Venezuela: Polls indicate Maduro will lose a referendum later this year

Venezuelans will likely be able hold a signature drive in late October for a recall referendum against the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, the head of the country’s elections council said on Tuesday. Triggering the recall would require Maduro’s adversaries to collect signatures from 20 percent of registered voters. That would follow a similar effort […]

Fighting intensifies as Syrian rebels break through Aleppo siege

Syrian rebels broke through to besieged opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday in an assault on a major government military complex meant to end a month-long siege, insurgents and a monitoring group said. Pro-government media outlets denied the siege had been broken. The heavy fighting and air strikes reported from the area seemed to […]

Syrian regime is again accused of using chemical weapons against rebels, report

A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier. The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) accused President Bashar al Assad of being behind the attack. Assad has denied previous accusations […]

2 nephews of Venezuela’s first lady confess drug deal

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady, who face charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, confessed to U.S. agents after being arrested in November to being involved in the drug scheme, newly-filed court records state. Details of the confessions by Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 30, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 29, […]

Franjieh is reportedly ready to withdraw from presidential race

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh will reportedly withdraw his candidacy for the presidential post in favor of founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun, As Safir daily reported on Saturday. Franjieh reportedly told French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that he is ready to withdraw his nomination in favor of Aoun if Lebanon’s […]

US, Canada, Mexico defend free trade amid Brexit and Trump’s wall

Canada, the United States and Mexico on Wednesday mounted a fierce defence of free trade, vowing to deepen economic ties despite an increasingly acrimonious debate about the value of globalization. US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also took swipes at US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has vowed to renegotiate […]

Lebanese restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais lists on Aim in London

Shares in Comptoir Group, the Middle Eastern restaurant chain, started trading on Tuesday, raising £8m( about $12 million) through its flotation on London’s (AIM ) Alternative Investment Market. The group operates 11 casual-dining restaurants under the Comptoir Libanais brand, primarily in London, and generates franchise revenue from operations across the UK. Following the announcement of […]