Hezbollah chief says reports of his deteriorating health are baseless

Iranian TV released a recording with the voice of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah denying reports that his health was deteriorating. Over the weekend, Israeli and Lebanese reports claimed that Nasrallah was hospitalized with a heart attack, while other reports said that he was suffering from cancer. On Saturday, Europe-based Lebanese journalist Jerry Maher tweeted that […]

Christians protest ‘McJesus’ sculpture in Israel

An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald – a primary mascot of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain – has sparked protests by the country’s Arab Christians. Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture titled “McJesus” demonstrated at the museum, where the artwork has been put on display, in the northern […]

Trump, Erdogan discuss creating U.S. Turkish ‘security zone’ in northern Syria

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump mooted Monday the creation of a “security zone” in northern Syria as tensions rose over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country. In a telephone conversation, the leaders “discussed the idea of creating a security zone cleared of terrorism in the north of […]

Iran satellite launch, which U.S. warned against, fails

Iran’s bid to put a satellite into orbit, in defiance of U.S. warnings, failed on Tuesday after the rocket carrying it did not reach escape velocity, as the country’s telecoms minister said a second launch would go ahead. Authorities in Washington this month warned Tehran against undertaking three planned launches that they said would, by […]

China warns state firms to avoid travel to U.S.: Bloomberg

China has asked some of the country’s state-run companies to avoid business trips to the United States and its allies, and to take extra care to protect their devices if they need to travel, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), which oversees about 100 government-run companies, has told some […]

Britain’s May faces defeat in parliament over Brexit plan

Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of a historic defeat in a vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday potentially leaving Britain in limbo about the biggest political and economic change for the country in decades. Barely two-and-a-half months before Britain is due to leave the EU, May’s expected defeat leaves open […]

Plea for aid as heavy snow hits refugee camps in Lebanon

Storm Norma has hit Lebanon, inundating refugee camps with heavy rainfall and completely blanketing some homes in thick snow. Volunteers and refugees have taken to social media to share videos and photos of the freezing conditions and to plead for humanitarian aid. Settlements from the Akkar plains in the north of Lebanon to the Beqaa […]

Saudi teen who fled family welcomed as ‘brave new Canadian’ in Toronto

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto’s international airport on Saturday after being granted asylum in Canada, where Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed her as a brave new Canadian. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a […]

U.S.-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, a spokesman said on Friday, indicating the start of a U.S. pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that he had decided to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops stunned allies that have […]