Location of 1st ship to leave Ukraine carrying grain unknown

BEIRUT (AP) – The cargo of the first grain ship that left Ukraine under a wartime agreement has been resold several times and there is now no information about its location and the cargo’s destination, the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said Monday. The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Rezoni, which left Odessa on August 1 and transited … Read more

Hostage standoff at Beirut bank ends with gunman’s arrest

BEIRUT (AP) — A gunman who demanded a Beirut bank withdraw his stashed savings to pay his father’s medical bills took about 10 people hostage in a seven-hour standoff Thursday and surrendered in exchange for what the family’s lawyer said was $35,000. money Bassam Al-Sheikh Hussain, a 42-year-old food-delivery driver, was quickly arrested and taken … Read more

Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine accused each side Monday of firing on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Russia has claimed that Ukrainian shelling caused power surges and fires, forcing workers to cut output from two reactors, while Ukraine has blamed the Russian military for stockpiling weapons there. Nuclear experts have … Read more

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — A ship bringing corn into a port north of Tripoli, Lebanon, would not normally cause a stir. But it’s getting attention where it came from: Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa. Razoni loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed is coming off the edge of a Russian war … Read more

Ship Ukraine says is carrying stolen grain leaves Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian ship believed to be carrying Ukrainian grain stolen by Ukraine has left a Lebanese port after authorities in Lebanon allowed it to sail after an investigation, Lebanon’s transport minister tweeted Thursday. Since arriving last Thursday, the Syrian-flagged Laodicea had docked at Tripoli harbor with 10,000 tons of wheat flour and … Read more

2 years later, hope for justice in Beirut explosion fades

BEIRUT (AP) — It’s been two years since a massive explosion in Beirut’s port killed his 3-year-old daughter Alexandra — and Paul Nagier has lost hope that outrage over the disaster will lead to justice and change in Lebanon. Lebanon’s political forces have blocked an investigation into one of the world’s largest non-nuclear explosions for … Read more