An oil tanker exploded near Sierra Leone’s capital, killing at least 92 people and severely injuring dozens of others after large crowds gathered to collect leaking fuel, officials and witnesses said Saturday. The explosion took place late Friday after a bus struck the tanker in Wellington, a suburb just to the east of Freetown. TheContinue reading “Oil tanker explodes in Sierra Leone, killing at least 92”
Aoun, Hezbollah diverge over port blast probe Geagea wins Christian sympathy over Beirut violence-analysts Christian seats are main battleground in 2022 vote Worsening sectarian tensions in Lebanon are testing an alliance between Shi’ite Hezbollah and its Christian ally President Michel Aoun, who may lose ground to their rivals as they step up opposition to theContinue reading “Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance”
Armed clashes have broken out in Beirut during a protest, people were seen protesting against the lead judge who was investigating the last year’s massive blast in the city’s port.
Explosion heard near Kabul airport amid attack warnings. US forces fly out last evacuees from the Afghan capital amid warnings of a ‘specific, credible threat’ at the airport.
An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in Germany killed at least one person Tuesday, with 16 injured and four still missing. Fire officials who tested the air said there did not appear to be a danger to nearby residents after authorities initially urged people to shelter inside. The explosion at the wasteContinue reading “1 person dead, 4 still missing in German chemical explosion”
Message boards in train stations show cancellations though rail operator denies disruptions Websites of Iran’s transport and urbanisation ministry went out of service on Saturday after a “cyber-disruption” in computer systems, the official IRNA news agency reported. On Friday, Iran’s railways also appeared to come under cyber-attack, with messages about alleged train delays or cancellationsContinue reading “‘Cyber-attack’ hits Iran’s transport ministry and railways”
World Bank has called Lebanon’s crisis one of worst depressions of modern history as half of population lives in poverty. Lebanon is a few days away from a “social explosion”, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab has warned, calling on the international community to save a country in deep economic crisis. The World Bank has calledContinue reading “Lebanon days away from ‘social explosion’, PM Diab warns”
At least nine people, most of whom were children, have been killed after a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, regional officials said Tuesday. The victims at Kazan’s School No. 175 some 820 kilometers east of Moscow include one teacher, one female school employee and seven eighth-grade studentsContinue reading “At Least 9 Dead in Russia School Shooting”
Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days, killing at least five people on Sunday, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis. The protests, after a spell of dwindling crowds and what appeared to be more restraint by the security forces, wereContinue reading “Several dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters calling for ‘spring revolution’”
After a blast of historic proportions at Beirut’s port last year, Lebanon only escaped a second chemical inferno by chance, the German company clearing the dockside has said. Michael Wentler, a chemical expert managing Combi Lift’s Beirut operation, said thousands of litres of dangerous substances stored in decaying containers for more than a decade atContinue reading “Beirut was ‘lucky’, says German firm clearing blast-hit port”