Hezbollah delegation meets Franjieh to discuss new electoral law

National News Agency reported that a Hezbollah delegation held talks Monday Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh at his residence in Banshie . The delegation included Hezbollah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil and the head of the Liaison and Coordination Comittee Wafiq Safa NNA said. Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos of Marada and Franjieh’s son […]

3 Lebanese among those killed in Istanbul nightclub attack, 5 others wounded, updates

Three Lebanese citizens were killed and four others were injured in the New Year’s Eve massacre at an Istanbul nightclub, Lebanon’s consul general in the Turkish city said on Sunday. “After visiting Istanbul’s forensic department and after inspecting the bodies, Lebanon’s Consul General in Istanbul Hani Chemaitelli confirmed the death of the three Lebanese citizens […]

Iranian airliner returns to airport after engine failure

An Iranian passenger plane was forced to return to Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Saturday after one of its two engines failed, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday, adding that all passengers were safe. Taban Airlines’ public relations manager was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying that its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 had turned back “due […]

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Ex-French president Sarkozy set to stand trial for illegal campaign financing

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy looks set to stand trial over allegations that his 2012 re-election campaign received illegal funding after France’s court of appeal on Thursday dismissed attempts to have the case thrown out. Mr Sarkozy, who has denied all wrongdoing, was placed under formal investigation in February over his suspected complicity in allowing […]

Russia, China veto UN resolution calling for a ceasefire in embattled Syrian city of Aleppo

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Venezuela also voted against the text, while Angola abstained. The 11 other council members voted in favor. The vote marked the sixth time Russia has blocked a council resolution on Syria since […]

Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege

No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday. Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into […]