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                                Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, center, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, was arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Monday. Lai was arrested Monday on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers, his aide said, in the highest-profile use yet of the new national security law Beijing imposed on the city after protests last year.
Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

Two days after Chinese and Hong Kong officials shrugged off sanctions imposed on them by the U.S., the moves showed China’s determination to enforce the new law and curb dissent in the semi-autonomous city after months of massive pro-democracy demonstrations last year. Read more

                                People walk by damaged buildings at a neighborhood near the scene of Tuesday’s explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, today.
Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

At least 10 times over the past six years, authorities from Lebanon’s customs, military, security agencies and judiciary raised alarm that a massive stockpile of explosive chemicals was being kept with almost no safeguard at the port in the heart of Beirut, newly surfaced documents show. Read more

                                French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon.
As French president visits Beirut, Lebanese ask where their leaders are

Visiting a neighborhood ravaged by this week’s giant explosion in Beirut’s port, the president looked residents in the eye, vowed to send food and pursue a new political initiative, expressed sorrow for the lives lost and shoved aside a bodyguard to give a woman a hug. Read more

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