Lebanese president was assured of Kuwaiti support during his official visit

Lebanese President Michel Aoun arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday for an official visit. The “positive” visit, with talks on bilateral issues, was “an achievement in itself”, said Lebanon’s Minister of State for Administrative Reform Inaya Ezzeddine, speaking at a reception for the Lebanese community in Kuwait City. “The Emir of Kuwait expressed his readiness during […]

2 US allies are killing each other in Syria !

BY By Alex Ward For the past five days, a NATO ally has attacked one of America’s staunchest anti-ISIS partners in Syria — putting the US in a very awkward position. Turkey — one of the NATO alliance’s oldest members — started last Friday sending troops and more than 70 bomber planes into Northwestern Syria […]

The fall of Islamic extremism; the rise of Aramco

By Eddie Tam Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, based on his work on “Narrative Economics”, which studied the effects that narratives and stories can have on the global economy, picks Donald Trump’s election victory in the US and the emerge of Artificial intelligence (AI) as the two ‘narratives’ supporting the market rally that began more […]

Saudi Graft Settlements May Top $100 Billion as Ritz Empties

Saudi Arabia is winding down a controversial anti-corruption drive that led to dozens of princes and billionaires being detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Talks with suspects are expected to end this month and authorities are likely to recover more than $100 billion in settlements, a senior government official said, asking not to be […]

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 […]