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Hostage standoff at Beirut bank ends with gunman’s arrest

Hostage standoff at Beirut bank ends with gunman’s arrest

BEIRUT (AP) — A gunman demanding a Beirut bank let him withdraw his trapped savings to pay his father’s medical bills took up to 10 people hosting in a seven-hour standoff Thursday before surrendering in exchange for what a family lawyer said was $35,000 of his money. Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, a 42-year-old food-delivery driver, was …

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Armed man holds Lebanon bank staff hostage, demands savings | News

DEVELOPING STORYDEVELOPING STORY, Banks in Lebanon have implemented informal capital controls amid the ongoing economic crisis, effectively freezing savings. A man armed with a shotgun is holding staff hostage at a bank in crisis-hit Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, threatening to set himself ablaze unless he receives his trapped savings, according to a security official. The man …

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Yemen: Historic buildings collapse in Sanaa after heavy rains | Flood News

Houthi official says 10 buildings have been destroyed in the Yemeni capital’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Heavy rains lashing Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, which dates back to ancient times, have in recent days caused the collapse of 10 buildings in the Old City, the country’s Houthi rebels have said. At least 80 …

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Child feared dead on Greek islet where refugees are stranded | Refugee News

Athens, Greece – A five-year-old Syrian girl, who was among a group of refugees and migrants, is understood to have died on a Greek islet on the Evros River. Her parents have submerged the girl’s body in river water in an attempt to keep it cool, as Greek authorities appear unable to locate the group. …

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Large rock explosions Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday in what may mark an escalation of the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were injured, authorities said. Russia’s Defense Ministry denied the Saki base on …

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Turkey resumes gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean | Energy News

Nearly two years after Turkey halted offshore gas explorations in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean, a Turkish drillship has departed from the port of Mersin to search for gas in the region. The Abdullhamid Han drillship set sail on Tuesday with the blessing of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that the ship would …

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As Israel-Palestinian truce holds, Gaza power plant restarts

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian activists holding after nearly three days of violence, Gaza’s sole power plant resumed operations Monday and Israel began reopening crossings into the territory. Israel also lifted security restrictions on southern Israeli communities after the Egyptian-mediated truce took effect late Sunday. War-weary people …

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One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that killed …

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Shift in war’s front seen as grain leaves Ukraine; plant hit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Four more ships carrying agricultural cargo held up by the war in Ukraine received authorization Sunday to leave the country’s Black Sea coast as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the southern port cities to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine and Russia also …

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