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Power returns to Lebanon after 24-hour blackout

The Power returns energy ministry says the central bank has granted it $100m (£73m) of credit to buy fuel and keep its power stations operating. The power grid shut down yesterday and officials said it was unlikely to restart for several days. For the past 18 months Lebanon has endured Power returns an economic crisis and extreme fuel shortages. That crisis has left half its population in poverty, crippled its currency and sparked major Power returns demonstrations against politicians. A lack of foreign currency has made it hard to pay overseas energy suppliers. 

The total outage began at midday on Saturday when Lebanon’s two biggest power stations shut down because of fuel shortages. But in a statement on Sunday, the state electricity provider said it is now delivering the same level of power as it was before the outage.

But even before the latest shutdown people were often receiving just two hours of electricity a day. Saturday’s blackout meant the whole of Lebanon was depending on private diesel-powered generators for power. These however have become increasingly expensive to run amid the lack of fuel, and cannot cover for the lack of a nationwide power grid.

Pakistan’s renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, 85, passed away Sunday after his health deteriorated.

The hospital administration is trying to make arrangements to shift Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s body to his E-7 residence.  Rasheed confirmed that the government will accord a state funeral to the scientist in recognition of his services for Pakistan. The interior minister said Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan had helped him a lot in educational activities, adding that he had remained a visionary leader in times when Pakistan was going through a sensitive time.

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan became a national hero overnight, not only in Power returns Pakistan but in the Islamic world as well, when in May 1998 Pakistan gave a befitting response to India by conducting its nuclear tests. Following the tests, Pakistan became Power returns the sole nuclear power in the Muslim world and the seventh country to possess nuclear weapons. Pakistan’s nuclear weapons have kept Indian aggression in check.

He died at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris following a long illness, his wife and children said on Bani-Sadr’s official website. Bani-Sadr had emerged from obscurity to become Iran’s first president in January 1980 with the help of the Islamic clergy. But after a power struggle with radical clerics he fled the following year to France, where he spent the rest of his life. Xavi Hernandez has done nothing to quash reports that he could replace Ronald Koeman at embattled La Liga giants Barcelona, saying he is “open to anything”.

Xavi has coached Qatari side Al Sadd since the end of his playing days in 2019, leading them to a league title and five domestic cups, but a return to the Camp Nou would be difficult to resist. Ahead of Sunday’s Nations League final between Spain and France, Xavi left the door open for a return.

I don’t know where my future will take me, but I’m open to anything. The 41-year-old made 505 appearances for Barca as a player from 1998 before leaving for Al Sadd as a player in 2015.

Others mentioned as potential replacements for Koeman include Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, River Plate head coach Marcelo Gallardo, former Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.

Koeman remains in the job, and Barca president Joan Laporta affirmed his support for the embattled former Blaugrana star earlier in the week. Debt-ridden Barcelona are ninth in La Liga, five points adrift of leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.

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