Trump deploys a new label for China’s Xi – ‘enemy’

KEY POINTS President Donald Trump has a new label for Chinese President Xi Jinping: “Enemy.” In one of a series of tweets that hit the market like a torpedo Friday morning, the president posed a question to his more than 60 million followers comparing Xi to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. As recently as this […]

Fitch decided to downgrade Lebanon’s credit rating

Fitch Ratings, one of the “Big Three” credit rating agencies in the world, has decided to downgrade Lebanon’s rating from B- to CCC, according to  media reports “Lebanese sides have been informed that the Fitch agency has finalized its report and downgraded Lebanon’s rating to the level of CCC,” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Friday. This […]

Turkey aims to invest in Lebanon, its FM says

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said here on Friday that Turkey is highly interested in investing in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported. “Turkish companies want to invest in the energy field in Lebanon,” Cavusoglu said during a joint press conference held in Beirut with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. Cavusoglu arrived in Lebanon on […]

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is in Lebanon for talks

foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday for an official visit. “In #Lebanon to hold bilateral meetings,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter. Following his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Cavusoglu will meet with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan. Cavusoglu […]

US in secret talks with Venezuela

The United States has opened up secret communications with Venezuela’s socialist party boss, as members of President Nicolas Maduro‘s inner circle seek guarantees they would not face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior US administration official has told the Associated Press news agency. Diosdado Cabello, who is considered the […]

Global concern over Amazon fires escalates pressure on Bolsonaro

International concern over fires in the Amazon mounted on Thursday, with the UN and French President Emmanuel Macron calling for action as Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research reported nearly 2,500 new fires in the past 48 hours. Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil‘s government complained Thursday that it is being […]

Lebanon calls on U.S. to support Syrian refugees’ social programs

Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Richard Kuyumjian on Wednesday called upon the United States to support social programs for local communities hosting Syrian refugees. “These programs help the Lebanese society in facing the crisis which necessitates the support of such measures and initiatives,” Kuyumjian said in a statement issued by the ministry. Kuyumjian’s remarks came […]