Lebanon Government Resigns Amid Outrage Over Beirut Blast

BEIRUT—Lebanon’s prime minister announced his government’s resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that devastated the capital and stirred public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. The Aug. 4 detonation at a port warehouse of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed at least 163 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed swathes […]

Afghanistan to Release 400 ‘Hard-Core’ Taliban in Bid for Peace

KABUL, Afghanistan—A traditional Afghan council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring sides. The declaration calls for an immediate start to negotiations and a cease-fire. The move looks to bring the United States a little closer to bringing […]

Donors Pledge Nearly $300 Million in Emergency Aid for Lebanon After Blast

FORT BREGANCON, France—An emergency donor conference on Sunday for blast-stricken Lebanon raised pledges worth nearly 253 million euros ($298 million) for immediate humanitarian relief, the French presidency said. Those commitments would not be conditional on political or institutional reform, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said. There were also pledges made for longer-term support that would depend […]

Macron to Host Fundraising Conference for Beirut as EU Conveys Solidarity

French President Emmanuel Macron will host U.S. President Donald Trump and other political leaders on Sunday for a U.N.-endorsed donors’ conference by video to raise emergency relief for Lebanon following this week’s massive explosion in Beirut. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed is co-organizer of the meeting. Lebanon was already mired in deep political and economic […]

Lebanon Information Minister Resigns in Wake of Deadly Blast

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 as public anger is mounting against the ruling elite, blamed for the chronic mismanagement and corruption that is believed to be behind the […]

Trump Administration Sends Aid to Lebanon After Beirut Blast

The United States is sending food, water, and medical supplies to Beirut after a massive blast at a port killed 154 people and injured 5,000. “Under the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the United States is delivering critical emergency aid to Lebanon following Tuesday’s horrific event in Beirut,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said […]