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BREAKING: Massive explosion rocks #Beirut , cause unknown MORE:

A large explosion has been heard in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Security sources said a number of people were injured during the widespread destruction across the city, with residents reporting windows being blown out and ceilings collapsing Read more:

This is a video filmed by someone who was standing on his balcony close to the port of #Beirut  . First you see big plumes of smoke followed by small explosions on ground level and finally an enormous explosion. I hope the person who filmed this is safe. @akhbar 

WATCH: Aftermath of Beirut's massive explosion. Many feared dead

Explosion shockwave propagates through #Beirut  sky #BeirutExplosion  #BeirutBlast  MORE:

DEVELOPING: Explosion in #Beirut  from another angle. The cause of the blast is unknown, but video footage captured the devastation wreaked on the city. MORE:

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Scoops of the Day

The front page of tomorrow’s Irish Times. A rare honour indeed.

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Trump: “Countries where there have been very significant flareups over the last short period of time are Spain, Germany, France, Australia, Japan.” Coronavirus deaths reported on Aug. 1: US: 1,244 Spain: 0 Germany: 0 France: 11 Australia: 7 Japan: 1

NEW: The Dept. of Justice says they’ve completed their review of 29 FISA warrants that were flagged by the IG for being out of compliance and have found only 2 material errors and found that all of the applications contained sufficient basis for probable cause, a statement says.

Welcome news that foreign universities may establish campuses in India & that Indian universities may do same overseas. We look forward to opportunities for American & Indian universities to partner & collaborate on research to advance our understanding of world: US Dept of State

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Just a reminder that one day Ivanka will try to distance herself from her father’s shameful legacy - and it’s our job to make sure she can’t.

NEW: Police committed 125 human rights violations during George Floyd protests, according to Amnesty International

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In 1918 and 1919, masks also stoked political division. Then, as now, medical authorities urged people to wear them to help slow the spread of disease. And then, as now, some people resisted. Here's how that started — and what it looked like.

The largest school district in the state reported Sunday that 260 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus or are in quarantine because of possible exposure as they prepare for the new school year.

Ahead of @BTS_twt 's highly anticipated new English track, "Dynamite," the band's U.S. merch store sells out limited edition physical releases within an hour

So I called up a Kanye elector and he was cagey about why he had signed up for it. After, I googled him and saw there was an RNC delegate by the same name. I called him up again to ask and he said "Yup, that would be me." The call then quickly ended

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Scoops of the Week

Trinity College Dublin has begun transforming its front lawns into wildflower meadows after public support for the bee-friendly project. 🐝 💐 🌱

One of the first school districts in the U.S. to reopen its doors during the pandemic did not even make it a day before a call came from the county health department — a student who had walked the halls and sat in various classrooms had tested positive

Hong Kong postpones elections for a year 'over virus concerns'

President Trump said kneeling during anthem is ‘a sign of great disrespect’ and ‘the game is over for me’ if players do. Pelicans guard JJ Redick to @YahooSports : ‘I don't think anybody in the NBA cares if President Trump watches basketball'

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JUST IN: Former Pres. Barack Obama calls for action to ensure "every American is automatically registered to vote, including former inmates...adding polling places and expanding early voting, and making Election Day a national holiday."

Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce used “Colin Kaepernick stand-in" for K-9 demonstration at fundraiser last year #BecauseFlorida 

NEW: Postal Service is experiencing days-long backlogs across the country after a top Trump donor running the agency put in new procedures. Workers warn it could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for November. W/ @jacobbogage ⁩

Pro-life students were arrested for writing "Black Pre-born Lives Matter" outside a Washington DC Planned Parenthood with chalk.

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