Beirut explosion bares pitfalls of sending aid to Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals and schools, then shattered and bent water pipes, then the crater that once was Lebanon’s port. The rebuilding needs of Lebanon are immense, but so is the question of how to ensure the millions of dollars promised in international aid is not diverted in a country notorious for missing money, invisible […]

Detained US resident freed by Iran, on his way to Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and is on his way back to his native Lebanon, an official in Beirut said Tuesday. Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since 2015, was on a plane accompanied by the chief of Lebanon’s General Security […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Planet Earth, August 8 – Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PENCE LOYAL, BUT WITH AN EYE TOWARD FUTURE Between traveling overseas, fundraising and being Trump’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill, the vice president has been carving out his own political identity. 2. […]