP Sami Gemayel announced on Saturday that his three-member parliamentary bloc decided to resign from parliament in protest at the Beirut blast widely blamed on government negligence and corruption.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274022-israel-s-lebanon-aid-offer-unlikely-to-find-a-taker For some it’s a gesture of goodwill, to others sheer hypocrisy: Israel’s offer of humanitarian aid to Lebanon after the massive Beirut blast is unlikely to be taken up.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274021-dutch-diplomat-among-dead-in-beirut-blast The Dutch foreign ministry says that the wife of the Netherlands’ ambassador to Lebanon has died of injuries she sustained in the massive blast that hit Beirut earlier this week.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274020-disaster-hit-beirut-braces-for-protests-amid-grief-and-anger Thousands of Lebanese prepared Saturday for a major protest against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274019-lebanese-man-daughter-shot-dead-in-iran-s-capital A Lebanese man and his daughter were shot and killed in northern Tehran by an unknown assailant on Friday night, Iran’s Mehr news agency reported.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274018-turkish-vice-president-leads-delegation-of-top-officials-to-beirut Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay led a delegation of top officials to Beirut on Saturday following the massive deadly explosion in the capital this week.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274018-turkey-offers-help-rebuilding-ruined-beirut-portTurkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay says Ankara is ready to help Lebanon rebuild Beirut’s port and send ambulance planes to evacuate some of the wounded for treatment in Turkish hospitals. Oktay spoke on Saturday to reporters after meeting Lebanese President… [Read more]
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274017-abul-gheit-will-mobilize-arab-assistance-for-lebanon-after-beirut-blast Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit arrived in Beirut on Saturday in a show of solidarity and to discuss assistance for Lebanon after the devastating mega-blast in Beirut that left many dead and tens of families homeless.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274016-more-than-60-still-missing-after-beirut-mega-blast More than 60 people are still missing in Beirut, four days after a massive explosion at the port left more than 150 people dead, a health ministry official said Saturday.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274015-officials-long-warned-of-explosive-chemicals-at-beirut-portAt least 10 times over the past six years, authorities from Lebanon’s customs, military, security agencies and judiciary raised alarm that a massive stockpile of explosive chemicals was being kept with almost no safeguard at the port in the heart… [Read more]
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274014-trump-to-join-beirut-donor-conference-call-sunday President Donald Trump said Friday that he would take part in an international conference call for donors organizing aid for Lebanon after the giant explosion in Beirut.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274013-owner-of-cruise-ship-sunk-by-beirut-blast-sues The Lebanese owner of a cruise ship that was sunk by the huge explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut is filing a lawsuit, the National News Agency said Friday.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274012-who-scrambles-to-resupply-lebanon-with-virus-aid-after-blast The World Health Organization is scrambling to deploy $1.7 million worth of personal protective equipment to Beirut after 17 containers filled with supplies for the COVID-19 response were destroyed in this week’s massive explosion.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274011-seething-volunteers-oust-ministers-from-ravaged-beirut-districts Two Lebanese ministers who tried to visit Beirut neighborhoods ravaged by the deadly blast at the city’s port were chased out by seething volunteers clearing up debris in the days after the cataclysmic explosion.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274010-ambitious-macron-wants-aid-and-change-for-battered-lebanon French President Emmanuel Macron has set the bar high in its strategy on Lebanon after the port blast that devastated Beirut, upping the pressure on the country’s political elite by not just promising aid but also demanding radical reform.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274009-nasrallah-denies-storing-arms-at-beirut-port-calls-for-benefiting-from-int-l-support Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday categorically and strongly denied the presence of any arms or ammonium nitrate belonging to Hizbullah at the site of the deadly mega-blast that rocked Beirut’s port and devastated parts of the capital.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274008-aoun-argues-against-int-l-probe-in-port-blast-vows-accountability-truth President Michel Aoun on Friday said calls for an international probe into the catastrophic blast that rocked Beirut’s port are aimed at “distorting the truth,” as he said the disaster was caused by either negligence or an attack.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274007-saudis-send-two-planes-filled-with-aid-to-beirut Saudi Arabia has sent two planes to Lebanon carrying more than 120 tons of medicine, medical devices, emergency supplies, tents, shelter kits and food items for people in Beirut affected by the massive explosion this week.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274006-first-arrests-made-after-beirut-blastInvestigation into the huge blast in Beirut made its first arrests with authorities saying 16 people had been detained, according to Friday reports. With destruction from the blast extending over half of the capital and the damage expected to cost… [Read more]
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274005-rescuers-scour-beirut-blast-zone-as-first-arrests-made Rescuers combed through the rubble of Beirut port Friday in a search for survivors watched breathlessly by relatives of the missing, after an investigation into the huge blast made its first arrests.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274005-rescuers-recover-more-bodies-days-after-beirut-blast Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut’s port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon’s capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274004-abul-gheit-could-visit-beirut-this-week Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit reportedly will visit Beirut on Saturday following a cataclysmic blast that ravaged central Beirut, MTV TV station said on Friday.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274003-interior-minister-threatens-to-quit Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi said on Thursday that he plans to step down from his post if names of those responsible for the mega Beirut port blast were not disclosed at the end of the five-day investigation deadline, al-Joumhouria… [Read more]
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274002-lebanon-ambassador-to-jordan-tracy-chamoun-resigns-over-govt-negligenceLebanon’s ambassador to Jordan Thursday announced her resignation, following a cataclysmic blast that ravaged central Beirut, saying ‘total negligence’ by the country’s authorities signalled the need for a leadership change. It is the second resignation by a Lebanese official since… [Read more]