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Michael Downey
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Maria Abi-Habib 18h
A US Embassy cable obtained by NYT reveals that an American contractor found the ammonium nitrate years ago. The cable then goes on to wonder whether fireworks—or ammunition—caused the larger blast, casting doubt on the government’s narrative.
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Lindsey Hilsum 15h
Kenyan women and children abandoned on the street outside their consulate in Beirut. No work, nowhere to live, no help to go home from their diplomats. ⁦⁩ ⁦
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Richard Hall 16h
This by is such an important piece. Beirutis are going to face a fight to ensure the city's reconstruction isn't hijacked by the very people who caused the destruction in the first place.
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Tamer El-Ghobashy 15h
Malcolm Kerr would probably cringe at having his name uttered by Friedman this way in this silly column.
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Michael Downey 15h
Earlier next to port people gathered for a candlelight vigil and march to honor those killed in the explosion one week ago.
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Michael Downey 17h
People gather near port before a candlelight vigil marking one week since the explosions and those who lost their lives.
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Gregg Carlstrom 20h
Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one can say. A search for responsibility becomes "an intricate tale of missing documentation, secrecy and a web of small, obscure companies that span the globe."
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Liliane Landor 21h
government resignations have not abated the anger over Beirut explosion. reports for with and on camera.
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Zeina Khodr 23h
officials estimated 70,000 houses damaged/destroyed in the Beirut blast
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Jawad 🦉 Aug 10
This is how ammonium nitrate is stored in Jordan. It's stored in a desert, with 40 sqkm of nothing around it, 70 km away from the capital Amman, and protected with cement and steel, so that if one stock explodes, it doesn't affect the other ones around it.
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Lizzie Porterلِيزي بورتر Aug 10
For god's sake. The cloud was brown-red colour because of nitrogen oxides formed during the explosion - this is from a research chemist with 4 decades of experience.
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Liz Sly Aug 10
The volunteer clean-up in Beirut’s Gemmayze neighborhood has been incredible. A few days ago you could barely walk on this street for piles of broken glass & debris. Those guys were handing out free coffee to the final cleaners
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Bryan Denton Aug 10
PLEASE SHARE: For The Love of Beirut-a collaborative print sale of images of with some amazing photographers participating. All proceeds are being donated to the Lebanese Red Cross. Link in bio.
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Dani Isdale Aug 10
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Lindsey Hilsum Aug 10
A government falls, but the system remains in place. Our ⁦⁩ piece from . With ⁦⁩ ⁦
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Michael Downey Aug 10
Though PM Diab has resigned, many we spoke to today say it’s a small step, that the same rotten political system, parties & corrupt leaders are in place. Will new elections bring enough opposition parties to make reforms? & will protesters be able to organize politically to win?
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Lindsey Hilsum Aug 10
Announcing his resignation, Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that the system of corruption is greater than the state. That's quite an admission.
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Timour Azhari Aug 10
: PM Hassan Diab resigns, says “God protect Lebanon” three times in a row at the end of his speech.
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Michael Downey Aug 10
Replying to @mgdowney
Parliament will now have to put forth someone to vote on to replace him and then the cabinet will follow.
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Michael Downey Aug 10
Prime Minister Diab has officially resigned, and with that so goes his government.
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