The number of dead in Beirut’s huge explosion has risen to at least 135, with around 5,000 injured and tens of people still missing. The rise was announced by health minister Hamad Hassan as rescuers continued a desperate search for survivors. The cabinet has ordered port officials involved in storing or guarding ammonium nitrate since 2014 to be put under house arrest.
Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump’s page for spreading false information about the coronavirus, a first for the social media company that has been harshly criticized for repeatedly allowing the president to break its content rules. The post included video of Trump falsely asserting that children were “almost immune from Covid-19” during an appearance on Fox News.
Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city’s mayor urging nations to reject selfish nationalism and unite to fight all threats. At 8:15 a.m. on Aug 6, 1945, U.S. B-29 warplane Enola Gay dropped a bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” and obliterated the city with an estimated population of 350,000.
A man in eastern China has been acquitted of murder and freed after spending 27 years in prison. Zhang Yuhuan maintained he was tortured by police and forced to confess to the murder of two young boys in 1993. He was China’s longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate, after having served 9,778 days in the prison in Jiangxi province. He walked free after a high court found there was not enough evidence to justify his conviction.
The FBI on Wednesday searched the home of 23-year-old YouTube star Jake Paul and that of nightclub promoter Arman Izadi as part of an investigation into rioting at an Arizona mall in May amid George Floyd protests, authorities said. The searches at Paul’s Calabasas, California, residence and at Izadi’s “Graffiti Mansion” in Las Vegas were part of the bureau’s investigation of “allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May.”