Associated Press/Photo by Hussein Malla

Beirut ablaze again

International | As a local pastor trusts God to see his congregation through recovery efforts
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/10/20, 11:19 am

LEBANON: A massive fire broke out Thursday at Beirut’s port near the site of an explosion last month that leveled a third of the city. About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Lebanese army said it is tires and oil burning and sent helicopters to help douse the blaze. Beirut residents said they were instructed to close windows due to smoke, but they feared having them shut due to the possibility of an explosion.

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Africa’s locust outbreak to worsen

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/10/20, 12:26 pm

A second wave of locusts, up to 20 times the size of the one plaguing East Africa now, is expected to hit several countries in the region in the coming months. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, and South Sudan are battling the worst locust outbreak in 70 years. Favorable breeding conditions in May likely will trigger a new round of swarms during the start of the harvest season in late June and July, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization said on Wednesday.

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Coronavirus prevention and prayer

International | Chinese officials may be underreporting the spread of the disease
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/03/20, 03:59 pm

CHINA: As of Sunday officials reported 5,142 people infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, the locked-down city where the outbreak began. But researchers said the rate of outbreak suggests the virus is spreading much faster than Chinese officials are reporting, and cases in Wuhan may top 75,000.

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