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Beirut explosion news โ€“ latest: At least 100 dead and 4,000 injured as Lebanon port officials recount warnings ammonium nitrate stockpile would 'blow up entire city'

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Beirut explosion: France's Macron promises foreign aid won't fall into 'corrupt hands' as outrage mounts over negligent Lebanon 'regime'

As outraged protesters gathered in central Beirut on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron assured that foreign aid dollars would not fall into corrupt hands on the second day since a massive explosion devastated the Lebanese capital, leaving so far at least 157 dead and 5,000 injured.
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'I donโ€™t want to live in Lebanon anymore': Family looks for escape after Beirut explosion

Pediatrician Rawane Dagher Tawileh and her husband Philippe Tawileh had been considering leaving Lebanon to come to Canada for months before a massive explosion ripped through the port of nearby Beirut, and now say they want out.
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Beirut Blast: How does yield of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate compare against Halifax explosion, Hiroshima bombing?

According to the Lebanese authorities, the blast was caused by improper storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which is equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of TNT. The Halifax Explosion in 1917 involved 2,653 tonnes of various explosives while the Hiroshima bomb was equivalent to 13,000 tonnes of TNT.
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Beirut blasts stoke coronavirus fears as hospitals are overwhelmed

"There is no doubt that our immunity in the country is less than before the explosion and this will affect us medium- to long-term. We desperately need aid," doctor says.
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French President Macron arrives in Beirut to express support following massive explosion
French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Beirut to express support for Lebanon in the wake of a massive explosion that tore through the capital earlier this week.
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Ammonium Nitrate: What is This Chemical Culprit Behind the Deadly Beirut Blast
More than 4,000 people were severely injured and at least 100 fatalities in the chemical blast in Beirut, Lebanon. The blastโ€™s genesis was initially a big question, but investigators have narrowed it down to a common fertilizer which is also an ingredient for making bombs - Ammonium nitrate.
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Negligence razed Beirut? Ammonium nitrate came from abandoned ship, left in port for six years after it was seized
Officials meeting at Lebanon's Supreme Defence Council on Wednesday said that the stockpile of the chemical - which was seized from an abandoned ship and stored at the Beirut airport for over six years - was behind the devastating explosion.
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