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  1. Investigators focus on possible negligence in deadly Lebanon explosion

    LEBANON-SECURITY/BLAST

    The Lebanese government says it is putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into how 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate came to be stored at the port for years.

  2. Biden won't go to Milwaukee, site of Democratic convention, to accept presidential nomination

    Election 2020 Joe Biden

    Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination, officials said Wednesday, citing concerns over the coronavirus.

  3. Australia's second-largest city begins shutting down to stop spread of coronavirus

    Virus Outbreak Florida

    U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over long wait times.

  4. U.S. defence officials contradict Trump's claim of Beirut 'attack' as president doubles down

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon continued to suggest that the massive explosion that killed at least 135 people in Lebanon might not have been an accident, as Lebanese officials have initially assessed.

  5. TikTok takes steps to curb misinformation ahead of U.S. election

    ByteDance-TikTok

    Video-sharing app TikTok has updated its content policies to curb misinformation on its platform ahead of the presidential election in the United States, the company said on Wednesday.