‘We believe in Lebanon’s future’, British envoy says

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo shorter commented during the occasion marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday and her Sapphire Jubilee ( 65 years on the throne) about the terrorism attack in Manchester . “Despite the dreadful terrorist attack in Manchester that targeted children and young people, it is in our nature to keep calm and […]

Bahrain holds Lebanese govt. responsible for Hezbollah threats

Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the kingdom of Bahrain is holding the Lebanese government responsible for the remarks of Hezbollah and its chief Hassan Nasrallah against the kingdom’s rulers. “The Lebanese government bears the responsibility for the insulting statements of its partner Hezbollah and its chief terrorist ,” the minister tweeted in reference […]

Iran: Women use their smartphones to fight back the “morality police”

With black chadors over their uniforms, officers of Iran’s “guidance patrols” are a scourge for Iranian women who want to wear bright colours and push the limits of the Islamic Republic’s dress code. But some Iranian women are fighting back, using their smartphones to document what happens once they are arrested. The Gasht-e-Ershad (guidance patrol) […]

Vatican Presses Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis put climate change on the agenda of his first meeting with President Trump on Wednesday, and the subject is likely to come up again and again in the president’s encounters with other world leaders in the coming days. That could put Mr. Trump on the back foot after what had been an energetic […]

Melting pot Manchester stresses unity after concert attack

On the Manchester street they call the “Curry Mile,” there are no longer just Indian or Pakistani restaurants. Instead, in a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, a hungry diner these days can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. […]

Brazil’s Michel Temer deploys army as protesters start fire in ministry

By Alonso Soto and Anthony Boadle  BRASILIA – Protesters demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer staged running battles with police and set fire to a ministry building in Brasilia on Wednesday, prompting the scandal-hit leader to order the army onto the streets. Tens of thousands of demonstrators had gathered peacefully at midday in the […]

Egypt blocks 21 websites, including Al Jazeera: Report

Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television, for “supporting terrorism”, state news agency MENA and security sources said on Wednesday. Reuters tried to access five websites named by local Egyptian newspapers and broadcasters, including the Al Jazeera website, and found them all inaccessible. There was no immediate official […]

Berri warns over “dangerous developments in the region”

Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri warned on  Wednesday about  the dangerous developments in the region”  and “the grave economic situation  in the country “and urged the politicians to agree on an electoral law “Contacts are still underway over the electoral law but there is nothing new until the moment,” MPs quoted Berri as saying during his […]

Lebanon polls under 1960 law in September if no deal on a new law, says Mashnouq

Lebanon Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced on Wednesday that the parliamentary elections will be held in September under the controversial 1960 electoral law should the parties fail to reach a deal on a new law. “There are efforts to open an extraordinary legislative session in an attempt to help find an electoral law and should we fail in […]