Lebanon in ‘state of emergency’ as Beirut blast death toll climbs

  • Toll expected to rise as worker search rubble for missing
  • Beirut mayor says Lebanon in grip of a “catastrophe“
By Reuters ·

Lebanon Hariri tribunal judgement postponed after Beirut blast

  • STL Trial Chamber postponed pronouncement of Judgment in the Ayyash et al. case, from 7 to 18 Aug.
  • Experts and video footage suggest fireworks, ammonium nitrate were the fuel that ignited the explosion
By AFP ·

Beirut blast probe points to bungled storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate

  • Chemical used in fertilisers and bombs stored for six years at the port
  • A source said a fire had started at a warehouse and spread to where ammonium nitrate stored
By Reuters ·

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense rescues hundreds from floods after torrential rain

  • More than 600 people have been provided with shelter
  • The Asir region was the hardest hit
By Arab News ·

Pakistan PM Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India on Kashmir anniversary

  • Solidarity marches were held in all major Pakistani cities to mark the anniversary of New Delhi stripping Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status
  • Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory, has been split since 1947 between India and Pakistan, both of which claim it in full and have fought wars over it
By AFP ·

Egypt and Cyprus to boost Eastern Med gas ties

  • The two countries also progressed talks to build a marine pipeline
  • The pair agreed to hold a further meeting within the next two weeks
By Mohamed Al-Shamaa ·

Why Riyad Mahrez should shed reluctant hero tag and join Arab greats

  • The Algerian winger could be a few weeks away from his crowning glory
  • Beyond his goals, assists and medals, he is one of the most aesthetically pleasing players to watch in the Premier League
By Ali Khaled ·

Malaysian police chief insists Al Jazeera probe ‘professional’

  • The government said the documentary tarnished the image of the country
  • Abdul Hamid said the investigation “will be very transparent”
By AFP ·