Syrian radio host Raed Al Fares, who satirized Assad , ISIS shot dead

A Syrian radio host who satirized both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents including ISIS has been shot dead in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, the Syrian Journalists Association said Saturday. Raed Al Fares and another activist and journalist, Hamoud Junaid, were killed Friday in the town of Kafr Nabl after being hunted by extremist groups, […]

Spain’s Gibraltar deal with UK clears way for Sunday’s Brexit summit

European leaders resolved a last-minute dispute over the future of Gibraltar on Saturday, clearing the way for a summit to approve the Brexit deal. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez withdrew a threat to boycott Sunday’s European Council just hours before Britain’s Theresa May was due in Brussels. The British premier plans to meet EU leaders […]

Lebanon put Carlos Ghosn on its postage stamps. His downfall has stunned Beirut

Lebanon has a special stamp in honor of Carlos Ghosn. Should they not issue a new one in which he appears in prison uniform?ذكّروني: للبنان طابع بريدي لتكريم كارلوس غصن. نرجو إصدار طابع آخر يظهر فيه بلباس السجن. — asad abukhalil أسعد أبو خليل (@asadabukhalil) November 19, 2018 When Carlos Ghosn was arrested on […]

Lebanon’s economy faces stark choice: Reform or collapse

BY BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT- Lebanon marked 75 years of independence with a military parade Thursday in Beirut, but many anxious Lebanese feel they have little to celebrate: the country’s corruption-plagued economy is dangerously close to collapse and political bickering over shares in a new Cabinet is threatening to scuttle pledges worth $11 billion by international donors. […]

Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden: US

WASHINGTON- Peace talks aimed at ending the war in Yemen have been set for early December in Sweden, between Huthi rebels and the UN-recognized government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.He said the Saudis and United Arab Emirates — who have militarily backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the brutal three-year-old war — “are fully […]

U.S. targets Iran-Russia network over oil sent to Syria and cash sent to Hezbollah

The United States has moved to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that it said had sent millions of barrels of oil to Syria and hundreds of millions of dollars to indirectly fund militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. The complicated arrangement, described by the U.S. Treasury in a statement on Tuesday, involved a Syrian citizen allegedly using […]

Aoun:Lebanon can’t waste more time on government formation

BEIRUT – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday the country no longer had the luxury of wasting time as a six-month government formation crisis drags on and economic pressures mount. More than six months since parliamentary elections, Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri has hit a wall in his effort to form a national unity government […]

Iran says U.S. bases and aircraft carriers within missile range

LONDON – An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that U.S. bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles, as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington. “They are within our reach and we can hit them if they (Americans) make a move,” […]