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Lebanese port blast investigator formally told he is removed

BEIRUT (AP) — The prosecutor investigating last year’s massive blast in Beirut was formally notified Friday that he would no longer lead an enquiry into last year’s deadly port explosion, state-run Lebanon’s National News Agency reported. Thursday’s decision by the country’s highest court to remove Investigating Judge Fadi Sawwan came after legal challenges by senior … Read more

Lebanon court asks port blast lead investigator to step down

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s highest court on Thursday asked the chief prosecutor investigating last year’s massive Beirut port explosion to step down, following legal challenges by senior officials he had accused of negligence that led to the blast, a judicial official and the country’s official news agency said. The Court of Cassation called for a … Read more

Fuel tanker blast causes massive fire at Afghan-Iran border

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A fuel tanker exploded Saturday at the Islam Qala crossing in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on the Iranian border, injuring at least seven people and causing a massive fire that consumed more than 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel, according to Afghan officials and Iranian state media. It wasn’t immediately … Read more

Lebanese ex-army chief testifies in Beirut port blast probe

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former army chief told the lead investigator of last year’s massive Beirut port blast on Thursday that he had recommended, years before the explosion, that tons of seized ammonium nitrate stored there be sold privately or sent back to importers. The military had no use for the volatile chemical, testified Jean … Read more

Beirut Blast: Middle East Christian TV Broadcaster Launches Special Programming

Satellite network SAT-7 offers reassurance, prayers with live program ‘Lebanon: The Pain and Hope’ HEALING AFTER BEIRUT BLAST: The only Arabic Christian television broadcaster in Lebanon is airing special live programming, reassuring shell-shocked viewers after an explosion in the capital Beirut killed at least 113 people and injured more than 4,000 yesterday. Satellite network SAT-7 … Read more