Chinese official fired over calling Mao a ‘devil’

An official in northern China has been fired after he called the founder of modern China Mao Zedong a “devil” on social media and called the annual commemoration of Mao’s birthday “the world’s largest cult activity”. Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is still officially venerated by the ruling Communist Party as the founder […]

FPM warns of ‘revolution’ if no new electoral law is adopted for coming elections

The  Free Patriotic Movement warned Monday of “ revolution” should the political forces fail to agree  on a new electoral law to replace the so called 1960  law. “Failure to pass a new electoral law that ensures correct representation will impede the entire political life in the country, because the electoral law is the pillar of political stability […]

EU hits back after Trump hails Brexit and trashes NATO

Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to Donald Trump on Monday after the US president-elect hailed Brexit as a “good thing”, branded the NATO alliance “obsolete”, and criticised the German chancellor’s stance on refugees. In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision […]

Noor Salman, widow of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, arrested

The widow of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the mass shooting, officials said. Noor Salman was taken into custody in California, where her family lives, but the case is filed in Florida, where her husband massacred 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June. “I can […]

Syrian rebels decided to attend Kazakhstan peace talks

Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s most powerful ally, set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered […]

EU reaffirms support to Lebanon’s democratic process. Urges parliamentary polls

EU foreign affairs Ministers, gathering today in Brussels for the first EU foreign affairs Council of the year, adopted conclusions reaffirming the EU support to the democratic process in Lebanon and welcoming the recent election of President Michel Aoun and the formation of a new  government led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The Council called on the […]