Naming street after Hariri’s killer Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine, sparks outrage in Lebanon

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political row. Mustafa Badreddine, after whom the street in the suburb of Ghobeiry is named, is alleged to have masterminded the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The street itself […]

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort also found guilty on eight charges, including tax fraud

Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  The guilty verdicts on eight counts are a victory for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between […]

UN chief concerned over Hezbollah, Palestinian arms, Israeli violations of Lebanon airspace

In his report, which was discussed during the closed-door consultations at the United Nations Security Council on Monday  , UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accused the Iranian backed -Hezbollah  militant group of “undermining” the ability of the Lebanese government to exercise its sovereignty and authority, al Jamhourieh newspaper reported “Hezbollah continues to publicly declare that it […]

Trump reverses Russia remarks, admits he misspoke at Putin summit

Trump stunned political allies and foes alike by shying away from criticism of the Russian leader during Monday’s summit, a performance Republican Senator John McCain said was a “low point” for the US presidency. Trump, who had been given numerous opportunities to publicly rebuke Putin in Helsinki, praised the Russian leader during the news conference […]

Turkey fires over 18,000 civil servants ahead of expected lifting of emergency rule

Turkey issued a decree on Sunday dismissing more than 18,000 civil servants, half of which were from the police force, ahead of this month’s expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup in July 2016. The decree follows President Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in last month’s presidential election and comes before […]

Returning Syrians refugees: “We don’t feel safe going back home. It’s all death and terrorism”

Hundreds of displaced Syrians on Thursday left Lebanon for their war-torn homeland to reunite with relatives they have not seen for months, or even years. FRANCE 24 visited the border town of Arsal to speak with those gearing up for the departure. Some 400 refugees on Thursday crammed into trucks, tractors and buses lined up […]