Lebanon's government announced a two-week state of emergency on Wednesday, a day after twin blasts in the capital's port killed at least 137 people and injured more than 5,000, leaving scores more missing. Follow the day's events as they happened on our liveblog.
- Two massive explosions at Beirut's port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, flattening buildings and leaving up to 250,000 people homeless
- Lebanese officials say the likely cause was the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored for years in a warehouse
- An unspecified number of Beirut port officials have been placed under house arrest pending an investigation into the explosions
- World leaders have pledged support, with France sending rescuers, medical equipment and a mobile clinic ahead of a visit by President Emmanuel Macron
- The UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has delayed its verdict until Aug.18
- Lebanon was already on the brink of collapse amid a severe economic crisis that has ignited mass protests in recent months