Tension over Beirut blast probe nudges Lebanon into new crisis

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By Maha El Dahan and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) – Growing tension over a judicial probe into last year’s Beirut port blast threatens to push Lebanon into yet another political crisis, testing Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s new government as it struggles to dig the country out of economic collapse. More than a year since the explosion ripped through Beirut, killing more than 200 people, Judge Tarek Bitar’s efforts to hold senior officials to account for suspected negligence are facing mounting political pushback. Ministers aligned with the politicians Bitar has sought to question are expected…

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