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Bassil discusses regional issues in New York

Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil held a series of meetings late Tuesday evening at the U.N. headquarters in New York, with discussions touching on bilateral relations, the Syrian refugee crisis and intercultural dialogue.

Car accident leaves 3 hurt in south Lebanon

A car accident injured three in south Lebanon Wednesday, following a collision that caused a mini-van to overturn.

French Socialists to sell HQ after election debacles

Once a sign of the might of the French Socialists, the party's grand headquarters in central Paris have been put up for sale following the electoral drubbing suffered by the leftwingers this year.

Trial opens for American in Daesh-linked police beheading plot

Massachusetts man charged with plotting to behead police officers in an effort to help Daesh was due in court Wednesday for the start of his trial on charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

Greece oil spill: 2 crew of cleanup vessel arrested

Greek authorities say they have arrested the captain and chief mechanic of a ship that was taking part in a cleanup operation after an oil tanker sank and polluted Athens' coastline.

Parliament postpones decision on Islamic weekend

Parliament postponed Wednesday its decision regarding a draft law to alter Lebanon's weekend, citing other more pressing challenges, such as reaching a consensus on the tax law.

Daesh-aligned militant jailed over plot to bomb Indonesian presidential palace

An Indonesian militant was jailed for 11 years Wednesday for orchestrating a plot inspired by Daesh to stage a suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace.

Police arrest high-ranking Catalan officials in raids

Spanish police arrested Catalonia's junior economy minister on Wednesday in their first raid of government offices in the region ahead of an unauthorised referendum on independence, Catalan government sources said.

Saudi Arabia creating $2.7 bn entertainment investment company

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund is creating an entertainment investment company as the deeply conservative kingdom loosens the reins on fun.

Bangladesh army takes bigger role in Rohingya aid operation

Bangladesh's army was Wednesday ordered to take a bigger role in helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar, by distributing relief aid and building shelters.

US report points to Egyptian abuses, anti-democracy actions

Egypt is failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant U.S. monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a damning Trump administration report obtained by The Associated Press.

Australia prime minister says 50 refugees will soon go to US

The first 50 refugees to be resettled in the United States under a contentious agreement with Australia will be notified within days that they will be leaving the Pacific island camps where they have languished for years, the Australian prime minister said Wednesday.

Raqqa campaign in 'final stages': SDF

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Daesh was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

US-backed force takes 90% of Syria's Raqqa from Daesh: Observatory

US-backed force takes 90% of Syria's Raqqa from Daesh: Observatory

No agreement on tax hike law, session postponed

The Constitutional Council suspended deliberations Wednesday over the fate of the new tax hike law, without having reached a decision

Trump's North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain

Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea's next missile test? A restatement of past policy? Or simply just what it seemed: a straightforward threat of annihilation from the president of the United States?

Airbus opens first plane-completion center in China

Airbus Wednesday inaugurated its first completion center for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

Police arrest two more men over London train attack

British police said they had arrested two more men Wednesday in connection with the bombing of a commuter train in London last week which injured 30 people, bringing the total in custody to five.

Mexicans dig in rubble seeking survivors as quake kills 248

Rescuers and volunteers frantically dug through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings long into the night, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to 248 early Wednesday.

As Syrian war winds down, Israel sets sights on Hezbollah

With President Bashar Assad seemingly poised to survive the Syrian civil war, Israeli leaders are growing nervous about the intentions of his Iranian patrons and their emerging corridor of influence across the region.

Hezbollah drone downed over Golan

Israel's downing of a Hezbollah-operated Iranian drone over the de-militarized Golan Heights Tuesday was unlikely to inflame the situation given that it was within the Jewish state's policy to distance the group from its borders, analysts told The Daily Star.

Police deploy in Kirkuk ahead of Kurdish vote

Police deployed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the Baghdad government and Western and regional powers.

Trump slams Hezbollah as terror group in U.N. speech

U.S. President Donald Trump accused Tehran of squandering Iran's wealth in part by supporting Hezbollah in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday.

At least 61 dead as powerful quake rocks Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico Tuesday, killing at least 61 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust and thousands fled into the streets in panic.

Trump vows to 'totally destroy' North Korea if threatened

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge Tuesday, threatening to totally destroy the country of 26 million people if its rocket man leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Oil tax bill passes in busy Parliament session

Among the bills passed by Parliament Tuesday, lawmakers agreed the oil tax bill, effectively clearing the way for foreign companies to bid for offshore oil and gas exploration in Lebanon's territorial waters.

May to make high-stakes Brexit speech

After months of Brexit talks that have made little progress and deepened rifts in her party, British Prime Minister Theresa May will try this week to put the negotiations on track and reassert authority over her party.

TV commentator accuses Fox host of rape

A former Fox Business Network guest commentator has accused a prominent host of rape, the latest in a series of sexual misconduct allegations to rock the broadcaster.

Moscow's meddling led to low level of trust: Huntsman

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, told Congress Tuesday that Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election led directly to the lack of trust between the two former Cold War foes.

Tripoli tackling various forms of violence in schools

Participants in the Toward Violence-Free Schools initiative met in north Lebanon's Tripoli Tuesday to discuss how to communicate and coordinate further efforts for the success of the project.

Bassil blasts Berri's early election proposal as blow to reforms

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil blasted Speaker Nabih Berri's proposal to shorten Parliament's term and hold early elections, saying it would deal a blow to long-awaited reforms contained in a new vote law to govern next year's polls.

British politician's 'Beirut basement' slight causes offense

A British politician compared Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit position as being handcuffed in a Beirut basement, prompting bewildered reactions from Lebanese politicians Tuesday.

Aoun talks security ahead of U.N. speech

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, President Michel Aoun held a series of short meetings Tuesday focusing on fighting terror, Israeli violations of Lebanese territory, and the situation in the country's Palestinian refugee camps.

Shorter praises election preparation in Hariri meet

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Lebanon Hugo Shorter Tuesday praised the preparations for next year's parliamentary elections as he met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Sisi, Netanyahu meet for first time in public in New York

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu publicly for the first time in New York to discuss Middle East peace after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would push for resuming stalled negotiations.

Coalition accuses Yemen rebels of hindering food imports

The Arab-led military coalition fighting on the side of Yemen's government Tuesday accused Iran-backed rebels of delaying vital food and other imports through a major Red Sea port.

Egypt to assist 'reorganization' of Libyan army

Egypt said Tuesday it will host the reorganization of Libya's army, currently an eastern-based force led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military deal

Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation, Saudi state news agency SPA said Tuesday, redoubling efforts to face Iran in the Gulf region and defeat Daesh .

New OS revamps Apple's App Store

Apple Inc's newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps.

Hamza bin Laden, awaited heir to Al-Qaeda?

A photo montage published by Al-Qaeda to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 shows the face of Osama bin Laden in the flames of the Twin Towers.

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

When Hurricane Harvey blasted ashore in August, drowning south Texas in a year's worth of rain in just a few days, it left behind an estimated $150 billion in damage to sodden homes and inundated factories, and claimed about 60 lives.

Germany: The EU's real puppet master

Who runs the European Union?

Closing the youth apathy gap, a struggle in progress

When the United Nations' member countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals two years ago, they committed themselves to reduce substantially the proportion of youth not in employment, education, or training.

Haye says all set for rematch with Bellew

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye said Tuesday he was all set for a rematch with fellow Briton Tony Bellew after losing their first meeting in March.

Iraqi forces take village in Daesh-held area

Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units Tuesday seized a village in one of the last pockets of territory controlled by Daesh in the vast western province of Anbar, bordering Syria.

Kurds debate independence ahead of referendum

Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for Sept. 25 has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region's main cities.

Facing the challenge of reviving India's economy

Not long ago, India was a poster child for political stability and economic growth among emerging economies.

Untimely acrobatics

In the absence of tweets in the Middle East skies, communications have been accomplished by loud and clear tools.

No coach, no problem for Pliskova

Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is confident that splitting with coach David Kotyza will not be a hindrance as she attempts to go it alone over the home stretch of the season, leading up to the WTA Finals in Singapore next month.

Suu Kyi quiet on U.N. accusations

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday condemned human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of an ethnic cleansing campaign by the military.