Brazil’s Bolsonaro names Trump fan top diplomat as Cuba relations sour

Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro chose an admirer of U.S. President Donald Trump’s conservative nationalism as his top diplomat on Wednesday, while escalating tensions with communist Cuba over a medical aid program. Bolsonaro’s pick of career diplomat Ernesto Araujo, 51, underscored Brazil’s sharp turn to the right and the reversal of nearly a decade and […]

Lieberman quits as Israeli Defence Minister and leaves Netanyahu’s coalition over Gaza deal

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil. “What happened yesterday — the truce combined with the process with Hamas — is capitulating to terror. It has no other meaning,” Lieberman told journalists. “What we’re doing now as a […]

Melania got her way , forced Trump to fire Mira Ricardel and more heads expected to roll

An angry Donald Trump removed a senior advisor Wednesday after First Lady Melania Trump demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections. Melania Trump made the extremely rare demand for deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel to be fired on […]

Hariri blasts Hezbollah for obstructing government formation

BEIRUT- Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri blasted  Hezbollah in a news conference  on Tuesday accusing the Iranian backed militant group of  being  the only party responsible for holding up the government’s formation. The news conference was  Hariri’s  first official response   to a speech made Saturday by Hezbollah leader  Hassan Nasrallah, during which he insisted   on backing  the demand made by […]

U.S. designates Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah chief a terrorist

WASHINGTON  – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday designated Jawad Nasrallah, son of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a terrorist and accused him of carrying out attacks against Israel in the West Bank. The department also blacklisted Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB), which it said had links to Hezbollah and had plotted a number of […]

Strong Dollar pressures stock markets

The U.S. Dollar Index hit a 17-month high on Monday, a negative for global growth and corporate profits that helped get the Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq off to a bad start for the week. Underscoring the dollar’s importance for U.S. multinational earnings, JPMorgan trimmed its forecast of Apple (AAPL) iPhone shipments, […]

‘Lebanon can’t be ruled by a political militia mentality’: Cardinal Rai

Lebanon’s top Christian spiritual leader Cardinal  Patriarch Beshara al-Rai said the country could not be ruled by the mentality of political militia, highlighting the necessity to  educate the new generations so that they develop a different outlook,  National News Agency reported on Monday. “Now that most of the military militias have ended, it is unacceptable that Lebanon be […]

Lebanon minister accuses Hezbollah, FPM of obstructing the return of Syrian refugees

Lebanese allies of the Syrian regime are hampering the return of refugees to Syria, caretaker Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Mouin Merehbi says. Speaking in a recent interview with The Daily Star from his office in Downtown Beirut, Merehbi charged that the committees recently formed by Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon […]

Florida election recount continues as tensions rise

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mishaps, protests and litigation dominated Florida’s first day of recounting the vote for pivotal races for governor and Senate, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco. Much of the drama on Sunday centered on Broward and Palm Beach counties, home to large concentrations of Democratic voters. In Broward County, […]