Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president of catastrophic danger only two weeks before the explosion which left much of the capital in ruins, according to documents seen by Reuters and senior security sources.
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In This Story: Beirut
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been conducted, but 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region and the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.