China-U.S. trade war: $168 billion has been wiped off the value of Chinese stocks

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent — the BATs — have seen over a collective $168 billion wiped off their valuation. Alibaba shares are down over 11 percent year-to-date, Tencent has plunged 22.4 percent, while Baidu is off more than 6 percent. The China-U.S. trade war, concerns over valuation and a regulatory crackdown from Beijing have hit […]

Naming street after Hariri’s killer Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine, sparks outrage in Lebanon

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political row. Mustafa Badreddine, after whom the street in the suburb of Ghobeiry is named, is alleged to have masterminded the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The street itself […]

North, South Korea agreed their Peninsula should turn into a “land of peace “

North Korea agreed to allow international inspectors to observe a “permanent dismantlement” of its key missile facilities, and will take additional steps such as closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes reciprocal measures, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday. North and South Korea agreed that the Korean Peninsula should […]

Lebanon FM calls for diaspora to claim their Lebanese nationality

Lebanon Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil  and Free Patriotic Movement chief Saturday called on members of the Lebanese diaspora to claim their Lebanese citizenship as a way to “preserve Lebanon,” in comments made at the third Lebanese Diaspora Energy North America conference, in Montreal, Canada. “The greatest thing about us is that our Lebanese-ness is […]

Japanese billionaire to be SpaceX’s first moon tourist

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. A former drummer in a punk band, Maezawa’s moon flight is tentatively planned for 2023 aboard SpaceX’s forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket […]

Trump Unleashes Full-Scale Trade War With China

Charles Wallace, contributor The trade war with China began in earnest Monday. In announcing a wave of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, President Trump said in a White House statement that his administration had concluded that “China is engaged in numerous unfair policies and practices relating to United States technology and intellectual […]

Syrian rebels see Russia / Turkey Idlib deal as victory, and a blow to Damascus

Syrian opposition officials praised a deal between Russia and Turkey over Idlib province on Tuesday, saying it had spared the rebel-held region a bloody government offensive and would thwart President Bashar al-Assad’s aim of recovering all Syria. Damascus, while welcoming the agreement unveiled on Monday, vowed to press on with its campaign to recover “every […]