Saudi Arabia will work with ‘whoever Lebanon elects’ as president, envoy

Saudi Arabia has vowed it will support whoever the Lebanese people elect as their president, according to statements made my Riyadh’s Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan. In an interview with Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath, Sabhan said he will meet several political leaders in Beirut in order to find a pathway for future […]

Phalange party won’t be supporting Aoun or Frangieh’s presidential bids, Gemayel

Phalange Party chief  MP Sami Gemayel declared  Thursday that he will not be supporting the presidential bid of neither General Michel Aoun’s nor Suleiman Franjieh’s  in next week’s election. “We will rather vote in accordance with our firm beliefs,” Gemayel said. He also stated the party will not participate in the “current presidential deal.” Expecting the dysfunction in […]

UN preparing for possible chemical attack in Iraq’s Mosul

BY JOSEPH KRAUSS AND QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA The U.N.’s public health agency said Thursday it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in “mass casualty management,” with a special focus on chemical attacks, as part of its preparations for Iraq’s operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group. The extremist group, which has ruled Iraq’s second largest […]

Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports

By Andrew Osborn and Simon Johnson | MOSCOW/STOCKHOLM Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO’s build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday. There was no official confirmation from Moscow, but the reports will raise tensions in the Baltic, already […]

Maduro opponents march after Venezuela referendum sunk

Led by women dressed in white, several thousand Venezuelans marched through Caracas on Saturday in the first of what the opposition hopes will be growing protests against the quashing of a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition coalition, seeking to end 17 years of socialism in the South American OPEC nation, says this […]

‘Pre-Hillary’ gun sale advertised in Nevada

“Don’t wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in,” reads an ad for a sale on semi-automatic rifles published in a Nevada newspaper. “Crooked Hillary”, of course, is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regularly calls his opponent Hillary Clinton. This “Pre-Hillary sale” refers to a common fear among Trump supporters, namely that if […]

Iran is blocking the election of a Lebanese president

Future Movement MP Jamal al-Jarrah said during an interview on Sunday that former Lebanese PM and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri worked on several initiatives to end the presidential void including the nomination of Marada Movement leader Suleiman but there’s a clear Iranian decision to block the election of a president. “Hariri made several […]

Obama still looking for peace opening in final meeting with Netanyahu

President Barack Obama confronts one of his most strained foreign partnerships Wednesday during a final meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the pair making a last attempt at patching up their stormy bond before Obama leaves office. The President is intent on conferring solid ties to Israel upon his successor, despite the personal animus […]

Egypt suspends eight TV presenters for being overweight

Egypt’s state-run television has taken several anchorwomen off the air until they lose weight, the broadcaster’s chief told AFP, drawing criticism from rights groups but also praise from some commentators. Egyptian public television, commonly viewed as a staid government mouthpiece, has been struggling to compete with private satellite channels with slicker programming. Safaa Hegazy, the […]