Saudi Arabia shuts down half Its oil output after drone strikes by Iran backed Houthi rebels

By Summer Said and Jared Malsin Coordinated drone strikes on the heart of the Saudi oil industry forced the kingdom to shut down half its crude production on Saturday, people familiar with the matter said, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies. Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, […]

Trump confirms death of Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza

US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border US media reported in late July and early August, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the […]

Hariri sounds upbeat as he prepares to visit France to Initiate CEDRE

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri is scheduled to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron next week in Paris, to “initiate” the implementation of CEDRE conference. Hariri will kickstart his meeting after a Cabinet meeting set on Tuesday. Speaking at the Digital Transformation Conference on Friday, Hariri said : “CEDRE will be launched after my visit to Paris […]

Warning signs for Israel after Trump fires Netanyahu’s man BOLTON: No more BB team

On Tuesday, United States National Security Adviser John Bolton left his post over policy disagreements with President Donald Trump. Reports indicate that Bolton advised strongly against the U.S.’s planned face-to-face peace negotiations with the radical Islamist Taliban from Afghanistan. According to the Daily Beast, Bolton argued that bringing representatives from the Taliban to the United […]

80,000 stateless people in Lebanon and one woman aims to change that

By Mat Nashed There are roughly 80,000 stateless people in Lebanon. They shouldn’t be confused with Syrian refugees born without papers or Palestinians who still don’t have a country. These are the children and husbands of Lebanese women barred by law from passing citizenship to their families. Invisible to the state, they cannot get government […]

Aoun urges UN to keep maritime forces in Lebanon

President Michel Aoun called on the UN Friday to keep maritime forces in Lebanon until the Lebanese army builds its maritime capacity, Lebanon Presidency’s website reported. “It is important to keep the UNIFIL’s maritime forces until we are able to increase our capacities despite our financial difficulties,” Aoun was quoted as saying during his meeting […]

Hezbollah illicit activities involve Lebanon’s airport and seaports, US Treasury reveals

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea warned that US sanctions on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah will target anyone that provides material support for the group, regardless of the sectarian or political affiliation. Speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Friday, Mr Billingslea appeared buoyant on the impact of the […]

Israeli president warns Lebanon to rein in Hezbollah or face a war neither side wants

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday warned  the Lebanese government that if it doesn’t stop Hezbollah’s aggression against Israel, the militant  group will drag both countries into war. “Lebanon bears sovereign responsibility for all Hezbollah action,” Rivlin told the incoming French ambassador to Israel, Eric Danon, during a ceremony upon receiving diplomatic credentials from several new ambassadors, […]