Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was left in a warehouse for six years at the city’s port. The cabinet has ordered port officials involved in storing or guarding the material since 2014 to be put under house arrest
At least a 100 people have died while thousands have been injured due to the explosion in Beirut that has sent shockwaves around the world. Hospitals were overwhelmed in the city already coping with the COVID-19 pandemic with hospitals only taking in critically injured patients. The number of people dead and injured is said to rise as people are still being found buried under the debris.
A video has gone viral on the internet showing the happiest day in the life of a bride to become one she never forgets, for the wrong reasons. The video shows Israa Seblani showing off her wedding dress in Beirut when the explosion rocked the city’s port. The special moment changed into a mad scramble to get to safety for those in the video.
Actress Zoe Saldana has said famed American jazz singer Nina Simone deserved someone better than her to play the part in the 2016 biopic ’Nina’. Saldana was engulfed in controversy when cast. She was accused of donning blackface, wearing a prosthetic nose and false teeth. ’I should have tried everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman’, she said.
A major explosion in a warehouse in Beirut has led to more than 100 people dying while at least 4,000 have been injured. The explosion has led to President of the United States, Donald Trump to extend his support to Lebanon. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented hours after Trump’s statement in support of Lebanon and reiterated the President’s pledge.
Pubs and restaurants have been shut as visitors have been told to stay away in Aberdeen in order to control the spread of COVID-19. In recent days, the city had accounted for 54 known cases while Scotland recorded 64 new cases in the last 24 hours. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that they could not let their guard drop so as to avoid a surge in cases.
As rescuers continued to search for survivors, health minister Hamad Hassan stated that the number of dead in Beirut’s explosion has risen to at least 135, with around 5,000 injured and tens of people missing. Up to 250,000 people have been left homeless, as well. Lebanon’s cabinet announced a two-week state of emergency in the city. They have ordered port officials to be put under house arrest.
Scientists have revealed the discovery of eleven new colonies of emperor penguins in Antarctica by satellite mapping tech. Researchers say the ’exciting discovery’ means the known population of the birds has swelled by around 5%-10% to more than half a million. It offers an important boost for the future of the species, whose favoured breeding ground is sea ice, vulnerable to climate change.
The US Sec.of health & human services Mr.Azar will lead a delegation on a trip to Taiwan which could fray ties between China & US. He will be the highest-ranking US official to visit since 1979, when US severed its ties with Taiwan and established diplomatic relations with China. However no date has been given for his trip to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China claims as its own territory.
A priest in Beirut was caught on camera during a livestream running for his life through falling glass and debris. The livestream was hosted to allow for Mass to be held during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with some watching from home among the injured. The parish released a message thanking God for saving those within the chapel and praying for the swift recovery of the wounded in Lebanon.
Beirut’s city governor Marwan Abboud estimates that up to 300,000 people have lost their homes following the massive explosion that killed at least 100 people and injured 4,000 others. Abboud added that authorities are working on providing the homeless with food, water and shelter. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has called for a two-week state of emergency.
UK Royal Meghan, won a court battle to keep names of her five friends private for time being as part of her legal action against a British tabloid. Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers over articles in its Mail on Sunday that included parts of a handwritten letter she’d sent to her estranged father. AN argues that the letter was a response based on anonymous interviews with Meghan’s five friends.
An Australian police officer allegedly had her head bashed into concrete by a woman who refused to wear a mask — and police believe she’s part of a growing trend of ’sovereign citizens’. ’This was a particularly violent occurrence but our members have been stood up by smartarses around the state for 5 minutes of fame in front of a camera,’ said Police Association of Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt.
A new clinical guideline in Canada says that obesity should not be defined by the weight of a person but should rather be defined by the health of a person. Doctors have been told to go beyond simply recommending a new diet and exercise to their patients. Doctors have been told to focus on the root cause of the problem instead.
Indian PM Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple in the city of Ayodhya. Construction of the temple was made possible by a verdict last year from the Supreme Court awarding the site to the Hindus. The site in 1992 saw a Hindu mob destroy the 16th-century Babri Mosque on the site, triggering clashes across the country. Hindus believe the site is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
Australia’s Queensland state on Wednesday said it will extend its border closure to New South Wales state to hold back a second wave of COVID-19. It has already shut to Victoria - the center of Australia’s second wave - amid an outbreak in Melbourne. Australia has 18,729 cases and 232 deaths. But Victoria has nearly two-thirds of the country’s cases reporting 725 new infections on Wednesday.
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has been sued by Neil Young as the campaign reportedly used his songs without taking prior permission. The songs have been played at political rallies and events and the rock star claims that copyright laws have been breached by the US President. No comments have yet been provided by the Trump campaign.
Coup 53 examines the role of the MI6 and the CIA to orchestrate the coup that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran. The documentary, by Taghi Amirani, focuses on the role of MI6 officer Norman Darbyshire, who had run a covert operation to reinstate the Shah of Iran as ruler of the country, and how any detail of his involvement was later mysteriously removed.
Demographic fears in Kashmir have risen and amplified as India imposes a new residency law in the region. Domicile certificates have started to be issued to Indians and non-residents, which in turn entitles them to residency rights and government jobs in Kashmir. The move is being regarded as a way to engineer a demographic change in the only Muslim-majority region in India.