Germany’s Heiko Maas warns against political destabilization in Lebanon
08 August 2020 | 4:23 pm
Following the blast that devastated Beirut, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confirmed Germany is sending aid, but he says there needs to be a "desire for reform" among Lebanon's elite to avoid escalation of tensions.
16 Aug 2020
Lebanese protesters hurled rocks at the police in renewed clashes over the deadly Beirut explosion, which many blame on government's negligence. Footage from the scene showed fire near the country's parliament.
16 Aug 2020
Lebanese police empty martyrs' square with tear gas as angry protesters try to break into the parliament headquarters.
23 Aug 2020
Lebanese PM Hassan Diab has announced he is stepping down in wake of last week’s deadly Beirut explosion. A number of ministers had already stepped down after mass protests against the government erupted in the country.
15 Aug 2020
Nearly 40 UN human rights experts have called for a swift and independent probe into the Beirut port blast. The group has raised concerns over “irresponsibility” and “impunity” in Lebanon.
15 Aug 2020
Convening for the first time since Beirut's devastating explosion, Lebanese MPs have approved a two-week state of emergency. The law would give extensive power to the military to suppress resurging protests.
23 Aug 2020
Two weeks after massive dual explosions at the port in Beirut killed more than 170 people and destroyed a large part of the Lebanese capital, we bring you this special edition of Middle East Matters direct from Lebanon. In the devastating aftermath, the Lebanese capital is in mourning – everyone here knows someone who was affected by the blast. Our correspondents and reporters on the ground take a look at how the tragedy unfolded and consider what the future might hold for this shattered country.
25 Aug 2020
Foreign domestic workers in Lebanon say they’ve been feeling left out since a huge blast at Beirut port ripped through large parts of the city, killing 181 people and leaving thousands homeless.
5 Sep 2020
Lebanese artist Sara Abou Mrad uses glass debris from the Beirut port explosion to make man-in-motion-shaped sculptures.
2 Sep 2020
After the deadly explosion that hit the port of Beirut on August 4 and destroyed part of the city, amid a backdrop of government negligence, corruption and popular revolt, Lebanon is on its knees and seems trapped in a downward spiral. From the rubble of the central neighbourhoods of the Lebanese capital to the Shiite south along the Israeli border, our reporters Cyril Payen and Bilal Tarabey followed the daily life of a group of young friends. They tell us about their fears, hopes and dreams with the sincerity of those who have nothing left to lose.
9 Sep 2020
Friday, September 4, marks one month since a huge blast in Beirut's port ripped through the city, killing more than 190 people, wounding at least 6,500 and leaving nearly 300,000 homeless.
7 Sep 2020
A team of rescue workers in search for Beirut blast survivors has found no sign of life beneath the building that collapsed in last month's explosion. Rescuers would now focus on clearing the rubble and finding remains.
22 Nov 2020
Lebanese couture is revered around the world for its flamboyance and artistry, with collections destined for clients based in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and the US. But in recent months, a crippling economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and of course August's catastrophic Beirut port explosion have threatened the industry like never before. Some of the biggest names in Beirut fashion, including the likes of Elie Saab and Tony Ward, spoke to FRANCE 24 about their experience of the past few months.
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