5 killed in terror attack in occupied East Jerusalem

At least five people were killed in an  attack in occupied East  Jerusalem on Friday, July 14. All three gunmen  taking part in the attack were neutralised after exchange of gunfire, said the local authorities. An Al Jazeera report claimed the deceased were “three Palestinians.” The  Al Jazeera report quoted  the Israeli police as saying   that the “three […]

U.S. prepared to use force on North Korea ‘if we must’, but prefers diplomacy : U.N. envoy

UNITED NATIONS  – The United States cautioned on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki […]

Lebanon’s pro-Syrian camp wants to coordinate return of refugees with Assad regime

The cabinet convened at the Presidential Palace in Baabda on Wednesday  and was chaired by President Michel Aoun. Its  discussed   mainly the issue of the  Syrian refugees and their return to their homeland and the controversial electricity file. The meeting comes a day after Aoun’s  Change and Reform parliamentary bloc  called for the return of Syrian refugees to […]

One dead after doctor opens fire at New York City’s Bronx Lebanon hospital

A doctor forced from a New York hospital because of sexual harassment accusations returned Friday with an assault rifle hidden under a lab coat and shot seven people, killing one woman, authorities said. Several of those injured were left fighting for their lives, authorities said. The gunman, Dr. Henry Bello, fatally shot himself after trying […]

Egypt’s parliament approves Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

By Nashat Hamdy and Mahmoud Mourad Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday backed plans to hand over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia under an agreement that has attracted widespread public criticism. House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdelaal said the required majority of lawmakers had voted for the agreement, which the government signed last year, […]

Sweden drops Assange’s rape investigation, but UK will be arrest him if he leaves embassy

Swedish prosecutors said Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutors office said in a statement. “According to Swedish legislation, a criminal investigation is to be […]

Maintaining fiscal stability in Lebanon a ‘dance with wolves’: Central bank governor

By Hadley Gamble As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to make his first trip to the Middle East, some lawmakers back in Washington are seeking amendments to a law that could see further sanctions against Hezbollah and its political allies. “We are worried,” Lebanon’s central bank governor told CNBC this week. “We hope that the […]