Syrian parliament elects Lahham as speaker

Mohamed Jihad Al Lahham, head of the Damascus branch of lawyers’s syndicate, has been elected as the new speaker of the Syrian parliament. Lahham secured 225 out of 250 votes in Thursday’s opening session of Syria’s new parliament. Lahham is a member of the Baath party which has the majority of seats in the newly-elected […]

Lebanon’s Most Wanted Sunni Terrorist Blows Himself Up in Syria

When one of Lebanon’s most wanted terrorists kills himself while planting a bomb it is cause for at least some sort of grim celebration. But when the chief bomb-maker of the country’s most notorious terror group self detonates while helping rebels

Russians vote in election test for Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin’s ruling party could see its vast parliamentary majority cut back in elections that began Sunday in the icy tundra and sparsely-populated swathes of Russia’s far east. At polling stations from the Arctic to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the election will indicate the scope of fatigue with Putin’s 12-year rule just three […]