Lebanon detains 16 in probe of Beirut port blast

Lebanese army soldiers stand guard in front of destroyed ships at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday. (AP)
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Updated 06 August 2020

Lebanon detains 16 in probe of Beirut port blast

  • uthorities had so far questioned more than 18 port and customs officials

BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities have taken into custody 16 individuals as part of an investigation into the Beirut port warehouse explosion that shook the capital, state news agency NNA said on Thursday.
It quoted Judge Fadi Akiki, a government representative at the military court, as saying authorities had so far questioned more than 18 port and customs officials and individuals responsible for or involved in maintenance work at the warehouse housing highly explosive material that blew up.
"Sixteen people have been taken into custody as part of the investigation," NNA quoted Akiki as saying, without naming the individuals. He said the investigation was continuing.


Another Arab country expected to sign deal with Israel soon says US envoy

Updated 37 min 10 sec ago

Another Arab country expected to sign deal with Israel soon says US envoy

  • The US plans to bring more countries into the deal
  • Donald Trump told world leaders earlier this week that he ‘has never been more optimistic’ about the future of the Middle East.

DUBAI: Another Arab country is expected to sign a peace deal with Israel this week, US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft told Al Arabiya on Wednesday.
The US ambassador’s comments came a week after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a deal with Israel to normalize ties, known as the Abraham Accords. 
Craft explained that the US planned to bring more countries into the deal. 
“We will have more being announced very soon,” Craft said, claiming that one country would be signing a deal with Israel “in the next day or two.”
“I know others are going to be following,” the senior US diplomat said. 
Donald Trump told world leaders earlier this week that he “has never been more optimistic” about the future of the Middle East.
In his address to the UN General Assembly, the US president trumpeted his foreign policy achievements, particularly in the regions.