Lebanon: President Aoun prefers ‘vacuum’ over parliament extension

President Michel Aoun announced on Wednesday that he prefers “vacuum” over another extension of the parliament’s term. “If I have to choose between the extension of parliament’s term or vacuum, my stance is clear in this regard — I will choose vacuum,” TV networks quoted Aoun as saying. “Where is our potency and credibility should […]

Israel to target Hezbollah tunnels in its strategy for a new war against Lebanon, report

Israel is planning its strategy to counter Hezbollah’s tunnel systems and projected strategy of rapidly invading Israeli territory at the onset of hostilities to project a picture of victory by taking a community or IDF outpost, Israeli website YNET reported on Monday According to the report , 2 major changes are shaping the IDF’s preparations […]

Kurdish peshmerga fighter names his son after US president Donald Trump

Hassan Jamil’s love affair with Donald Trump began in the thick of the American presidential campaign, when he found himself glued to his television screen on the other side of the world each night, transfixed by the billionaire’s “beautiful” hair, commanding presence and magnetic speaking style. Jamil, who doesn’t speak English, couldn’t understand the Republican […]

Hezbollah delegation meets Franjieh to discuss new electoral law

National News Agency reported that a Hezbollah delegation held talks Monday Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh at his residence in Banshie . The delegation included Hezbollah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil and the head of the Liaison and Coordination Comittee Wafiq Safa NNA said. Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos of Marada and Franjieh’s son […]

3 Lebanese among those killed in Istanbul nightclub attack, 5 others wounded, updates

Three Lebanese citizens were killed and four others were injured in the New Year’s Eve massacre at an Istanbul nightclub, Lebanon’s consul general in the Turkish city said on Sunday. “After visiting Istanbul’s forensic department and after inspecting the bodies, Lebanon’s Consul General in Istanbul Hani Chemaitelli confirmed the death of the three Lebanese citizens […]

Iranian airliner returns to airport after engine failure

An Iranian passenger plane was forced to return to Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Saturday after one of its two engines failed, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday, adding that all passengers were safe. Taban Airlines’ public relations manager was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying that its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 had turned back “due […]

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Ex-French president Sarkozy set to stand trial for illegal campaign financing

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy looks set to stand trial over allegations that his 2012 re-election campaign received illegal funding after France’s court of appeal on Thursday dismissed attempts to have the case thrown out. Mr Sarkozy, who has denied all wrongdoing, was placed under formal investigation in February over his suspected complicity in allowing […]