SIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings that killed over 300

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a wave of coordinated bombings at churches and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka. The terrorist organization provided no evidence to support the claim, which was announced in a statement in Arabic published by its Amaq news agency on Tuesday, saying the attackers were “among the fighters of the […]

Lebanon today: Monday April 22nd Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: U.S. offers $10M reward for financial disruption to Hezboll The U.S. government on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information leading to a financial disruption to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.  U.S. Treasury Department official Marshall Billingslea said Washington, D.C., wants to “hit Hezbollah in the […]

US moves to end by May 2 sanctions waivers for nations importing Iranian oil

The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt countries from US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, in a move that sparked condemnations from Tehran as well as Iran’s major oil importers, including China and Turkey. US President Donald Trump made the decision as part of the administration’s “maximum pressure” […]

Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings of threat of attacks by a radical group

Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group, the country’s health minister said Monday. Officials blame them for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 200 people. The coordinated blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels were carried out […]

Japanese hit former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn with a fresh charge. He denied all charges

Japanese authorities on Monday hit former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn with a fresh charge of aggravated breach of trust, the fourth formal indictment against the auto sector tycoon. Public broadcaster NHK and local news agency Jiji Press reported that prosecutors filed the new indictment that paves the way for his legal team to apply for […]

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy declares victory in Ukraine presidential elections

By Yuliya Talmazan Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won a convincing victory in Sunday’s runoff election, ousting incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, national exit polls showed. The former entertainer and political novice took 73 percent of the vote, with Poroshenko a distant second, the polls indicated. Zelenskiy, 41, won the first round of the election on March 31, […]

Khamenei replaces chief for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. No reason given for change

Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the head of the influential Revolutionary Guards Corps, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the elite group a foreign terrorist organisation. The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General […]

Lebanon today: Sunday April 21st Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Fate of missing Lebanese cameraman remains unknown Samir Kassab, a cameraman for the Dubai-based Sky News Arabia, went missing with his colleagues in Syria in 2013 amid reports that he has been abducted by the Daesh terrorist group. On Friday, private Lebanese channel LBC quoted Kassab’s father as […]

Ukraine election: Voters choose between comic and tycoon

Ukrainians are heading to the polls in a run-off election to pick the country’s next president. Voters face a stark choice between tycoon Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent president, and television comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, new to politics. The TV celebrity is favourite in the polls, having dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when […]