US Jerusalem decision backlash continues

An Israeli security guard has been stabbed at Jerusalem’s main bus station and violence has flared near the US Embassy in Beirut over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, but his overturning of […]

Putin announces partial withdraw of troops from Syria

By JUDITH MISCHKE Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced the partial pullout of Russian troops from Syria, after an unexpected visit to the country during which he meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to media reports. The RIA Novosti news agency reported that Putin ordered “the defense minister and the chief of general […]

E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Jerusalem Recognition

Emboldened by President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as his nation’s capital, Benjamin Netanyahu paid the first visit to the European Union headquarters by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years on Monday, to seek similar endorsement from the 28-nation bloc. The answer, though, was clear: no. The bloc’s members are not unified in their attitudes […]

Venezuela’s Maduro says government wins 90 percent of mayorships

Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party won at least 90 percent of the 335 mayorships contested in Sunday’s local elections, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday. According to the national election board’s latest official count, the socialists won 41 of 42 mayorships counted by late evening. But Maduro said results overnight would show his government had won […]

MPs slam riots: “Awkar is not Gaza and Lebanese security forces are not Israelis”

MPs Sami Gemayel, Ibrahim Kanaan and Nabil Nicola who represent Northern Metn district of Mt Lebanon denounced   on Sunday the riots that marred a demo protesting Washington’s decision on Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy in Awkar. “Awkar is not Gaza and Lebanese security forces are not Israelis”, public properties and citizens’ private properties should not be […]

Abbas to Egypt for talks with Sisi on Trump’s Jerusalem move

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to meet Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo Monday over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Egypt’s presidency said. Trump’s move has drawn near universal condemnation, and Palestinian officials say Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he travels to […]

Erdogan slams Israel as ‘oppressive, occupation terrorist state’ that ‘kills children

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against Israel Sunday, calling it a ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children.’ Erdogan promised to fight to the bitter end against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. “Palestine is an innocent victim… as for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan […]

Top Lebanese Christian cleric slams Trump’s ‘destructive decision’ on Jerusalem

The highest Christian authority in Lebanon,  Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai  blasted  on Sunday U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital calling the move  “regrettable” and “destructive ”, an aggression against its holiness and against God  and urged him to reverse it. “Trump’s decision violates the resolutions of international legitimacy, defies the regional […]