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Rescuers in Lebanon recover more bodies days after blast

Zeina Karam and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 7th - 2:40am

Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut's port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

Tameem Akhgar and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 7th - 2:19am

A traditional council met Friday in Afghanistan's capital to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to starting negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal with the U.S.

Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 7th - 1:53am

Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people.

UN reports sharp increase in cybercrime during pandemic

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 10:09pm

A 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year, many targeting hospitals and health care systems and hindering their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said Thursday.

US stops advising against global travel, but hits Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 9:25pm

The U.S. State Department dropped its global “Level 4” health warning urging people not to travel abroad Thursday, but promptly re-imposed that same advisory level on Mexico.

Results show Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in this week's Parliamentary election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 6:48pm

Results show Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in this week's Parliamentary election.

Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 6th - 5:47pm

Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press the politicians for reform.

US ambassador says Iran is world No. 1 sponsor of terrorism

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 6th - 4:29pm

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called Iran “the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism” on Thursday and warned Russia and China that they will become “co-sponsors” if they block a resolution to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran.

Lebanese vent fury at leaders over blast as Macron visits

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 6th - 4:04pm

Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon's leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting, “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press the politicians for reform.

Captain astonished that his ship delivered Beirut explosive

Daria Litvinova, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 6th - 3:20pm

When Boris Prokoshev, a former sea captain spending his retirement years in a Russian village, woke up and found an email saying a ship he once commanded had carried the ammonium nitrate that blew up swathes of Beirut, he was astonished.

Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 1 million, while experts say the continent’s real toll is far higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 2:51pm

Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 1 million, while experts say the continent’s real toll is far higher.

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 2:05pm

Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street.

A Lebanese judge says 16 port staffers have been arrested over this week's deadly blats in Beirut

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 1:05pm

A Lebanese judge says 16 port staffers have been arrested over this week's deadly blats in Beirut.

The Latest: Macron says France doesn’t want to run Lebanon

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 6th - 12:17pm

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In devastated Beirut, French leader offers comfort and a hug

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 10:51am

It was one of the most powerful moments of Emmanuel Macron’s lightning visit to devastated Beirut: confronted by a distraught woman in a sea of enraged residents, the French leader stopped and offered her a hug.

French president announces global fundraising conference in coming days for Lebanon after devastating Beirut blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 10:40am

French president announces global fundraising conference in coming days for Lebanon after devastating Beirut blast.

Dozens feared dead after boat capsizes off Mauritania coast

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 9:47am

Dozens are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants sank off Mauritania’s coast, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

Zimbabwe reporter denied bail as government arrests critics

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 6th - 8:49am

A Zimbabwean investigative journalist will remain in jail after a judge dismissed his bail application Thursday, as the United Nations secretary-general raised “concern” about a wave of arrests in the country.

Closed for vacation: France faces new virus testing troubles

Angela Charlton and Nadine Achoui-lesage, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 6th - 8:29am

With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave are building.