Putin seeks fourth term. On track to become Russia’s longest-serving ruler since Stalin

  Putin’s approval ratings regularly top 80 percent, making him all but certain to win the March election by a broad margin. While few doubted the 65-year-old leader would run, the delay in his declaring so fueled some conspiracy theories and was seen as the Kremlin’s political maneuvering. The 65-year-old Russian leader’s potential rivals include […]

Jerusalem is a powder keg. Trump’s decision will have huge implications, report

Muslims across the Middle East warned Wednesday of disastrous consequences after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but in a region more divided than ever, many asked what leaders can do beyond the vehement rhetoric. Arab powerhouses are mired in their own internal troubles, their populations tired of wars, and the days when […]

Texas Democratic rep pushes vote on Trump impeachment

Texas Democrat Al Green forced a House vote on the impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday, but a broad bipartisan majority voted down the effort. Green introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump. The articles did not include any charges related to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which has led to criminal charges […]

Palestinians seethe at Trump’s ‘insane’ Jerusalem move

Palestinians seethed with anger and a sense of betrayal over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many heard the death knell for the long-moribund U.S.-sponsored talks aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel. They also said more violence […]

US Jerusalem embassy move would cross ‘every red line’, Hamas warns

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya warned Tuesday that a US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as Israel’s capital would be a “dangerous escalation” that crosses “every red line”. “The American administration’s recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the occupation’s capital and moving its embassy to Jerusalem crosses every red line,” the head […]

Hariri’s resignation withdrawal offers chance to stability in Lebanon: Analysis

By Salah Takieddine Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri withdrew Tuesday his resignation one month after his announcement that he was quitting while on a visit to Saudi Arabia. Hariri made the decision during a cabinet meeting where the cabinet unanimously endorsed a policy of dissociation, or remaining neutral in regional conflicts. According to analysts, Hariri’s […]

Hariri rescinds resignation, drawing line under crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis triggered when he announced from Riyadh that he was stepping down and remained outside Lebanon for weeks. His coalition government, which includes the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, reaffirmed a state policy of staying out of conflicts in Arab states. […]

Hezbollah promised to abide by Lebanon dissociating policy , report

During meetings with Future  Movement officials, Hezbollah  has reportedly agreed to abide by  Lebanon’s dissociation policy   as   per  the ministerial statement that it had already approved prior to the election of Michel Aoun as president ,” al-Ittihad newspaper reported on Monday. The newspaper said that lengthy consecutive meetings were held recently between Hezbollah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil […]