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    Ammonium nitrate behind many industrial accidents

    Agence France-Presse. Washington | Updated at 10:27am on August 05, 2020

    Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said was the cause of the Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer that...

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    Toll from Beirut monster blast tops 100

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut, Lebanon | Updated at 12:05am on August 05, 2020

    Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut's port on Tuesday, leaving at least 73 people dead and thousands injured, shaking distant buildings and spreading panic and chaos...

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    ‘Legitimate’ concerns about Saudi arms sales

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:38pm on August 04, 2020

    State Department officials voiced concern over risks to civilians before secretary of state Mike Pompeo rammed through $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia...

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    Kuwait bans flight from 31 countries, including Bangladesh

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:25am on August 02, 2020

    Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the...

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    Saudi king leaves hospital after gall bladder surgery

    Agence France-Presse. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Updated at 11:47am on July 31, 2020

    Saudi Arabia's 84-year-old ruler King Salman left hospital on Thursday, authorities said, after a 10-day stay where he underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder....

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    Muslim pilgrims to scale Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj

    Agence France-Presse . Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia | Updated at 01:06am on July 31, 2020

    Muslim pilgrims converged Thursday on Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat for the climax of this year’s Hajj, the smallest in modern times and a sharp contrast...

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    Yemeni separatists push peace deal

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 11:19pm on July 29, 2020

    Yemeni separatists abandoned their declaration of self-rule in the south on Wednesday and pledged to implement a stalled Saudi-brokered peace deal, mending a rift between...

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    Iran blasts dummy US aircraft carrier

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:16pm on July 29, 2020

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards blasted a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier with missiles on Tuesday during military exercises in sensitive Gulf waters, state television reported....

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    Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic

    Agence France-Presse . Makkah | Updated at 10:30am on July 29, 2020

    Mask-clad Muslims began the hajj on Wednesday, circling Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths in the smallest pilgrimage in modern history as the Saudi...

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    Saudis strive to prevent coronavirus outbreak in Hajj

    Agence France-Presse . Makkah | Updated at 12:16am on July 29, 2020

    Pilgrims were quarantined Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Makkah ahead of the dramatically downsized Hajj as Saudi authorities strive to prevent a coronavirus...