Syrian rebels down regime helicopter near Lebanon border and occupied Golan

Syrian insurgents brought down an army helicopter in southwest Syria on Friday, near   the border with Lebanon and the occupied Golan the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitoring group said. The Syrian military could not immediately be reached for comment. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the aircraft went down in government territory […]

On brink of bankruptcy, Venezuela faces day of reckoning

Locked in a deep economic crisis, Venezuela’s beleaguered government has summoned creditors for crisis talks on Monday as it lurches dangerously close to defaulting on its debt. The country with the world’s largest known oil reserves is on the brink of bankruptcy, and its embattled President Nicolas Maduro is fast running out of options. With […]

Saudi-Iran Tension Rattles Lebanese Bonds After PM Resignation

Lebanese bonds dropped on Monday after Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri unexpectedly resigned in a speech from Saudi Arabia, raising concerns that a renewed confrontation between the kingdom and regional rival Iran could destabilize the country. The yield on Lebanon’s $750 million Eurobonds due 2037 jumped 63 basis points, the most since they were issued in […]

Sacked Catalan leader Puigdemont, four others surrender to Belgian police

Sacked Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four associates turned themselves in to Belgian police on Sunday, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said, following Spain’s issuing of an arrest warrant. Puigdemont is wanted by Madrid for actions related to his push for the region’s secession from Spain. His move comes as two polls suggested pro-Catalonia independence parties […]

Trump’s former campaign, chief Manafort indicted on conspiracy, money laundering charges

Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump, and an associate were indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering, the federal special counsel’s office said on Monday. The charges were the first arising from the investigation by Justice Department special counsel […]

Google uncovers Russia-paid ads to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election

The Washington Post is reporting that Google has for the first time uncovered evidence that Russian operatives used the Internet giant’s platforms in an effort to  interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Russian agents” spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertisements on YouTube, Gmail, Google search, and other products in an attempt to […]