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How the Beirut blast compared with similar explosions in Texas, China and France

Lebanon was already beset by an economic collapse, anti-government demonstrations and rising coronavirus cases. On Saturday, Beirut’s streets, still littered with debris, filled with seething citizens. People are angry that the government reportedly allowed dangerous chemicals to sit idle in Beirut’s port for years. They tie Tuesday’s tragedy to decades of political corruption and negligence.This also isn’t the...

US passes 5m Covid cases as Pelosi calls Trump relief order unconstitutional | US news

The US on Sunday passed the grim milestone of 5m coronavirus cases, as recriminations flew in Washington over the impasse in talks and action on providing more relief aid. The US has by far the highest number of cases of Covid-19 in the world, crossing the five million threshold according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University data tracker,...

£250mill PPE contract for NHS awarded with no tender to company run by Minister’s adviser registered in Mauritius. PPE doesn’t meet required standards so cannot be used. : worldnews

£250mill PPE contract for NHS awarded with no tender to company run by Minister's adviser registered in Mauritius. PPE doesn't meet required standards so cannot be used. : worldnews
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 70%. (I'm a bot)The Government awarded a PPE contract worth £252 million to Ayanda Capital Limited, a 'family office' owned through a tax haven in Mauritius, with connections to Liz Truss.As for the remaining 150 million Type IIR masks purchased from Ayanda Capital? Government has admitted they...

Belarus’ main opposition candidate goes into hiding on the eve of crucial presidential vote

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's campaign said she fled her apartment due to safety reasons after police detained several of its senior staffers, in what critics called an attempt to intimidate the opposition ahead of the crucial vote. Meanwhile, her adviser Veronika Tsepkalo fled Belarus for Moscow for safety reasons, the campaign told CNN on Sunday. Tsepkalo's husband, former Belarusian ambassador...

How to Move Your Elephant During a Pandemic

The border between Argentina and Brazil had been closed by the coronavirus pandemic for nearly two months when, in early May, an unusual convoy approached the checkpoint in Puerto Iguazú. There were 15 people, all of whom had gone days with little sleep, and six vehicles, including a crane and a large truck.Behind the truck was a specialized...
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