Lebanon today: Monday May 20 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Lebanon’s General Labor Confederation  chief quits behind bars over Sfeir comments   The Head of Lebanon’s General Labor Confederation Bechara Asmar submitted Monday his resignation, capping off a whirlwind weekend that saw his meteoric fall following lewd comments made regarding the late Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros […]

Trump can’t kill the Israeli Palestinian peace process, it was already dead

By KHALED ELGINDY After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected for an unprecedented fifth term last week, President Donald Trump declared that “we now have a better chance” for peace. After more than a year of delays, the Trump administration is expected to release the much-touted Middle East peace plan, developed by Trump’s son-in-law […]

US to reveal economic part of Palestine peace plan in Bahrain

The United States will co-host an economic “workshop” with Bahrain to encourage investment in the occupied Palestinian territories “that could be made possible by a peace agreement”, the White House said on Sunday. “Peace to Prosperity will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and […]

Katyusha rocket crashes into Baghdad Green Zone near US embassy

A Katyusha rocket crashed Sunday into Baghdad’s Green Zone which houses government offices and embassies including the US mission, Iraqi security services said in a statement. The rocket — which came after Washington ordered the evacuation of non-essential diplomatic staff from the Baghdad embassy and the Arbil consulate citing threats from Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups […]

Iran too says does not want war

Iran’s top diplomat dismissed the possibility of war erupting in the region at a time of escalating confrontation with the United States, saying Tehran did not want conflict and no country had the “illusion it can confront Iran”. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased in recent days, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict. […]

Insurance risks up in the Gulf after Iran linked attacks

London insurers extends Persian Gulf threat zone after Fujairah attacks.  London’s marine insurance market, which covers the majority of the world’s ships, has upgraded a number of territorial waters in the Persian Gulf to high risk following ship attacks off Fujairah last weekend. The Joint War Committee, which includes representatives of Lloyd’s of London and […]

Lebanon today: Sunday May 19 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: U.S., Lebanese leaders conduct bilateral meeting at Pentagon Kathryn L. “Katie” Wheelbarger the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and Lebanese Chief of Defense Gen. Joseph Aoun led the May 16-17 meeting of the U.S.-Lebanon Joint Military Commission at the Pentagon to discuss ongoing security […]