Beirut is a city in shock but its residents are clear-eyed about who they see as the culprit behind the disaster at the port.
Whatever the immediate cause, the reason for the deadly explosion in Beirut is criminal neglect and a rotten system built and maintained by the country’s political elite.
Lebanese Premier Hassan Diab in his government's first official response to Monday's shelling said "Israel has once again violated Lebanon's sovereignty ... in a dangerous military escalation".
Tensions are high after the Israeli killing of Hezbollah members in Syria and reports of an attempted assault on Israeli positions near the Lebanese border.
An Israeli official and Lebanese sources have said Hezbollah carried out an operation along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier but the Shia armed group has denied it had done so.
Israel is reported to be behind the strikes which sources say targeted a major Iran-backed ammunition depot on the edge of the Syrian capital and killed five fighters linked with the Islamic republic.
Outside of Palestine, it is Jordan that stands to lose the most from annexation. So how will they react?
The new US sanctions on Damascus are bad news for the UAE, but it could be a double-edged sword for the US.
President Michel Aoun says central bank will begin injecting dollars into market beginning on Monday in hopes to solidify Lebanese pound, following demonstrations against falling currency.
Mustafa al Kazimi will have to pick a side if he wants to enact meaningful change.
Protesters converge on main square in capital Beirut that was an epicentre for protests last year but which has been mainly quiet over recent months in part due to coronavirus lockdown.
A stronger relationship between the two will trigger another headache for the US, but this time in its own hemisphere.
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