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BBC news with Aileen McHugh.

Police and protesters have clashes in the Lebanese capital Beirut on the anniversary of a deadly explosion that destroyed parts of the city. Dozens of demonstrators were injured near parliament as the security forces fired tear gas. There is widespread anger that nobody has been held to account for the blast. At the porch where the explosion took place, the names of the dead were read loud at a memorial service.

370 million dollars have been pledged for Lebanon at an International Donor Summit to help boost its collapsed economy. The US promise nearly 100 million dollars. But President Biden warned that no help from donors would be enough if Lebanon's leaders didn't carry out reforms and fight corruption.

The World Health Organization has urged wealthy governments to halt plans for coronavirus booster jabs until the rest of the would catches up. The head of agency Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he couldn't accept that the most vulnerable people remained unprotected, while the rich were vaccinated for a third time.

The global study of flooding shows that the percentage of population at risk has risen by almost a quarter since the start of the century. Researchers say that climate change and migration towards slum area were among the factors behind the rise.

Wildfires raging across parts of southeast Europe have killed two Bulgarian forestry workers outside Petrovo near the border of Greece. Firefighters in Greece itself were battling some 40 blazers. In Turkey, where have been eight deaths, flames have reached a coal fire power station near Bodrum in the southwest.

And three people have been arrested in Nigeria after the authorities discovered a huge quantity of wild animal parts in Lagos. Customs officials said that the illegal haul included 18 tons of pangolin scales and closed to a ton of elephant task.

BBC news.
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