Western Asia

Syria’s Assad takes oath after much maligned re-election

President Bashar al-Assad took the oath of office for a fourth term in war-ravaged Syria on July 17, after officially winning 95 percent of the vote in an election dismissed abroad.

It was the second presidential poll since the start of a decade-long civil war that has killed almost half a million people and battered the country's infrastructure.

Lebanon Stroke by Major Electrical Power Crisis

Lebanon's two main power plants were switched off on Friday, plunging much of the country into a near-total blackout.

The shutdown - caused by the two plants running out of fuel - worsens a crisis that has seen people receive just two hours of electricity a day.

A lack of foreign currency has made it hard to pay overseas energy suppliers.

Huge fireball in the sky: A powerful explosion shook the windows in Dubai VIDEO/PHOTO

According to the first and unconfirmed information, the detonation was heard in the oil tanker in the port of Jebel Ali, "Blic" reported.

BREAKING: Large explosion at the Port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, cause unknown pic.twitter.com/8ErwMUxgPS

— BNO News (@BNONews) July 7, 2021

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