In March, as the economy faltered, Lebanon defaulted on a $1.2 billion payment for foreign bonds for the first time in the country’s history
The decision came after several ministers announced their resignations and protesters clashed with security forces over the blast that left 160 dead
Hariri verdict, a Russian-owned ship and Hezbollah-Israel animosity: Conspiracy theories abound over Beirut blast
In the Lebanese cesspool of corruption and mismanagement, the actual reason for the Beirut blast or the identity of men behind it may never be known
Beirut explosion: Lebanon’s president rejects global probe, says missile or negligence could be likely causes
President Michel Aoun pledged ‘swift justice’, but said that an international probe would be an attempt to ‘dilute the truth’
Beirut blast: Searchers recover more bodies days after explosion at city's port; toll reaches 149, over 5,000 hurt
Among the four bodies recovered from the rubble of Beirut's port in the last 24 hours was that of 23-year-old Joe Akiki, a port worker missing since Tuesday's explosion
Beirut blast leaves 135 dead: Lebanese authorities probe explosion amid rising anger, calls for change
Anger is mounting against the various political factions, including the Hezbollah militant group, that have ruled the country since the 1975-1990 civil war.
The blast, which appeared to have been caused by an accidental fire that ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate, rippled across Beirut causing widespread destruction
The US president called the explosion a 'terrible attack' and said American generals told him it was likely caused by a bomb
Public dissatisfaction boiled over late last year, when protesters took to the streets calling for the ouster of the political class. The protests toppled the prime minister, but Lebanon’s troubles only grew worse
The Beirut blast was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in recent history, according to Brian Castner, lead weapons investigator for Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team
Over 70 dead, 3,000 injured in Beirut blast; large cache of ammonium nitrate likely cause, say officials
Officials linked the explosion in Beirut to some 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.
There remains a lack of clarity on whether the blast was an attack, the kind of crude tool used for decades to shape Lebanon’s political landscape, or just an accident resulting from mismanagement
A second massive blast occured at a building near the first site of explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave over the city
Demonstrations in Lebabon tapered off when the country shut down because of the coronavirus but have recently picked up again as the lockdown has added to the economic distress
In Arab States, coronavirus pandemic traps African domestic workers who find themselves unemployed, abused
In Arab states, fear of contagion has upset relations between many domestic workers and their employers.
Iraq is planning painful cuts in social benefits relied on by millions of government workers. Saudi Arabia will likely have to delay mega-projects
Refugee policies in Brazil, Uganda, Turkey offer lessons for India, but realities of influx, political contexts cannot be ignored
In the first part of this series, we analysed refugee policy in three countries that, like India, have also not signed the RC51 (and its1967 Protocol) – Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Jordan. In this part, we will explore the refugee policy regimes of key countries in the Global South that have – Brazil, Turkey, and Uganda.
Coronavirus outbreak: IndiGo cancels flights to Doha till 17 March after Qatar bans entry of Indian nationals
Qatar has temporarily banned entry of people coming from India and 13 other countries in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, which has infected thousands of people
Coronavirus outbreak in Iran: Kashmiri students, short of funds and struggling to get home, get cold shoulder from Indian authorities
Every day, Kashmiri students in Iran awake to worried calls from family and friends back home who have heard news of an outbreak.
Saudi Arabia halts entry to Mecca over fears of coronavirus outbreak; move comes just months ahead of annual hajj
Saudi Arabia halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move that came as West Asia has over 220 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.