Russian plane with 14 on board shot down by Syrian missile. Russia blames Israel: report

The Kremlin has accused Israel of deliberately creating a ”dangerous situation” on the Syrian Mediterranean coast, after a Russian military surveillance plane was shot down. The aircraft, a Il-20 turbo-prop plane with 14 people on board, vanished from radar screens at the same time as Israeli and French forces were launching strikes on targets in […]

Russia, Turkey agree to prevent any new military operation against Idlib by Syrian regime

Russia said on Monday that there will be no new military operation against Syria’s Idlib by the Syrian government forces and their allies after president Vladimir Putin met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders, who back opposing sides in Syria’s seven-year war, came together in an ad hoc meeting in the Russian […]

Trump fears Mattis is Democrat “at heart,” may fire him after Midterm elections: Report

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is thinking about giving Defence Secretary James Mattis the boot after the November midterm elections, according to a report. The president worries Mr Mattis is a Democrat “at heart,” according to the New York Times. Mr Trump has even reportedly started to call the former Marine general “Moderate Dog” instead of […]

Will Lebanon parliament look for the country’s missing?

Decades after the civil war in Lebanon, the families of the disappeared, along with activists and artists want answers. Will Lebanon’s parliament look for the country’s missing? Anchal Vohra reports from Beirut. By Anchal Vohra in Beirut Imm Ayman has found it hard to sleep for 36 years. During the day, chores keep her busy […]

The trial of Hariri’s assassins and the future of Lebanon

By Randa Takieddine Listening to the results of the prosecution of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that’s investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is painful in respect to the future of this country. The prosecutor confirmed that the court’s evidence shows that when defendants Badreddine, Oneissi and Sabra were indicted, Hezbollah’s general […]

Trump has ‘the maturity of an eight-year boy’, says Kerry

  John Kerry, the former US secretary of state, has torn into Donald Trump in response to the president accusing him of holding “illegal” meetings with Iran. The former Massachusetts senator used decidedly undiplomatic language, saying Mr Trump had “the maturity of an eight-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl. That’s just who he is”. […]

Constitutional dispute emerges over Lebanon parliament functions in absence of cabinet

The persistence of Lebanon’s Speaker Nabih Berri to call for legislative sessions has lately triggered a constitutional dispute over the capacity of the House to convene for legislation in the presence of a caretaker cabinet. Signs of such dispute emerged when the Mustaqbal Movement expressed reservations vis-à-vis the Speaker’s calls, while other blocs refused to […]

23 Lebanese Landmarks are now available on Google Street View

23 Lebanese historic sites and tourist attractions   were added  Thursday to Google Street View’s special collections of global cultural monuments and natural landmarks . With 360-degree views of the world’s most iconic landmarks and monuments, from India’s Taj Mahal to the United States’ Yosemite National Park, Google Street View has become an essential tool for […]

Lebanon beats China’s basketball team in World Cup qualifiers

An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday. Ali Haidar sparked Lebanon’s second-half comeback, leading all-scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds. Ahmad Ibrahim added 19 points for the Cedars while Ater Majok contributed 17 points to go along with […]