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    AQABA, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s prime minister said Tuesday that he has instructed authorities to launch an investigation into the deadly blast the previous day at the Red Sea port of Aqaba that killed at least 13 people. A crane loading chlorine tanks onto a ship on Monday dropped one of them, causing an explosion of toxic yellow smoke. Along with those killed, some 250 were sickened, authorities said. Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh visited the site Tuesday and, citing civil defense and environmental authorities, said the gas concentration in the area had returned to normal. He said that most movement at the port has resumed, except for the exact site of the incident which was being cleaned and inspected. Al-Khasawneh said “other nationalities” were among the dead, without elaborating. He said many of those in hospitals were being discharged. Video carried on state TV showed the moment the tank exploded, sending dockworkers scrambling to escape the toxic cloud. Some 200 people were hospitalized. The Public Security Directorate, which initially described it as a gas leak, said authorities sealed...
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The federal trial of a Long Beach man accused of a deadly bombing at an Orange County spa four years ago got underway in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.More than 100 witnesses are expected to be called up to the stand to testify in the trial against Stephen Beal.The government's goal is to prove to the jury that Beal planted the bomb that killed his ex-girlfriend, Ildiko Krajnyak.The alleged bombing took place at 11 Mareblu in Aliso Viejo spa on May 15, 2018.The blast killed Krajnyak and injured two other women.Witnesses say Karjnyak was killed when she opened a cardboard box and it exploded.Beal is charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction, malicious destruction of a building resulting in Krajnyak's death and use of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence.READ MORE: Long Beach man arrested in connection with 2018 Aliso Viejo explosionEMBED More News Videos Stephen Beal of Long Beach was arrested in connection with the 2018 explosion in Aliso Viejo that killed his former girlfriend...
    At least 33 worshippers were killed and dozens more injured after a bomb attack on a crowded Afghan mosque during Friday prayers. The blast at the Sunni Mawlawi Sekandar Mosque in Imam Saheb, northern Afghanistan is the town's second deadly bombing in just two days. Taliban leaders accused 'seditionist' ISIS fighters of the cruel terrorist attack one day after the group claimed responsibility for a spate of bombings across Afghanistan. The worst of these was an attack on a Shiite mosque in northern Mazar-e-Sharif that killed at least 12 Shiite Muslim worshippers and wounded scores more. 
    Patients with a lethal heart rhythm problem have been thrown a lifeline thanks to a pioneering form of radiotherapy usually used to treat cancer.  The procedure involves high-energy X-ray beams, called photons, being directed at an area of the heart to restore a normal pulse.  While this may sound risky, early studies suggest it is highly effective in patients who have failed to respond to all other treatments, and leads to at least a 90 per cent improvement in symptoms. Calling the findings spectacular, Professor Mark O’Neill, consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital said: ‘It’s rare to see a result like this... we’re incredibly optimistic.’ The treatment, called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, or SABR, delivers intense doses of radiation to a small area inside the body, while limiting the damage to surrounding tissue, making it ideal for tackling hard-to-reach tumours in the lungs and liver. Normally doctors giving radiotherapy for cancer do their best to avoid accidentally hitting the heart, as the worry is the beams could cause damage. This is the first time the heart has been deliberately...
    Washington (CNN)The Pentagon stands by its investigation into the suicide bombing that killed 13 US service members and scores of Afghans last summer after a CNN investigation raised questions about whether some may have been hit by gunfire. US and coalition service members said they opened fire minutes after the attack, but said they were warning shots that hit no one.The Pentagon's investigation, released last week, said everyone died as a result of the attack on August 26, but a four-month-long CNN investigation -- which included an interview with a doctor who said he removed bullets from the bodies of several people -- raises serious questions about whether the attack was fully investigated."We're going to stand by the investigation, which did not find any conclusive evidence that there was gunfire of any kind by American troops on Afghan citizens," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" Wednesday.In its own investigation, the US military interviewed 139 people, but investigators did not speak with any Afghan doctors or civilians."Did you speak to the people in the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The military investigation into the deadly attack during the Afghanistan evacuation has concluded that a suicide bomber, carrying 20 pounds of explosives packed with ball bearings, acted alone, and that the deaths of more than 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were not preventable. The blast at Abbey Gate outside the Kabul airport on Aug. 26 killed 11 U.S. Marines, a sailor and a soldier, who were screening the thousands of Afghans frantically trying to get onto one of the crowded flights leaving the country after the Taliban takeover. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. At the Pentagon on Friday, military officials laid out a detailed and graphic minute-by-minute account of the bombing. The bottom line, they said, was that those who died had wounds that were “so catastrophic” that they couldn’t be overcome. And they said that earlier thoughts that it was a complex attack involving gunfire turned out to be unfounded. “A single, explosive device killed at least 170 Afghan civilians and 13 U.S. servicemembers by explosively directing ball bearings...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crews worked Wednesday on the homes destroyed by that huge house explosion in the Bronx Tuesday. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint a cause, but they suspect it was gas. READ MORE: Storm Watch: 1-3" Of Snow Expected, Winter Weather Advisories In Effect Through 1PM“All I heard was like a bomb, boom! And everything fell,” said homeowner Lydia Velez. Velez was home just two doors down from the explosion Tuesday. “I looked out the window and I saw a woman in the back, so I start knocking at the door, nobody would pay attention,” Velez said. Velez, 86, ran out to try and help, shocked by the sight of fire and the smoke. “This is my home that I work all my life for it, we live here 36 years,” Velez said. She’s among those who returned Wednesday before the Fox Street homes, built on memories, were demolished. “There’s a blanket that the tenant from upstairs made for my father,” said Jose Rojas. That’s all his mother wanted from her home. Her emotional son was grateful...
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Inadequate communication, planning, and risk management by a dredge operator likely led to the cutting of a liquefied propane pipeline and an explosion that killed five people at a Texas port last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday. The explosion happened Aug. 21, 2020, in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel when the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd’s rotating cutter head cut the 16-inch pipeline owned by Enterprise Products. That released a geyser of propane that quickly exploded, enveloping the Waymon L Boyd in flames. Of the 18 crew members employed by the dredge owner Orion Marine Group, three aboard the Waymon L Boyd and one aboard an adjacent anchor barge were killed. Six other crew members aboard the dredge were injured, one of whom later died. The Waymon L Boyd was a total loss valued at almost $9.5 million, while the explosion caused more than $2 million in damage to the Enterprise Products pipeline. In a statement Tuesday, the NTSB said Orion’s inadequate planning meant the dredge operators did not realize...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Investigators say the cause of a deadly July house explosion in central Minnesota is undetermined. Earlier this month, Princeton Fire and Rescue and the Princeton Police Department closed their investigation into the July 22 explosion, which left Eugene Meyer dead. The 85-year-old’s son and grandson suffered severe burns in the blast but survived. The investigation could not determine an exact cause of the explosion. An earlier investigation with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety found that a natural gas valve that supplied a clothes drier in the home was found in the “open” position. However, it was undetermined if the valve was open prior to the explosion. Investigators say the ignition source of the blast was in the kitchen area of a gas range on the home’s main floor. Yet, it was never determined what exactly sparked the blast.   More On WCCO.com: Large Groups Rob Burnsville, Maplewood Best Buys On Black Friday Infant Found Dead, Mother Arrested During St. Cloud Welfare Check,...
    Police have arrested three men under the Terrorism Act following a deadly car explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, but no description of the suspects has been given beyond their sex and age. “Officers in Merseyside have arrested three men — aged 29, 26 & 21 — in the #Kensington area of #Liverpool under the Terrorism Act,” Greater Manchester Police (GMP) revealed in a short statement posted to social media. “Counter-Terrorism Police North West is continuing to work closely with colleagues at [Merseyside Police] as our investigation continues at pace,” the GMP statement added, with no information given as to the suspects’ nationality, ethnic background, or any possible motive. #LATEST | Officers in Merseyside have arrested three men – aged 29, 26 & 21 – in the #Kensington area of #Liverpool under the Terrorism Act. Counter Terrorism Police North West is continuing to work closely with colleagues at @MerseyPolice as our investigation continues at pace. — Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) November 14, 2021 Merseyside Police had earlier revealed that Counter-Terrorism Police would be leading the investigation into the car explosion, which...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Thursday brought charges against a former defense minister over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory in 2008 that killed 26 people. The Special Structure Against Corruption, or SPAK, in charge of probing high officials, said it had charged Fatmir Mediu, a defense minister in 2005-2008, with abuse of his position. The same charge was dismissed in 2009 because of his immunity from prosecution as a re-elected member of parliament. An Albanian court ruled in September to reopen the case. Mediu still is a member of parliament with an opposition party, but parliamentary immunity from criminal cases was abolished in 2012. Mediu has denied wrongdoing, calling the move politically motivated. The case resumed following a request from the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed while playing in the backyard of their home in Gerdec, outside the capital, Tirana, in the explosion on March 15, 2008. The blast killed 26 people, injured 264 and damaged about 5,500 houses. In 2012 a court convicted and jailed 19 people over the explosion,...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An explosion at an eatery in Uganda’s capital was an apparent terrorist act, President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday. Museveni said three people entered the eatery in a suburb of Kampala on Saturday evening and left a plastic bag whose contents later exploded. He provided no more details in a series of Twitter posts but vowed to “get the perpetrators.” Police said in a statement that at least one person had died and seven others were injured in the blast. The eatery is a normally busy place, frequented by commuters. Police, who have sealed off the scene, said a bomb squad is investigating the explosion, which for many revived painful memories of a deadly bombing in 2010 that killed over 70 people in Kampala. That attack was carried out by members of the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which said it was retaliating against Uganda’s deployment of peacekeeping troops to the Horn of Africa nation. There haven’t been similar blasts in recent years, and Uganda is relatively peaceful. But the U.K....
    BEIRUT (AP) — Schools, banks and government offices across Lebanon shut down Friday after hours of gun battles between heavily armed militias killed six people and terrorized the residents of Beirut. The government called for a day of mourning following the armed clashes, in which gunmen used automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades on the streets of the capital, echoing the nation’s darkest era of the 1975-90 civil war. The gun battles raised the specter of a return to sectarian violence in a country already struggling through one of the world’s worst economic crises of the past 150 years. The violence broke out Thursday at a protest organized by the two main Shiite parties – Hezbollah and the Amal Movement – calling for the removal of the lead judge investigating last year’s massive explosion at Beirut port. Many of the protesters had been armed. It was not clear who fired the first shot, but the confrontation quickly devolved into heavy exchanges of gunfire along a former civil war frontline separating predominantly Muslim and Christian areas of Beirut. Gunfire echoed...
    (CNN)A new government has been formed in crisis-ridden Lebanon, ending a more than year-long power vacuum that began shortly after the August 2020 Beirut port blast.Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a billionaire who has already twice served as premier, will lead a cabinet of ministers that will preside over an economic depression which the World Bank considers one of the world's worst since the mid-19th century.Mikati visited Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Presidential Palace where he signed a decree to form the new government in the presence of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, the Lebanese Presidency said. Lebanons water system on brink of total collapse, says UNThe cabinet is also expected to come under massive international pressure to usher in economic reforms, ensure 2022 parliamentary elections take place as scheduled, and to restart negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.Mikati was the third politician to be tasked with forming a cabinet after former Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned in the wake of a port blast that claimed more than 200 lives and devastated whole neighborhoods in the capital.Read MoreDays after the...
    Tear gas rains from the rooftops in Beirut as Lebanese security forces push back protesters from the parliament. "The people demand the fall of immunities!" some chant as others run for cover. Wednesday marked one year since an explosion in the port of Beirut killed more than 200 people. Two injured men lie on the ground, waiting for help at the explosion scene that hit the seaport, in Beirut Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Thousands gathered at the site of the blast to pay their respects before marching through the city, calling for the parliament to be dissolved and laws to be suspended that protect top government officials. "We are strong, we are united and we are here to work against any decision that might stop the justice," protest organizer Charbel Chaaya told Fox News. Thousands gathered at the site of the blast to pay their respects before marching through the city, calling for the parliament to be dissolved and laws to be suspended that protect top government officials. (Fox News) LEBANON,...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Families laid to rest loved ones Tuesday who were killed in a deadly bombing that claimed at least 30 lives just hours earlier in a busy market in Iraq’s capital. Coffins were carried by relatives and placed on minibuses that transported them for burial. The funerals were held for the victims of the blast the night before in a crowded market in Sadr City, a Baghdad suburb. Iraq’s military said it concluded an investigation into the bombing and found it was caused by a suicide bomber who detonated an explosives-filled vest in the middle of a popular market. Iraqi security officials initially said the attack was caused by a roadside bomb. The military said in a statement that at least 50 people were wounded in the attack. It was the third time that militants targeted Sadr City this year. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack and said in a statement posted online the bombing was carried out by Abu Hamza al-Iraqi. The attack occurred a day before the Eid...
    A deadly California fireworks explosion caused at least $3.2 million in damage, according to reports. The blast in the town of Ontario was caused when a stash of fireworks inside a house exploded. It killed two people, destroyed several buildings and damaged others. It also forced residents to evacuate from about 80 homes for several days. Relatives have identified the victims of the explosion as cousins Alex Paez, 38, and Cesar Paez, 20. Officials have had to burn the remaining fireworks to destroy them, KTLA reported. It’s unclear what caused the fireworks to go off.
    ONTARIO, Calif. (KABC) -- Authorities are expected to continue to set off unused fireworks nearly 48 hours after a deadly and massive explosion in Ontario.AIR7 HD was over the scene Wednesday evening as crews began the process of destroying the unexploded fireworks, which sent thick plumes of smoke into the air.Authorities say they had collected dozens of boxes full of undetonated fireworks while combing the neighborhood that was rocked by multiple blasts Tuesday.The mayor of Ontario says he was nearby when those explosions went off."It was indescribable how it feels to have that much of an explosion happen that close. Windows were bursting and people were crying," said Mayor Paul Leon.The coroner has removed two bodies from the scene but they still have not identified the victims. The mother of 38-year-old Alex Paez told ABC7 on Wednesday that he and his cousin, 20-year-old Cesar Paez, were the deceased victims.EMBED More News Videos Authorities are working to burn and detonate a cache of unexploded fireworks found after a deadly explosion at an Ontario home. Police say it could be several days...
    ONTARIO, Calif. (KABC) -- Investigators in Ontario Wednesday evening set off the remaining unused fireworks left from the home explosion that left two men dead.AIR7 HD was over the scene as crews destroyed the unexploded fireworks, which sent thick plumes of smoke into the air.Authorities say they had collected dozens of boxes full of undetonated fireworks while combing the neighborhood that was rocked by multiple blasts Tuesday.RELATED: Ontario fireworks explosion: 2 who died in blast ID'd as family membersEMBED More News Videos Authorities are working to burn and detonate a cache of unexploded fireworks found after a deadly explosion at an Ontario home. Two people who were cousins were killed in the explosions. The blasts shattered nearby windows on surrounding properties and ignited multiple structure fires.Some neighbors were sent airborne from the explosions.Dozens of residents were given hotel vouchers for Wednesday night until they were allowed to return to their homes.
    Jennifer Nalbandian was sitting on the couch in her living room in Ontario when the initial explosion hit, violently shaking her house. At first, she thought it was an earthquake. “My daughter says to me, ‘No, Mom, I think it came from the sky,’ ” Nalbandian said. She began picking up things around her apartment that had fallen. Then she opened her front door. “The boom pushed me back, and the window shattered,” she said. “I got hit with the after-blast when I opened the door.” The structures that were destroyed in the blast were visible from her balcony, Nalbandian said. Residents described in horror the fireworks explosion that rocked their neighborhood Tuesday, leaving two people dead and several structures damaged. An Ontario Fire Department crew treats 72-year-old David Nguyen on Tuesday.(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times) Residents across a vast area reported hearing the blast and feeling the ground shake shortly before 1 p.m. Two structures on the same lot — a front and back house — were engulfed in flames after the explosion. Many residents were evacuated. And authorities...
    CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Thursday toured the damage from a recent airport missile attack that killed at least 25 people and wounded 110 others. Envoy Martin Griffiths held talks with Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Ahmed Bin Mubarak and other members of Yemen’s newly-formed cabinet. Griffiths reiterated his condemnation of last week’s attack in Aden and expressed condolences to the families of the victims. “The attack on the cabinet in Aden was devastating, not only due to the tragically heavy civilian toll, but also because it has political implications that could stir deep distrust,” Griffiths said in a statement released after his visit. “I discussed the prospects of the political process with the government and I stressed that I remain committed to support Yemen to end this conflict comprehensively and sustainably through a negotiated political settlement.” On Dec. 30, a deadly blast shook Aden airport moments after a plane carrying members of Yemen’s cabinet arrived on a flight from the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. No one has claimed...
    The Conversation Don’t blame Sharia for Islamic extremism — blame colonialism Warning that Islamic extremists want to impose fundamentalist religious rule in American communities, right-wing lawmakers in dozens of U.S. states have tried banning Sharia, an Arabic term often understood to mean Islamic law. These political debates – which cite terrorism and political violence in the Middle East to argue that Islam is incompatible with modern society – reinforce stereotypes that the Muslim world is uncivilized. They also reflect ignorance of Sharia, which is not a strict legal code. Sharia means “path” or “way”: It is a broad set of values and ethical principles drawn from the Quran – Islam’s holy book – and the life of the Prophet Muhammad. As such, different people and governments may interpret Sharia differently. Still, this is not the first time that the world has tried to figure out where Sharia fits into the global order. In the 1950s and 1960s, when Great Britain, France and other European powers relinquished their colonies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, leaders of newly sovereign Muslim-majority...
    POLICE bodycam footage has revealed how cops approached an RV playing an evacuation message - just seconds before it exploded into a deadly fireball. A device aboard an SUV was detonated in the early hours of Christmas morning by Anthony Quinn Warner outside the AT&T building in downtown Nashville - injuring at least eight and destroying over 40 buildings. 6Police were responding to a report of shots fired when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warningCredit: MNPD 6The footage captures the moments just before the vehicle explodes in a hail of shrapnel and fireCredit: MNPD 6As they approach the vehicle, one cop can be heard saying: "That's like some sh*t out of a movie"Credit: MNPD Police were responding to a report of shots fired when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes. But in the new recording, the message is hear blaring from the RV, warning "Stay clear of this vehicle" and telling passers-by to "evacuate now".  As they approach the vehicle, on cop can be heard saying: "That's like...
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has designated the airspace around the area of Friday's bombing in downtown Nashville as a 'national defense airspace,' threatening 'deadly force' to any aircraft that poses as a possible security threat. The FAA issued an alert on Friday night stating that an area of one nautical mile would be zoned off, along 2nd Avenue street where the explosion took place. 'Pilots who do not adhere to the following procedures may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel,' the alert reads.   Civil penalties may be imposed by the FAA, who may also suspend or revoke airmen certification if pilots don't adhere to the restrictions.  The FAA has issued a temporary no fly zone over the area of downtown Nashville where the explosion occurred. Flights were impacted in Nashville on Christmas because of telecommunications issues associated with explosion in downtown In addition to the penalties from the FAA, the U.S. government 'may pursue criminal charges' or 'deadly force' against the airborne aircraft if it is determined that the aircraft 'poses an imminent security threat.' The...
    SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — Washington Gas has been fined $750,000 stemming from an explosion that killed seven people at a Silver Spring apartment complex in 2016. Last week, the company was ordered to pay the fine within 15 business days. An investigation done by the National Transportation Safety Board found the probable cause of the blast was the failure of one of the company’s mercery service regulators. RELATED COVERAGE: 7th Body Found In Wreckage of Apartment Explosion, Fire Board Faults Utility’s Equipment In Fatal 2016 Explosion Official: 911 Call Reported Smell Of Gas Weeks Before Explosion Deadly Baltimore Gas Explosion Occurs On 4th Anniversary Of Silver Spring Blast; Lawmakers Ask For Update On Federal Efforts The state’s Public Service Commission also approved Washington Gas’ proposed mercury service regulator replacement program. Someone called 911 to report smelling gas in the area weeks before the deadly blast.
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)A Lebanese judge has charged caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers with criminal neglect over the huge explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 200 people this summer.Diab, as well as two former public works ministers and an ex-finance minister, were accused Thursday of criminal neglect "that led to the death and harm of hundreds of people" in the blast on August 4, according to Lebanon's state-owned National News Agency. These are the most high-profile indictments in the investigation of an explosion that was believed to have been caused by the detonation of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, stored for years at the port of Lebanon's capital. Judge Fadi Sawan, who is investigating the incident, is set to question Diab and the ex-ministers next week. "The Prime Minister's conscience is clear. He is confident that his hands are clean and that he has handled the Beirut Port blast file in a responsible and transparent manner," read a statement from Diab's office on Thursday. "Hassan Diab will not allow the Premiership to be targeted by...
    Geologists have raised the alert level on New Zealand's deadly White Island volcano just 11 months after tourists were killed. The fatal explosion off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, claimed the lives of 21 of the 47 people on the island on December 9, 2019.  GeoNet has now placed the volcano at level two after observing volcanic ash from the steam and gas plumes, which has landed on its webcams.  Scientists from New Zealand's seismic monitoring agency, GNS Science, lifted the alert level to two after conducting aerial reconnaissance flights. The fatal explosion on Whakaari off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, claimed the lives of 21 of the 47 people on the island on December 9, 2019  Boats are seen attempting to rescue survivors from the White Island volcano eruption last year The island was at alert level two during the deadly December eruption last year.  'Observations during the flight confirmed the presence of some fine material (ash) in the plume,' duty vulcanologist Yannik Behr said. The island has also seen recent heavy rain and a...
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's High Court will on Tuesday open the trial of three suspected Islamist militants linked to a 2017 attack in Barcelona which killed 14 people - Spain's deadliest in over a decade. A single attacker drove a rented van into crowds on Barcelona's central La Rambla boulevard, causing 14 deaths and injuring over a hundred people. Another man was killed during the attacker's getaway. On the eve of the attack, an accidental explosion destroyed a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, where explosives and gas canisters had been stored. The blast killed the group's suspected leader, an imam. Two of the accused, a Spaniard and a Moroccan, face charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation, manufacturing and storing explosives, and attempting to cause widespread destruction, which are all related to the Alcanar blast but not directly to the Barcelona attack, according to court documents. Prosecutors are seeking jail terms of 41 and 36 years for the two and eight years for another Moroccan national who is accused of being an accomplice. They have been in prison pending...
    A massive lake is bubbling in the belly of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano at temperatures ranging from 176 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, deeming it one of the world's hottest bodies of water. The lagoon surfaced following a 2018 eruption that caused part of the caldera floor to collapse, leaving 'a hole nearly as deep as One World Trade Center' in New York City. However, the intense heat has left scientists baffled, as there are only a handful of volcanic lakes globally that reach above 176 degrees. The US Geological Survey is closely monitoring the lake and are looking at residual heat in rubble at the base or neighboring gas vents that could be heating the body of water.  Although the  Kilauea is not showing signs of a future eruption, officials note that changes in lake temperatures 'might be precursors to upcoming hazards.' Scroll down for video  A massive lake is bubbling in the belly of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano at temperatures ranging from 176 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, deeming it one of the world's hottest bodies of water. Experts are using thermal...
    Lebanon began a two-week partial lockdown and nighttime curfew on Friday after coronavirus cases increased sharply following a massive explosion in Beirut that killed and injured thousands of people. Confirmed cases of the virus have increased from 5,417 a day after the massive blast on August 4 to more than 11,000 on Friday, leading officials to announce the lockdown. On Friday, Lebanon's Health Ministry tallied a record 628 new confirmed cases in the previous 24 hours, raising the total registered cases since late February to 11,580. The pandemic has killed 116 people in the tiny country, which was successful in limiting the spread of the virus during the early months. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Many businesses were closed Friday morning in Beirut even though some sectors, including banks, groceries, book shops and pharmacies were allowed to open. Restaurants, night clubs, beaches and clothes shops are among the businesses ordered to close by the Ministry of Interior. The country's top Sunni Muslim authority ordered all mosques closed and suspended prayers inside them around...
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun says it's "impossible" that explosive material in the Beirut port that caught fire -- resulting in a deadly explosion earlier this month -- was caused by Hezbollah arms. HEZBOLLAH MILITANT GUILTY OF 2005 ASSASSINATION OF LEBANON'S EX-PM Aoun, who has been accused of being a puppet of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia group, made the statements to Italian media Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, parroting a previous denial by the designated terrorist group. He said that Hezbollah did not store weapons in the port but the lead will be pursued further. “Impossible, but serious events like these light up spirits and imagination,” Aoun said when asked about people advancing the theory. He added, however, that “even this lead will be investigated” Authorities are probing the devastating blast on Aug. 4 that killed over 200 people and injured 7,000 more, which resulted when 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port without the necessary safety precautions were engulfed in flames. Aoun said the investigation is considering whether neglect, an accident or “external interference” caused the blast. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has alluded to the theory that Israel...
    (AP) BEIRUT, Lebanon — The head of Lebanon’s customs authority was formally arrested on Monday after being questioned over the massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month, the state-run National News Agency reported. The investigation is focused on why nearly 3,000 tons of explosive ammonium nitrate was being stored at the city’s port. The ignition of the stockpile caused an explosion that tore through the capital, killing at least 180 people and wounding 6,000.# Thirty people are still missing after the August 4 blast, which caused an estimated $10 billion to $15 billion in damage. Documents that surfaced after the blast, the single most destructive in Lebanon’s history, showed that officials have known for years that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored in a warehouse at the port and knew about the dangers. Judge Fadi Sawwan questioned customs chief Badri Daher, who was detained days after the blast, for 4 1/2 hours in the presence of his two lawyers before issuing the arrest warrant, the agency said. Daher will remain in custody as the investigation continues. NNA said that...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two vigils are underway Monday night in memory of the two victims of the deadly Baltimore gas explosion. The blast, which occurred one week ago, killed 20-year-old Joseph Graham and 61-year-old Lonnie Herriott. Seven other people were injured and nearly 200 homes were damaged. The first vigil began at 7 p.m. at the Empowerment Temple in northwest Baltimore. Members of both families were in attendance as well as community leaders who planned to speak. The vigil was held in a drive-through format to allow for social distancing. A vigil underway at Empowerment Temple AME to honor the lives of Joseph Graham and Lonnie Herriott who were killed in Monday’s devastating gas explosion. @wjz pic.twitter.com/sfWel9s5G3 — Rachel Menitoff (@RachelMenitoff) August 17, 2020 A second vigil put on by CASA Baltimore began at 7:30 p.m. next to the Applebee’s off Reisterstown Road near the scene of the blast. One week later, cleanup efforts continue in the area. Lydia Walter-Rodriguez, CASA’s director, said more than 30 of its members have been displaced and traumatized by the explosion. The group...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is facing a surge in coronavirus cases after a devastating blast at the Beirut port earlier this month killed scores and wounded thousands, prompting medical officials to urge Monday for a two-week lockdown to try to contain the pandemic. Virus numbers were expected to rise following the Aug. 4, explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port. Around 180 people were killed, more than 6,000 wounded and a quarter of a million left with homes unfit to live in. The blast overwhelmed the city’s hospitals and also badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases. Ahead of the surge, medical officials had warned of the dangers of crowding at hospitals in the aftermath of the explosion, at funerals or as people searched through the rubble. Protests and demonstrations also broke out after the blast as Lebanese vented their anger at the ruling class and decades-long mismanagement. On Sunday, Lebanon registered 439 new virus cases and six fatalities. The new infections bring to 8,881 the total number of cases...
    By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is facing a surge in coronavirus cases after a devastating blast at the Beirut port earlier this month killed scores and wounded thousands, prompting medical officials to urge Monday for a two-week lockdown to try to contain the pandemic. Virus numbers were expected to rise following the Aug. 4, explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port. Around 180 people were killed, more than 6,000 wounded and a quarter of a million left with homes unfit to live in. The blast overwhelmed the city's hospitals and also badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases. Ahead of the surge, medical officials had warned of the dangers of crowding at hospitals in the aftermath of the explosion, at funerals or as people searched through the rubble. Protests and demonstrations also broke out after the blast as Lebanese vented their anger at the ruling class and decades-long mismanagement. On Sunday, Lebanon registered 439 new virus cases and six fatalities. The new infections bring to 8,881...
    (CNN)Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said it would be "impossible" for him to resign following calls for him to leave office over the deadly explosion in Beirut. His comments came after the Lebanese government stepped down on Monday night in the wake of the blast that killed more than 170 people and injured more than 6,000 others. Speaking about the possibility of his resignation, Aoun said in a recorded interview with French network BFM Saturday: "This is impossible, because this would lead to a power vacuum. The government resigned. Let's imagine that I was to resign. Who would ensure the continuity of power?"If I were to resign, one would need to organize elections right away. But the current situation in the country does not allow the organizations of such elections," he added.Diggers are shown moving earth at the port of Beirut on August 14, 2020, following the massive explosion there earlier in the month. When asked about the investigation into the explosion, Aoun cited its complexity, saying it "won't be able to be finished very quickly as we wished it...
    A Lebanese prosecutor is to question several ministers and former ministers over last week's deadly chemical blast at Beirut port, a judicial official said Wednesday. 'The interrogations will begin with former public works minister Ghazi al-Aridi,' the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'If a shortcoming or negligence on the part of one of the questioned ministers is found, the judiciary will have to state that it does not have jurisdiction to sue them,' the official explained. The chief prosecutor will then have to transfer their file and connected evidence to parliament because the jurisdiction lies with a special council in charge of suing ministers and presidents. The official said the current minister of public works, now working in a caretaker capacity because the government has resigned over the August 4 explosion, would also be questioned in coming days. Several other former public works ministers, current and former ministers of finance and justice, will also be brought in, he said. According to latest health ministry figures, the monster explosion at Beirut port killed 171, injured 6,500 and left 300,00...
    BEIRUT (AP) — When the huge explosion ripped through Beirut last week, it shattered the glass doors near where 3-year-old Abed Achi was playing with his Lego blocks. He suffered a head injury and cuts on his tiny arms and feet, and he was taken to the emergency room, where he sat amid other bleeding people. In the days since then, Abed has not been the same. Like thousands of others in Lebanon, he is grappling with trauma. “When I got to the hospital, I found him sitting in a corner in the emergency room, trembling at the sight of badly injured people around him, blood dripping all over the floor,” said his mother, Hiba Achi, who was at work when the blast hit on Aug. 4 and had left him in the care of his grandmother. “He hates red now. He refuses to wear his red shoes,” Achi said, adding that Abed insists that she wash them. The massive explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port killed more than 170 people, injured about 6,000 others...
    A letter from Lebanese security officials warning that the 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate dangerously stored in the port of Beirut could destroy the city was sent to both the prime minister and the president in late July, according to Reuters. The new information underscores the level of incompetence over the handling of the infamous port that led to a catastrophic blast that killed more than 200 people, injured 6,000 and destroyed 6,000 buildings, leaving more than a quarter of a million people homeless. According to documents seen by Reuters, an investigation into what led to the blast currently underway by the General Directorate of State Security includes a private letter from officials about the explosives, which was sent on July 20 to President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Diab and his entire cabinet stepped down Monday night, but they have been asked to stay in place in a caretaker role until a new government can be formed. Angry protesters took to the streets once again calling for action, including the resignation of the...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Four years to the day before residents in northwest Baltimore were jolted by a deadly gas explosion, another Maryland community was rocked by a similar tragedy. On August 10, 2016, an explosion occurred at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. The National Transportation Safety Board later blamed the incident on faulty gas equipment. As Baltimore cleaned up from Monday’s blast, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking for an update on the federal efforts put in place after the tragedy in Silver Spring. The two-page letter, sent to Howard “Skip” Elliott, the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, urged the agency to follow through with its safety plans and provide an update as to where they stand. “Although four years have passed since this accident, we must not lose sight of the safety concerns that it raised, but remain committed to addressing them,” the senators wrote. The letter asked for an update on a number...
    At least one person was killed in a "major" gas explosion that leveled several homes in northwest Baltimore Monday morning, fire officials said. A woman was found dead and five people were injured, four of whom were transported to the hospital in serious condition, according to a Baltimore City Fire Department spokesperson. Firefighters could be seen searching through debris of three homes that collapsed in the blast just before 10 a.m.. One of the victims was pulled out of the rubble after a search and rescue operation, said the spokeswoman, Blair Adams. The person was responsive as they were being carried away on a stretcher, and neighbors were heard applauding, reports CBS Baltimore.  Baltimore City Fire Department carries a person out from the debris after an explosion in Baltimore on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Julio Cortez / AP An active rescue was still underway early Monday afternoon for another victim. Adams said firefighters had their "eyes on" the person but did not know their condition. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Search operations were underway for more possible victims,...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday the resignation of his government after a powerful Beirut port explosion sparked public uproar against the country's leaders. Diab, in a televised speech, said the detonation of highly-explosive material warehoused at the port in the capital for the last seven years was "the result of endemic corruption". "Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change," he said. "In the face of this reality ... I am announcing today the resignation of this government." The cabinet had already been under pressure to step down over last week's explosion that killed 163 people, wounded some 6,000 and left around 300,000 without habitable housing. Several ministers had already resigned over the weekend. (Reporting by Ellen Francis and Beirut team; Editing by Samia Nakhoul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Lebanese Americans gathered in Los Angeles over the weekend for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of last week's deadly explosion in Beirut.Outside the House of Lebanon on Wilshire Boulevard on Sunday, local residents with ties to the country showed up in full support.Maled Sadi, who attends school in L.A., was sleeping in his family's Beirut home when he felt what he thought was an earthquake.EMBED More News Videos A massive explosion shook Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday, wounding a number of people and causing widespread damage. "I hear screaming, I hear my mom and my sister screaming, yelling out for me, seeing if I'm okay and I come out and I see my living room hallway, my home (was) completely decimated," he said.Others like Alexandria Kahwagi were not there during the deadly blast but have friends and family who live in Beirut."People died in their homes and a lot of my friends were not in their homes, thank god, and my family, they were not in their homes so they were able to escape...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s justice minister resigns in protest after deadly blast, the third minister to quit. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Sarah El Deeb | Associated Press BEIRUT — Lebanon’s information minister resigned on Sunday as the country grapples with the aftermath of the devastating blast that ripped through the capital and raised public anger to new levels. The resignation comes after a night of demonstrations against the ruling elite, blamed for the chronic mismanagement and corruption that is believed to be behind the explosion in a Beirut Port warehouse. Hundreds of tons of highly explosive material were stored in the waterfront hangar, and the blast sent a shock wave that killed at least 160 people, wounded nearly 6,000 and defaced the coastline of Beirut — destroying hundreds of buildings. Manal Abdel-Samad said in her resignation letter that change remained “elusive” and she regrets failing to fulfill the aspirations of the Lebanese people. Her resignation comes as about half a dozen lawmakers offered their resignation in protest over government performance. Local media also reported that another minister, and a close advisor to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, was also expected to resign. Diab met with his Cabinet reportedly to discuss the...
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