Governor Salameh’s term is widely expected to be renewed

As was widely expected the majority of Lebanon’s political parties have agreed to renew the term of Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and are debating whether the renewal will be for three or six years, according to report by al-Akhbar daily on Friday. All the top leaders including Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker Nabih Berri, […]

Assad claims Syria chemical attack was ‘fabrication’, despite evidence

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed reports of last week’s chemical attack as “100% fabrication,” an assertion contradicted by numerous eyewitness accounts and independent analysis. In an interview with the AFP news agency, conducted under restrictions imposed by the Syrian government at the presidential palace in Damascus, Assad claimed the reported details of what happened […]

Scores killed including children in a suspected Syrian government chemical gas attack

A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said. The Syrian military denied responsibility and said it would never use chemical weapons. The head of the health authority in rebel-held Idlib said […]

US-Russia relations ‘maybe worse’ now than Cold War, says Putin’s spokesman

The relationship between the U.S. and Russia may be more antagonistic now than it was during the decades-long Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top spokesman said Friday. Asked by ABC’s “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos if the U.S. and Russia were in a “new Cold War,” Dmitry Peskov said the current situation may […]

Trump’s ‘brain’ Steve Bannon emerges from the shadows

Steve Bannon used to be a political outsider, relegated to the sidelines of the conservative movement. Now, he is the movement. When he was head of the renegade right-wing website Breitbart, Bannon hosted a party for those not invited to speak at the high-profile annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. On Thursday he […]

AMAL supporters attack Lebanese television channel Al-Jadeed over a TV show

SUPPORTERS OF Lebanon’s Shi’ite Amal Movement  attacked the headquarters of a Lebanese television channel in Beirut on Tuesday night, protesting against a broadcast they said was insulting to Lebanese Shi’ite cleric Imam Musa al-Sadr. Around 300 people, some carrying flags of the  Amal Movement, tried to storm the headquarters of Lebanese channel al-Jadeed, throwing fireworks, stones […]

Trump attacks judges weighing travel ban

President Trump on Wednesday went after a panel of federal judges weighing whether a court order blocking his travel ban should be lifted. Speaking to a gathering of law enforcement officials, Trump argued the judges should immediately reinstate the executive order in the name of national security. “I don’t want to call a court biased, […]