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The Best of 'The National'

Hello and welcome to the ‘Best of The National’, your guide to some of our most compelling, informative and entertaining content of the last seven days.

Beirut dominated the headlines this week. Read our correspondent’s powerful dispatch explaining how the shock of the disaster turned to anger among people rebelling against the country’s misrule. We interviewed two former Lebanese prime ministers who explained what the country needs to recover from this cataclysm. And find out the murky backstory of the Russian vessel whose fateful stop-off there in 2014 led to this week’s tragic events.

In the week the UAE’s Barakah nuclear energy plant went into service, discover how this groundbreaking project could become a symbol of the post-oil world.

Sunday marked 30 years since Iraq invaded Kuwait. Editor-in-Chief Mina Al-Oraibi explained how it changed her life forever.

Read our investigation into whether Covid-19 could cause racial tensions to explode in Britain.

How has coronavirus changed the life of people behind bars? We went inside to find out.

Witness the astonishing story of how Wirecard, once a German Fintech superstar, fell to Earth.

And, as ‘Indian Matchmaking’ has a nation glued to its screens, we asked couples who met this way whether this reality TV series is fact - or fiction.

On the night of the Beirut blasts, our correspondent Sunniva Rose walked round the streets of her city to get a sense of the scale of her disaster. Watch her compelling video dispatch.

Witness the remarkable drone footage that details the devastation wrought by the huge explosions.

And ‘The National’ took the new laser test that can tell within two minutes whether or not you have the virus.

In our Beyond the Headlines podcast, we spoke to a range of experts to try to piece together the Beirut disaster.

In Business Extra, the chief executive of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation talked to us about the recently powered Barakah nuclear power station.

And remember to get all the essential news you need in The Daily Update.

Justin Marozzi lamented the decline of Beirut - and blamed its plight on political leaders who seem no longer to care about the city.

With the November election fast approaching, Raghida Dergham explained what a Joe Biden presidency could mean for US foreign policy.

And Damien McElroy explained how the failure of the Saudi-backed bid for Newcastle United football club represented a missed chance for post-Brexit Britain.

Dan Gledhill

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Updated: August 7, 2020 04:19 PM

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