Clinton: More pressure is needed against Iran over its nuclear program

During an interview with Al Jazeera, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran’s leadership has taken actions that show little sign it will respond to President Barack Obama’s efforts to engage them diplomatically. “It’s not confidence building, let us say,” Clinton said of the recent actions. “And I think the international community really still […]

Aoun: Those who criticize FPM and threaten to resign are not FPMers

Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun said during his address to Antonine University student “When you hear some people are criticizing FPM in newspapers and threatening to resign, those are not FPMers, because in FPM there is no oath of allegiance but a belief, and those who lose the belief should leave FPM.” Former Deputy […]

Suleiman presented Siniora with the Lebanese Order of Merit

President Michel Suleiman presented former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora the Lebanese Order of Merit the grade of Grand Cordon which is the highest award in Lebanon , at the Baabda presidential Palace on Friday Siniora held the position of prime minister from 19 July 2005 to May 25, 2008 the date of the election of […]

UN: Thousands fled Iran since June election

The United Nations says more than 4,200 Iranians world-wide have sought refugee status since Iran’s controversial June presidential vote and bloody street violence. After sometimes spending weeks hiding in and hopping between safe houses, Iranians have turned up in countries as far away as Australia, Canada and Sweden. They typically seek refugee status. “What good […]

EU’s aid pledge to developing countries called ‘ inadequate’

EU leaders ended a summit in Brussels having agreed to pay 7.2bn euros ( $10.6bn) over three years to help poorer nations cope with climate change. The EU pledge is part of a global “fast start” package being debated at the UN Copenhagen summit. Developing countries and aid agencies have derided the latest pledges to […]

Shell wins bid for Majnoon oil field in southern Iraq

Iraq’s government held a public auction Friday during which it sold development rights to two of its largest untapped oil fields to fund the growing costs of security and reconstruction. A partnership of Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas, a state-owned Malaysian company, won the largest field put out for bid, Majnoon, in southern Iraq, which […]

Lebanon PM left for Saudi Arabia on official visit

Following his meeting with president Michel Suleiman at the Baabda palace Prime Minister Saad Hariri left to Saudi Arabia in an official visit for talks with top Saudi officials. Hariri did not make any statement after leaving Baabda Palace. According to reports circulating in Beirut Saudi Arabia is paving the way for Hariri’s visit to […]

EU pledges $3.6 billion in aid for developing countries to cope with climate change

European Union is earmarking nearly $3.6 billion yearly in short-term aid for developing countries to adapt to climate change. At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders also agreed to cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent – if other developed countries followed suite. Source: VOA

Baroud: Municipal elections in May 2010 as planned

Following his meeting with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir in Bkirki, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Ziad Baroud said the “the ministry is working as if the municipal election will take place as planned on May 2010,” adding that “postponing requires decisions by the parliament or the government.” Baroud stressed the importance of implementation of Decentralization in the […]