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More than 25 killed and over 2,500 injured in Beirut blast, says health minister

Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir. BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s health minister said more than 25 people had been killed and over 2,500 injured in a massive explosion in Beirut port area on Tuesday that rippled through the capital. Speaking in remarks broadcast live on TV channels, he initially said more than 30 people had been killed and over 3,000 injured. The head ... Full story

Massive explosion rocks Beirut, at least 50 reported dead

LONDON -- Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was rocked by a massive explosion on Tuesday evening, with footage from the ground showing significant damage and plumes of smoke rising above the city. Two explosions occurred in Beirut's port, according to the Agence France-Presse. Firefighters were seen battling flames at the scene of the blast, which was a warehouse, officials said. It is not yet known what caused the explosions. The Lebanese health ... Full story

Virgin Atlantic Airways seeks U.S. Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd is seeking protection from creditors in the United States under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which allows a foreign debtor to shield assets in this country, according to a court filing on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Virgin Atlantic and TUI Airways aircraft are seen at Manchester Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Manchester, Britain, June 8, 2020. ... Full story

Israel offers aid to Lebanon after blast, Israeli ministers say

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at the Chagall Hall in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem May 24, 2020. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS. JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has offered humanitarian assistance to Lebanon after a massive explosion rocked its capital Beirut on Tuesday, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said. “Israel has approached Lebanon through international ... Full story

Edward Hopper and American Solitude

I’ve been thinking a lot about Edward Hopper . So have other stay-at-homes, I notice online. The visual bard of American solitude—not loneliness, a maudlin projection—speaks to our isolated states these days with fortuitous poignance. But he is always doing that, pandemic or no pandemic. Aloneness is his great theme, symbolizing America: insecure selfhoods in a country that is only abstractly a nation. “E pluribus unum,” a magnificent ideal, ... Full story

Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline

Obesity should be defined by a person's health - not just their weight, says a new Canadian clinical guideline. It also advises doctors to go beyond simply recommending diet and exercise. Instead, they should focus on the root causes of weight gain and take a holistic approach to health. The guideline, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Tuesday, specifically admonished weight-related stigma against patients in ... Full story

Mexico details capture of capo who 'never slept two nights in the same place'

Members of the federal forces flank Jose Antonio Yepez, known as "el Marro" (The Mallet), boss of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, after being captured early Sunday in the Franco Tavera village, in Guanajuato, Mexico August 2, 2020. Picture taken August 2, 2020. Guanajuato Attorney General's Office/Handout via REUTERS. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - After receiving a tip that one of Mexico’s top crime bosses never slept at the same place for two nights ... Full story

The spread of covid-19 in the South shows the risks of anti-intellectualism

After initially striking the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, covid-19 has spread throughout the country, and now the states with the highest new cases per capita are those across the South and Southwest. The Bible Belt, which stretches from South Carolina, through the Deep South, west across Texas and Arizona, has seen high numbers of cases. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. And although the United States has seen cases everywhere, ... Full story

Highly-explosive material blew up in Beirut port, says interior minister

A damaged vehicle is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir. DUBAI (Reuters) - Lebanon’s interior minister said the cause of the explosion that rocked the capital Beirut on Tuesday would be determined in an investigation but that initial information indicated highly-explosive material had blown up, his office said in a statement. Separately Al Mayadeen television cited Lebanon’s customs ... Full story

Chaos and destruction in Beirut after blast - BBC News

Image caption The area near Beirut's port felt the full force of the explosion. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is reeling from a huge blast, which has killed dozens, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction in the city. There are reports that the blast could be felt hundreds of kilometres away in Cyprus. Officials blame the blast on several thousand tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored in a warehouse for six years. It is not clear ... Full story

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