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 […]

Russians protest over new retirement age, which is higher than life expectancy in many regions

Thousands of Russians protested on Sunday over a government decision to increase the retirement age, but there were no demonstrations in the cities hosting the World Cup because of security restrictions in force during the tournament. Sunday’s protests were led by supporters of Alexei Navalny, the most prominent Kremlin critic. Navalny said his supporters staged […]

Who is Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing rebel tipped to take power?

Who is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing rebel tipped to take power? Mexicans vote for a new president on Sunday in an election where the anti-establishment outsider is tipped to take power. Commentators say the former Mexico City mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – known as ‘Amlo’ – would inject a new dose of nationalism into […]