US: Lebanon must ensure Hezbollah ‘not part of the financial system’

Marshall Billingslea, the assistant Treasury secretary for terrorist financing, called on Tuesday for Lebanon to cut Hezbollah off from the country’s financial system. Billingslea’s remarks during a two-day trip to Lebanon came as the Trump administration looks to ramp up pressure on the Iran-backed political party and militant group, which is designated as a terrorist […]

Israeli army attacks protests against, Pence’s visit , US move on Jerusalem

Several Palestinians Tuesday suffocated by tear gas as Israeli army used force to disperse Palestinians who were protesting the US decision on Jerusalem and US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the city of Jerusalem. In Ramallah’s al-Bireh, Israeli forces heavily fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters, causing several suffocation cases […]

Turkish attack highlights Syrian Kurds’ isolation

After Turkey assaulted a relatively peaceful Kurdish enclave of northern Syria, regional leaders fear the world will abandon them even though they provided the ground troops who beat the Islamic State group. For the past four days, Turkish troops and allied Arab Islamist fighters have been battling their way into Syria’s Afrin canton, which is […]

Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankara’s offensive against […]

Philippine volcano spreads lava almost 2 miles from crater

Lava fountaining regularly from the Philippines’ most active volcano has flowed up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption. Mount Mayon was spewing lava up to 600 meters (2,000 feet) high and its ash plumes stretched up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) above the crater. The Philippine […]

Venezuelan vote: Maduro set to run for re-election in 2018, despite the economic crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked sure to stand for re-election in a presidential vote due by the end of April where the ruling Socialists hope to trump a squabbling opposition despite an economic crisis and foreign sanctions.  The unpopular leader, whom foes decry as a dictator who has wrecked the OPEC member’s economy, said he […]

US Attorney General Sessions grilled for hours by Mueller’s team over Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. The interview comes as Mueller is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s actions in office, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, constitute efforts to obstruct an FBI probe into contacts between his […]

Putin has something bad on Trump, ” claims Joe Scarborough of MSNBC

BY JOHN HALTIWANGER Joe Scarborough of MSNBC claimed Friday that President Donald Trump was attempting to create perpetual scandal in order to desensitize the public so that it becomes indifferent to whatever Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly has on him. Scarborough said the current scandal regarding Trump’s supposed relations with porn star Stormy Daniels is […]

Russia ‘ultimately bears responsibility’ for chemical attacks in Syria: Tillerson

In the aftermath of another “apparent chlorine gas attack” by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blasted the Assad regime for its “crimes against humanity” but also laid some of the blame on Russia. “Whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in east Ghouta and […]