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Beirut explosion: How chemicals abandoned by a Russian businessman triggered a devastating blast felt as far as Cyprus

 Authorities have hinted at poor storage of explosive material left after a ship was seized in 2014.

Beirut, Aug.5.– The timer was ticking from six years ago, when 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were taken from an impounded ship and stored in the port of Beirut. It was a massive bomb just waiting to go off; a disaster equivalent to an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.

At least 100 are dead and an astonishing 4,000 are injured in a catastrophe in one of the Middle East’s greatest cities. About 300,000 more are homeless.

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St. Louis Couple Charged for Wielding Guns Moves to Disqualify Prosecutor

A mob of some 300 people screaming, shouting and playing drums broke into a private community and some of them advanced toward the McCloskeys' home as seen in the picture. The McCloskeys stepped out of their home brandishing firearms. See the video analysis of what really happened at the foot of this report."

St. Louis, July 30.– The couple charged with a felony for standing outside their home with firearms moved this week to disqualify St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner after she allegedly referenced the case against the couple in campaign emails.

Gardner, a Democrat, charged the McCloskeys last week with felony unlawful use of a weapon for brandishing firearms as Black Lives Matter protesters congregated in front of their home.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest,” she said in a statement.

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VGP - Preliminary epidemiological investigation showed that four out of five Covid-19 cases confirmed over the past weekend are linked to three hospitals in the central city of Da Nang.

The above news was released by experts at the meeting of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control this morning.

These health facilities, as the experts said, are Da Nang Hospital, Da Nang Hospital C, and Da Nang Orthopedic and Physical Rehabilitation Hospital.

To prevent the spread of the disease, experts suggested all people who return home from Da Nang and are linked to the aforesaid hospitals must be quarantined for 14 days while health declaration must be mandatory for the others.

Genome analsysis showed that this is a new type of Covid-19, which is more infectious, said Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.

Read more: VGP/News

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IAEA: ‘Things will be bad’ if Iran keeps denying inspectors access

July 21.– United Nations’ (UN) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief said ‘things will be bad’ for Iran inspectors are denied access to suspected nuclear sites by the end of July, i24 News reported.

IAEA’s Director-General Rafael Grossi expressed his concern for Iran’s refusal to allow access and said it was an “absolute necessity for us to resolve this issue very soon”, adding that Iran should grant his inspectors access.

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Vietnam, Philippines criticise Chinese military drills in South China Sea

The Philippines said China’s exercises near the Paracel Islands were ‘highly provocative’ while Vietnam said they violate its sovereignty

Hanoi and Manila warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at an Asean summit last week, amid concerns that China is advancing its territorial claims

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to China to oppose exercises that “seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty”


Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China’s holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, warning it could create tension in the region and affect Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were “highly provocative”, while Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be “detrimental” to Beijing’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan’s Maritime Safety Administration. Vietnam has overlapping claims with China over the Paracels.

Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea and its disregard for boundaries outlined in international maritime law.

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