In Lebanon, U.S. State Department official calls Hezbollah ‘unacceptable’

The U.S. State Department criticized Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group on Monday for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets, as Washington steps up efforts to isolate Tehran. In recent weeks, Israeli forces uncovered tunnels they said were dug by Hezbollah, and Lebanon complained about Israel’s construction of a barrier along disputed parts of the border. […]

Hamas denies Mubarak claim it sent militants to Egypt in 2011

Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas on Saturday denied an allegation by Egypt’s deposed president Hosni Mubarak that it infiltrated hundreds of men across the border during the 2011 uprising. Mubarak took to the witness stand in a Cairo court Wednesday to testify about jailbreaks allegedly orchestrated by his successor Mohamed Morsi and members of the Muslim […]

New snags hold up formation of Lebanon unity government

Efforts to finalize a deal on a Lebanese national unity government hit new snags on Saturday, postponing its formation, a senior official closely involved in the efforts said. More than seven months since its last general election, Lebanon, heavily indebted and suffering from low economic growth, is in dire need of an administration to enact […]

US Federal government shutdown to begin at midnight

A partial federal government shutdown will begin at midnight now that House and Senate lawmakers have adjourned until Saturday amid a flurry of last-minute negotiations that failed to end a budget standoff. Congressional leaders and the White House worked behind the scenes late Friday in hopes of striking a deal. But the House went home […]

An Iranian blogger dies in jail following 60-day hunger strike

Iranian authorities have confirmed the death of a social media activist jailed on security charges, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Sunday, after Western rights groups said he had died following a 60-day hunger strike in prison. “The political prisoner Vahid Sayyadi Nasiri, on hunger strike since October 13, 2018 to protest the denial […]

Syrian army frees 19 IS hostages – state media

The Syrian army has freed 19 women and children held hostage since July by so-called Islamic State, state media say. They say the captives were rescued when troops launched an operation north-east of the desert city of Palmyra. The hostages were seized during an IS attack in the southern Suweida region. More than 200 people […]

Geagea: Recent student elections reflect LF’s wide popularity and representation

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Saturday said the recent student elections reflect the wide popularity and representation of the Lebanese Forces, as he hinted at Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil saying the “main goal of some is to curtail the LF representation.” “The recent student elections gives us an idea of real popular […]

Saudis tell Trump “No More Oil”

By Ellen R. Wald Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman responded publicly to President Donald Trump’s recent spate of Tweets and statements concerning oil. While the President has been asking for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production to flood the market and keep prices down, the prince said no. This is a risk for Saudi […]