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Israel's ministry orders Haifa Ammonia plant shutdown after Hezbollah threats

Israel's environment ministry said Wednesday it would not renew the license of an ammonia container in the northern city of Haifa, less than 10 days after a court ordered it be emptied, Israeli media reported on Wednesday The container, which can hold 12,000 tonnes of the toxin, put the public ...

Le Pen aides questioned in police custody over jobs scandal

Two aides to far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen were being questioned in police custody Wednesday, a source close to the inquiry told Agence France-Presse. French anti-graft police were questioning the pair over suspicions that Le Pen's National Front party defrauded the European ...

UN: upcoming Syria talks aimed at 'political transition'

A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their “main guidance” for the first Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for a political transition. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura is putting the “finishing touches on ...

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a “cancerous tumor” that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated. “… by Allah's permission, we will see that this ...

In Tehran Berri praises Iran's ME role at the sixth conference on the ” Palestinian Intifada”

Amal Movement leader , Speaker Nabih Berri thanked  Iran for supporting Lebanon in facing the Israeli occupation and its solidarity with the Army, people and the Resistance,'  National News Agency reported on Tuesday. Berri who is in  Tehran delivered a speech at the opening of the sixth ...

Geagea tells Le Pen: Assad is a terrorist just like the Islamic State

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea met on Tuesday visiting France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen at his residence in Maarab, where he stressed that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a terrorist  and is no different than the Islamic State terror group. I took my time to explain to ...

Le Pen stirs controversy in Lebanon over headscarf and support for Assad

BEIRUT –  France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused Tuesday to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti on Tuesday after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf. Le Pen, who is on a three-day visit to Lebanon this week and has met senior officials, was scheduled to meet ...

Police search Marine Le Pen's HQ over EU parliament 'fake jobs' scam

French investigators probing an alleged fake jobs scam by the far-right National Front raided the group's headquarters outside Paris on Monday, the party said. The raid is the second in a year by investigators trying to determine whether the FN used European Parliament funds to pay for 20 assistants ...

French anti-immigration candidate Le Pen visits Beirut to meet with top Lebanese leaders

French far-right leader and presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in the capital of Beirut. Le Pen, who is trying to establish international credentials as part of her current bid for the ...

Trump taps an expert on how to fight Russia as his new National Security adviser

US Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as selected as President Donald Trump's new National Security Advisor, but prior to his new posting, the bold general was in charge of a program examining how the U.S. will fight a resurgent Russia. Trump announced McMaster's appointment Monday, one week after his last ...

Hezbollah chief: Israel must 'count to a million before waging any war on Lebanon'

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned   Israel  on Monday against waging any war on Lebanon, stressing  that his group will not abide by any red lines' in any future confrontation, Lebanese media reported Israel must 'count to a million' before waging any war on Lebanon and we're prepared ...

Thousands of protesters across US say 'Not My President'

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day. The events on the federal holiday didn't draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following the Republican president's ...

Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin dies at 64

By SOMINI SENGUPTA Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died on Monday while at work in Manhattan, shocking the diplomatic community. He would have been 65 on Tuesday. The Russian government said he died suddenly' but did not specify a cause. His death comes at an ...

London Mayor wants Trump's state visit scrapped over cruel and shameful' policies

Donald Trump's cruel and shameful' policies mean he should not be granted a state visit, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said as MPs prepared to debate the US President's forthcoming trip to the UK. Mr Khan said the controversial tycoon's travel ban aimed at people from seven Muslim-majority countries, ...

Iraqi forces battle their way toward Mosul airport as they push to capture city

 Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way to Mosul airport Monday as they prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank. The fresh push in the four-month-old operation to retake Mosul has sparked fears for 750,000 trapped civilians who risk ...

How Palestinians should respond to Trump's 'one state'

The role of the US administration as a dishonest broker for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis could not have been better illustrated than by last week's news conference with United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting between these two ...

Russia compiles psychological file on Trump for Putin

A dossier on Donald Trump's psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among the preliminary conclusions? The new American leader is a risk-taker but can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser. Trump “doesn't understand fully who is Mr. Putin — he ...

Mattis: “U.S. is not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil”

 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from ...

France also accuses Russia of election cyber attacks targeting pro-Europe candidate

Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are “unacceptable”, France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted. A spokesman for Macron, who is currently riding high in the polls, has accused ...

Aoun won't sign a decree for parliamentary polls without a deal on a new electoral law

Change and Reform bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan has revealed that President Michel Aoun will not sign a decree that for new parliamentary elections that are supposed to be held on May 21 before an agreement is reached over a new electoral law. Aoun has already announced that he will not sign the ...

Meet Mr. 'Death by China,' the little known professor leading Trump's trade wars

By Steven Mufson If President Trump were to make a movie encapsulating his feelings about China, it might look a lot like this: A red, white and blue ball with the word jobs' appears on the screen. It rolls under the portrait of Mao Zedong through an animated Gate of Heavenly Peace, the iconic ...

Bill Gates warns the world about Bioterrorism threat:” Could kill more than nuclear war”

A genetically engineered virus is easier to make and could kill more people than nuclear weapons — and yet no country on Earth is ready for the threat, Bill Gates warned world leaders Saturday. No one on his panel at the Munich Security Conference argued with him. The next epidemic has a good ...

Is Russia plotting to annex Eastern Ukraine ?

The Russian president has signed an executive order granting visa-free travel to anyone living in self-declared separatist republics in eastern Ukraine and recognising all documents issued by militias. It gives birth, marriage and death certificates, identification, qualification, vehicle ...

Kraft withdraws offer to merge with Unilever

U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co withdrew its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc , the companies said on Sunday, raising questions about Kraft's next steps and whether it could turn its focus to another target. Kraft had made a surprise offer for Unilever in a bid ...

Israeli PM turned down regional peace initiative

An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict ...

Mccain slams Trump: Dictators 'get started by suppressing free press'

By Eugene Scott US Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump's attacks on the media this week by noting dictators “get started by suppressing free press.” It was a startling observation from a sitting member of Congress against the President of the United States, especially ...

Sweden puzzled by Trump's crime comment: “What has he been smoking? “

A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten U.S. borders sharply for national security ...

'Venezuela is not a democracy' Argentina's president tells Spanish media

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri used some of his harshest language yet against Venezuela's socialist government in comments to Spanish media published on Saturday ahead of his trip to Madrid. “Enough with euphemisms, Venezuela is not a democracy,” the center-right Macri said, ...

Russia behind plot to kill Montenegro PM: UK officials

British officials believe Russian authorities were behind a plot in October to kill Montenegro's pro-Western prime minister, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, citing senior British government sources. A special prosecutor in the former Yugoslav republic said in November that a group of ...

'California is a nation, not a state', says a movement that wants a break from the U.S.

By Katie Zezima About 15 people huddled in a luxury apartment building, munching on danishes as they plotted out their plan to have California secede from the United States. I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of an independent California,' Geoff Lewis said as he stood in a glass-walled conference ...

Warren Buffett's Dealmaking Ketchup Giant Kraft Heinz Heads Abroad

In the populist age of President Donald Trump - when CEOs are routinely hauled to Washington and browbeaten on live television over an America-first jobs agenda - it makes perfect sense for Kraft Heinz to shock Wall Street and take its ruthless deal-making abroad. On Friday morning, Kraft Heinz said ...

Germany: Merkel says there is a problem with the value of the euro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was a “problem” with the value of the euro because the European Central Bank was tailoring its policies to weaker members of the eurozone and not strictly to Germany. “We have at the moment in the eurozone of course a problem with the ...

Iraq announces west Mosul offensive, as UN warn over the safety of trapped civilian

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the start of an offensive to drive so-called Islamic State out of the western part of Mosul. Government troops and allied militia retook the eastern side of the city, the last major IS stronghold in Iraq, earlier this year. But the western side, ...

Lebanese film picks up prestigious Berlin film award

The prestigious best fiction film award at this year's Berlin film festival has gone to the joint Lebanese-French-Belgian film Insyriated, it was announced on Saturday. Insyriated is a tautly-constructed drama about a group of people trying to live a normal life in a war zone. It is the second film ...

Lebanese started a petition to block 'France's Trump' from visiting Beirut

The leader of France's far-right National Front political party will visit Lebanon next week according to a government source, and some Lebanese are quite unhappy to say the least. Marine Le Pen, who is called “France's Trump” and a “fascist”, along with her political party, ...

President Aoun warns Israel against any attempt to violate Lebanon's sovereignty

Lebanese President Michel Aoun warned on Saturday that any Israeli attempt to violate Lebanon's sovereignty would be met with the “appropriate response”, in a statement released by his office. “Any attempt to hurt Lebanese sovereignty or expose the Lebanese to danger will find the ...

Trump protesters hold 'mock funeral' for the presidency

Demonstrators are taking to the streets in New York City to protest President Trump, including a man dressed up as the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Video posted to social media on Saturday showed protesters at a “mock funeral” for the U.S. presidency, according to ABC News. Clad ...

Iran to conduct new military drills despite US warnings

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test. “The manoeuvres called 'Grand Prophet 11' will start Monday and last three days,” ...

Pope Francis: Muslim terrorism doesn't exist, fundamentalist, violent people are in all religions

POPE Francis has firmly denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, in a speech to a world meeting of populist movements yesterday. In an impassioned defence of all faiths, the leader of the Catholic Church argued religion promotes peace and the danger of radicalisation exists in all religious ...

McCain attacks Trump's worldview and nationalism at Munich Security Conference

John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard. During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump's worldview and brand of ...

Mexicans form human chain along border to protest Trump's wall

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Around 1,500 Mexicans protested against U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border Friday by making a human chain. “Hand in hand we show a national unity that makes no distinction between people,” said Senator Armando Rios Piter ...

Tillerson: US not tilting towards Russia on Syria and backs UN effort

Rex Tillerson, trying to reassure allies that Washington was not tilting towards Moscow over the Syrian conflict, told them on Friday that the US backed UN efforts to broker a political solution to the war, officials and diplomats said. US Secretary of State Tillerson also said military ties with ...

Like Fillon, France's Le Pen faces her own 'fake job' scandal

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday vehemently denied having ever admitted to anti-fraud investigators that she misused EU funds to pay her bodyguard, saying she is the target of outright lies. It's a shameless lie, I have never admitted such a thing to investigators,' the National Front ...

Harsh Hezbollah words were a “red line “warning for Trump

Speeches by Hezbollah's leader this week were aimed at making clear to the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump that the Lebanese group could strike U.S. interests by hitting Israel, a source familiar with its thinking said on Friday. Trump and administration officials have used strong ...

Trump weighs mobilizing 100000 National Guard troops for immigration roundups

President Donald Trump's administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to a draft copy of an order obtained by The Associated Press. Though the AP on Friday reported that the memo was written by U.S. Homeland Security ...

Russia celebrated prematurely Trump's win…media to scale down coverage

For several months, the pro-Kremlin media had nothing but praise for Donald Trump. During the US election campaign, Russian state TV bulletins and pro-government newspapers portrayed him as some kind of David taking on the Goliath of a “corrupt… Russia-hating” Washington elite. They ...

Trump clashes with an Orthodox Jewish reporter over anti-Semitism question

Jake Turx is a newly minted White House correspondent for a publication that has never before had a seat in the White House press corps: Ami Magazine, an Orthodox Jewish weekly based in Brooklyn. He is a singular presence in the briefing room: a young Hasidic Jew with side curls tucked behind his ...

Unilever rejects $143 billion Kraft Heinz bid as without merit

By Martinne Geller LONDON- Unilever rejected a surprise $143 billion takeover bid from U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co on Friday, saying it saw no reason to discuss a deal which it said had no financial or strategic merit. But while Unilever, the maker of Lipton tea and Dove soap, said the ...

Pope: Politicians should pursue dialogue with perceived enemies or risk going to war

Pope Frances urged  leaders to  lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other stressing that they  should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. By Philip Pullella ROME, ITALY - Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and ...

Russia finds after failed talks in Astana that brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

With its show of military force, Russia changed the tide of the Syrian civil war. It is finding the next phase , brokering an end to the fighting , a tougher proposition. A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia ended on Thursday with no joint communique, usually the minimum outcome of any ...