Israel detains a US graduate student over her pro-Palestinian views

Israel has detained an American graduate student at Ben Gurion International Airport for more than a week, accusing her of supporting the Palestinian-led boycott movement of Israel. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old of Palestinian heritage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arrived in Israel on a student visa to attend Jerusalem’s Hebrew University but never made it out […]

Christian group accuses Hezbollah of threatening them

Maronite Christian group Lady Mountain Lebanon have accused Hezbollah of threatening them after the latter pushed to cancel a meeting the sect planned to hold in Beirut, Arabi 21 reported on Friday. The Christian group said that Hezbollah put pressure on the administration of the hotel in Beirut, where the event was slated to take […]

Berri says government formation ‘back to zero’

BEIRUT – Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Saturday said the process of forming a government more than five months after a national election had returned “to zero”, after saying earlier this week there had been a “glimmer of hope”. In the five months since the parliamentary election, there has been no sign of the […]

Sara Netanyahu fraud trial puts focus on Israel’s controversial first family

By Oren Liebermann and Ofri Eshel In pictures, Sara Netanyahu is always the Prime Minister of Israel’s loyal wife. Standing by his side, smiling at her husband, shaking hands with world leaders, she is an ever-present companion on Benjamin Netanyahu’s frequent trips abroad. One half of Israel’s power couple, Sara Netanyahu can appear as much […]

Turkey investigates disappearance of Saudi journalist, vows to find him

Turkish prosecutors have begun investigating the disappearance of prominent Saudi commentator Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for four days after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and Ankara has vowed to uncover his whereabouts. Khashoggi, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Washington for the past year fearing retribution for his critical views on […]

Yemen’s Houthis arrest protesters in Sanaa, over plunging living conditions, soaring prices

Yemen’s Houthi group arrested a number of demonstrators in Sanaa on Saturday over plunging living standards, as soaring prices put basic commodities out of reach for many people amid a humanitarian crisis and war with neighboring countries. The Iran-aligned Houthis took control of the capital Sanaa in 2014, ousting the internationally recognised government of Abd-Rabbu […]

Brazil to vote in most divisive presidential race in decades

Voting begins Sunday in Brazil’s most polarized presidential race in decades, pitting far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro against the Workers Party’s Fernando Haddad, chosen successor of jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Candidates began their last day of campaigning on Saturday for Brazil’s most polarized presidential race in decades that could elect a […]

U.S. threatens to cut aid for Lebanese ministries allocated to Hezbollah

The U.S. embassy in Beirut has reportedly “intensified threats to cut any US or international assistance for Lebanese ministries that allocated to Hezbollah” in a bid to pressure officials tasked with forming the government, al-Akhbar daily reported on Friday. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri affimed in a televised interview on Thursday that he “does not mind” […]

Bassil gets Hezbollah’s blessing

 Hezbollah said its chief Hassan Nasrallah is capable of “responding to Israel on the right time and place,” noting that Minister Jebran Bassil has carried out his duty as foreign minister when he denied the presence of ‘missile sites’ alleged by Israel, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday. “This is the party’s policy,” said  Hezbollah sources, […]