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Lebanon’s aftermath

International | France offers its assistance to the shellshocked citizens of Beirut
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/06/20, 04:28 pm

LEBANON: France is taking a lead among Western nations, with the United States making tentative (my take) offers of help in the wake of Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion in Beirut. The official death toll stands at 137, with more than 5,000 injured and at least 350,000 made homeless in a blast triggered by a fire that exploded nearly 3,000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate at the city’s port.

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Melbourne’s bad day

International | Officials call for additional restrictions in Australia’s second-largest city because of COVID-19
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/03/20, 01:05 pm

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne is under a state of emergency with business closures added to a nighttime curfew, as the country’s second-largest city tries to restrain the spread of the coronavirus. Overnight Saturday, 13 people died of COVID-19.

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Eid on lockdown

International | The Muslim holiday begins as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/30/20, 07:17 pm

SAUDI ARABIA: Celebrations for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim “feast of sacrifice,” began on Thursday amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the Middle East. Mosques are widely closed and many countries are restricting in-home gatherings.

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