Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A huge blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital. Officials said

Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria execute four aid workers

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria have executed four aid workers and a private security guard, according to a video seen by Reuters on Wednesday. International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger, both aid groups, confirmed the killing

Syria goes to the polls as new sanctions hit war-ravaged economy

DAMASCUS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria held a parliamentary election on Sunday, gripped by a collapsing economy and new U.S. sanctions after President Bashar al-Assad clawed back control of most of the country. People voted across government territory at more than 7,000