Hezbollah continues to block formation of new Lebanon cabinet

The Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah will not give way in a dispute over Sunni Muslim representation in a new unity government, the pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday, signaling no quick end to the standoff. Separately, a senior political source close to Hezbollah told Reuters it was up to President Michel Aoun, a Maronite […]

Trump clashes with media calls it ‘hostile,’ tells CNN reporter: ‘You are a rude, terrible person’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump had a number of confrontational exchanges with White House reporters Wednesday during a news conference to discuss the results of Tuesday’s election. Trump refused to answer a follow-up question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who persisted in his attempt to ask the president about the Russia investigation into interference in the 2016 presidential […]

President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “At your request I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general, the President said. Whitaker is expected to take charge of the Russia investigation and special […]

How a Democratic U.S. House could alter foreign policy

Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea. Representative Eliot Engel, the Democrat in line to head the House Foreign Affairs Committee, […]

Here’s what Russians have been up to ahead of US midterm elections

Here’s what Russians have been up to ahead of the midterm elections As Americans prepare for another election, Russian troublemakers have again tried to divide U.S. voters and discredit democracy. The activity appears focused on abuse of social media, through American-looking posts and sites, instead of big cyberattacks or disrupting voting systems. So far, it’s […]

Aoun accuses Israel of continuous violations of Lebanon airspace

Lebanese President Michel Aoun Monday said that Lebanon is keen on preserving its security and stability facing terrorism, Lebanon’s presidency website reported. “We should always be alert to protect our security and stability,” said Aoun, adding that Britain has been a great support for Lebanon in its war against terrorism and silent terrorist cell. Aoun’s […]

Turkey annual inflation surges over 25 percent in October

The annual inflation rate in Turkey rose above 25 percent in October, official statistics showed on Monday. The 25.24 percent inflation rate marked a 0.72 percent increase compared to 24.52 percent in September. The worst affected sectors included furnishing and household goods with 37.92 percent, according to the Turkish statistics office (TUIK). The Turkish economy […]