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Nasrallah: compromising the safety of the people of Arsal is off limits under any consideration even in the battle

Nasrallah: compromising the safety of the people of Arsal is off limits under any consideration even in the battle

Nasrallah: The next day after the battle near Arsal we are ready to hand over area to the Lebanese Army

Nasrallah: The next day after the battle near Arsal we are ready to hand over area to the Lebanese Army

Nasrallah: 'At any time we will coordinate with the Syria, Lebanese state for Saraya Ahl al-Sham fighters to leave with dignity'

Nasrallah: 'At any time we will coordinate with the Syria, Lebanese state for Saraya Ahl al-Sham fighters to leave with dignity'

Nasrallah confirms Syrian Army fighting "shoulder to shoulder" with Hezbollah in Flita and "suffered casualties"

Nasrallah confirms Syrian Army fighting "shoulder to shoulder" with Hezbollah in Flita and "suffered casualties"

Nasrallah: We are in the face of a complete and total victory

Nasrallah: We are in the face of a complete and total victory

LIVE: Nasrallah - Syrian army fought 'shoulder to shoulder' with Hezbollah in Flita

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech to discuss the current and upcoming phases of the group's operation to eliminate militants from the outskirts of Arsal.

Sarraf, Aoun discuss Arsal outskirts developments

Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf Wednesday discussed the recent developments on the northeast Lebanon border with Army head Gen. Joseph Aoun.

Beirut police arrest taxi driver over theft charges

Beirut Police arrested a taxi driver Wednesday for allegedly pickpocketing clients while driving his cab, Internal Security Forces reported.

Hariri discontent with Hezbollah's northeast Lebanon offensive

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday said he did not condone Hezbollah's armed offensive in northeast Lebanon's Arsal outskirts.

US attorney general to unveil leak probes soon: media reports

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to announce soon several criminal investigations into intelligence leaks, news outlets reported on Wednesday, as the nation's top law enforcement official faced mounting criticism from President Donald Trump

French president attends memorial for Daesh-slain priest

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned speech Wednesday after a Mass marking one year since the killing of a local French priest by two 19-year-old Islamic extremists who pledged loyalty to Daesh

At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least eight people, including a child, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos said Wednesday

Aoun urges 'safe, not voluntary return' of refugees to Syria

President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that Lebanon clearly differentiates between Syrian refugees and militants, vowing that Lebanese security agencies would continue their crackdown against sleeper cells

Trump says transgender people barred from US military

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people may not serve "in any capacity" in the U.S. military, citing the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" their presence would cause

More Hezbollah fighters laid to rest

Two Hezbollah fighters killed in the clashes against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham were buried Wednesday.

Russian wanted in US caught in Greece for money laundering

Greek authorities say they have arrested a Russian man wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions

Nusra, Hezbollah talking safe passage, prisoner release

Negotiations were underway Wednesday between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham leader Abu Malek al-Talli to allow for him and the remaining militants safe passage to the Syrian province of Idlib, in exchange for three previously kidnapped Hezbollah fighters, a security source told The Daily Star.

Indirect mediation between Army, Daesh over kidnapped soldiers in exchange for safe passage of militants to Syria

Indirect mediation between Army, Daesh over kidnapped soldiers in exchange for safe passage of militants to Syria

Talks underway for return of 3 captured Hezbollah fighters in exchange for safe passage of Nusra's Talli and aids to Syria

Talks underway for return of 3 captured Hezbollah fighters in exchange for safe passage of Nusra's Talli and aids to Syria

Migrant quota challenge should be dismissed: EU advisor

The EU's top court should throw out a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia to a scheme to share thousands of asylum-seekers among member states under a quota system, the court's senior lawyer said Wednesday

Fighting, air strikes in ceasefire area east of Damascus: war monitor

Fighting broke out east of Damascus between rebel and government forces on Wednesday for the first time since both sides declared a ceasefire at the weekend, a war monitor said, with air strikes also hitting the besieged, rebel-controlled enclave

Qatar says new Saudi bloc blacklist 'disappointing'

Qatar said on Wednesday that a new blacklist released by Saudi Arabia and its allies came as a "disappointing surprise" in a diplomatic crisis that has split the Gulf

Britain will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, minister says

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove said Wednesday

Top EU court keeps Hamas on EU terror list, refers case back

The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas should remain on the EU terrorism blacklist, referring the case back to a lower court

US sanctions vote 'hostile', says top Iran negotiator

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday that new sanctions approved by the U.S. House of Representatives were "a hostile measure" that breached Washington's commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal

Geagea positive on Arsal offensive, while Future Movement blasts Hezbollah

Hezbollah's progress in Arsal's outskirts is a positive development for Lebanon's domestic scene, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said in an interview published Wednesday, in a new stance that resonated across local media

US pledges $140 million for Lebanon's refugee crisis

The United States will give Lebanon more than $140 million in humanitarian aid to address the needs of Syrian refugees and Lebanese communities hosting refugees, the U.S. Department of State announced Wednesday

Moscow warns new US sanctions take ties into uncharted waters

Russia warned on Wednesday that new U.S. sanctions against Moscow approved by the House of Representatives take already battered ties into uncharted waters and said it was close to taking retaliatory measures of its own

Trump cranks up heat on Sessions, says "time will tell" fate

President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally

'Pharma Bro' won't stop talking, except to jury in trial

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has kept up his trademark trolling on social media during his securities fraud trial - calling the case "bogus" - but the jury won't hear him defend himself in court

Vatican treasurer makes brief Australian court appearance over historical sex charges

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell made a brief court appearance in his native Australia on Wednesday to face what police described as "historical sexual offences", making him the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations

Wild New Zealand rabbits surf on sheep to escape floodwaters

Three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs

Twitter no longer at 'death's door' as earnings report approaches

Twitter Inc. heads toward its quarterly earnings report on Thursday with a stock that has risen more than 40 percent since April when much of Wall Street was ready to write off the tech company

Muslim cleric: Protest to go on despite Israeli concession

Muslim worshippers have once again held their morning prayers outside Jerusalem's most contested holy site despite Israel's removal of the metal detectors that sparked the protest

LIVE: Day 6 of Arsal offensive with Nasrallah to speak as negotiation deadline looms

As the offensive in the outskirts of Arsal reached its sixth day Wednesday, attention has been turned to the looming deadline set by Hezbollah for negotiations with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, and a scheduled evening speech by Hezbollah's leader.

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap 10 oil contractors in northeast Nigeria: NNPC

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped 10 geological researchers from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, said a spokesman for the state oil company that had contracted the academics

10,000 evacuated over new wildfire in France

At least 10,000 people were evacuated overnight after a new wild fire broke out in southern France, which was already battling massive blazes that have consumed swathes of forest, authorities said Wednesday

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime

Venezuela opposition to start two-day anti-Maduro shutdown

President Nicolas Maduro's adversaries are to stage a two-day national strike from Wednesday in a final push to pressure him into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress they say will institutionalize autocracy in Venezuela

Britain En Marche? Rise of the new age politics

We live in a politically turbulent age. Parties barely 1-year-old have recently swept to power in France and in the huge metropolitan area of Tokyo.

Libyan rivals agree to cease-fire, elections

Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a road map to secure lawless Libya against terrorism.

Militants near Arsal left with few options as noose tightens

Hezbollah's swift advance has left a group of militants positioned on the outskirts of Arsal with just three options: fight to the death, surrender or flee to areas held by Daesh and face an unknown fate.

Trump hails Lebanese Army, calls Hezbollah a 'menace'

U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Saad Hariri pledged Tuesday to fight terrorism, a key issue that figured high in their talks, and announced their mutual commitment to Lebanon's security on the second day of Hariri's four-day official visit to Washington.

Palestinians uphold boycott after Al-Aqsa detectors removed

Palestinians maintained a boycott of Jerusalem's holy site after Israel removed metal detectors installed July 14, saying the modified security measures were still unacceptable.

U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis

A federal judge in Michigan halted early Tuesday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.

Trump vents on Sessions, now under pressure to quit

President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday, launching a fresh Twitter tirade against him while musing privately about firing Sessions – the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy.

Kushner, Manafort meet with congressional investigators

Two key members of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign met Tuesday with congressional investigators probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates.

Ex-servicemen step up calls for just wage hike

Retired military servicemen protested outside the value added tax building Tuesday morning to call for fair pensions, the National News Agency reported.

Three dead in crash near Dahr al-Baidar

Three people were killed and one injured Tuesday in a road accident between a truck and a car on the Al-Madirag bridge near Dahr al-Baidar heading toward Sawfar, the National News Agency reported.

Three hundred Lebanese intellectuals sign open letter over treatment of Syrians

An open letter condemning the negative atmosphere against and mistreatment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been co-signed by nearly 300 Lebanese intellectuals and cultural figures, following recent controversy over the deaths of four Syrian nations in Army custody.