Lebanese Protesters Clash With Army Near Presidential Palace

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese soldiers on Saturday fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration. Tension is high in Lebanon following last month’s devastating explosion at Beirut’s port that killed nearly 200 people, and after another mysterious and huge blaze at the same site Thursday. The Aug. 4 explosion was caused by the detonation of nearly three thousand tons of ammonium nitrates that …

Another Belarus opposition politician is taken away by masked men

Maxim Znak, legal adviser and a member of the Coordination Council presidium of the Belarusian opposition, takes part in a press conference given by the coordination council of the Belarusian opposition. Natalia Fedosenko | TASS | Getty Images Belarusian opposition politician Maxim Znak was detained on Wednesday by masked men wearing plain clothes, the Interfax news agency cited his allies as saying. Znak’s reported detention followed the similar disappearance on Monday of Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass …

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at age 84

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior leader of India’s opposition Congress party, has died August 31, 2020, 1:05 PM • 1 min read NEW DELHI — Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior leader of India’s opposition Congress party, has died. He was 84. Mukherjee had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain on Aug. 10 at New Delhi’s Army Hospital Research and Referral. The hospital said he tested positive for COVID-19 after the surgery and his condition was …

Chinese authorities say death toll rises to 29 in collapse of two-story restaurant in northern province

By The Associated Press August 30, 2020, 1:31 AM • 1 min read BEIJING — Chinese authorities say death toll rises to 29 in collapse of two-story restaurant in northern province. Top Stories Chinese authorities say death toll rises to 29 in collapse of two-story restaurant in northern province 2 hours ago Massachusetts governor activates up to 1,000 National Guard members Aug 29, 6:14 PM Former pool attendant details alleged relationship with Becki and Jerry Falwell Jr. Aug 28, 1:48 …

China tightens tech export controls potentially jeopardizing TikTok deal, reports say

The TikTok app icon sits displayed on a smartphone in front the national flags of China and the U.S. in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Hollie Adams | Bloomberg | Getty Images An updated export rule from China could jeopardize the sale of TikTok’s  U.S. operations, according to reports published Saturday in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.  According to the reports, China updated its export control rules to incorporate technology that could include TikTok, a claim …

UAE ends boycott of Israel, permits economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates flew its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images The president of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree canceling a law on boycotting Israel and allowing trade and financial agreements between …

Taliban set powerful negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks

The top Taliban negotiator says the group’s chief has finalized a negotiating team that will have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations By KATHY GANNON Associated Press August 23, 2020, 6:41 PM 3 min read ISLAMABAD — The Taliban‘s chief has finalized a negotiating team that is to have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, the top Taliban negotiator told The Associated Press on Sunday. Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada hand-picked the 20-member team, 13 of whom come from the …

These Before And After Photos Show The Damage In Beirut After The Massive Explosion

Dozens of people were killed and thousands more injured after a gigantic explosion tore through Beirut on Tuesday, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and devastating a nation facing political and economic crises, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.   Lebanese authorities have said they suspect the disaster was caused by almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate being stored unsafely at a warehouse at a port in the capital city. The force of the explosion was estimated by scientists at the University of …