U.S. military task force in Jordan to help with crisis in Syria

The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into […]

Despite Syria crisis Pope still planning Lebanon trip

Preparations for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Lebanon in September are going ahead despite the escalating conflict in neighbouring Syria, the Vatican said on Thursday. “There is no uncertainty about the preparations,” Benedict’s spokesman Federico Lombardi said at a press conference. “The Holy See is doing everything to make sure the trip takes place as […]

ET409: Suleiman says a crises committee for emergencies should be formed

President Michel Suleiman told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television that a permanent crises committee for emergencies should be formed in case a similar tragedy to ET409 occurs. Suleiman revealed he had worked on a similar project when he was the Lebanese army chief. Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called for the formation of such a committee in […]