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235 killed in Egypt mosque attack

Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt. The attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of ...

New Cold War? Iran Sends Warships to Gulf of Mexico

Iranian warships are set to leave the waters of the Persian Gulf to sail across the world and tour another gulf—the one that lies between the U.S. and Mexico. At a time when Iran is looking to expand and modernize its military in the face of what is seen as a growing U.S. threat, its

Iran calls Saudi crown prince 'immature' after describing its Supreme leader as the new Hitler

Iran has accused the Saudi crown prince of being “immature” after he described the Iranian Supreme Leader as the Hitler of the Middle East. In a war of words between the two regional rivals, Iran's foreign ministry said Prince Mohammed bin Salman should “ponder the fate” of ...

Iran's supreme leader 'the new Hitler', says Saudi crown prince

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has called Iran's supreme leader “the new Hitler of the Middle East”, amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Alluding to Iran's growing regional power, Mohammed bin Salman said it was important to avoid a repeat “of what happened in Europe ...

Jumblatt rejects Iran's interference in Lebanon internal affairs. “We don't take dictations”

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Friday denounced  Iran's interference in Lebanon's affairs  , a day after Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps head said that Hezbollah weapons were non-negotiable and disarming Hezbollah was out of the question . In a tweet early morning, Jumblatt ...

It is over for the strict Wahhabi school of Islam! Saudis pushing for a more moderate Islam

The head of a Saudi-based organization that for decades was charged with spreading the strict Wahhabi school of Islam around the world has said those times were over and his focus now was aimed at annihilating extremist ideology. Former justice minister Mohammed al-Issa, appointed secretary-general ...

Any new war ends in Israel's annihilation, says Iran's military chief

The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned that any future war in the region will result in the annihilation of Israel, Iranian Fars News Agency reported on Thursday. “It is a proven claim that today we say any new war will lead to the eradication of the Zionist regime. ...

Flynn ends information sharing with Trump, moving to cooperate with Mueller on Russia

The legal team representing Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, has ended an agreement to share information about the ongoing Russia probe with the White House, a likely sign that Flynn is looking to cooperate with investigators, The New York Times reported on ...

Assad needs to leave before there's peace, Syrian opposition says

Key Syrian opposition groups insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should play no role in any transitional period under any peace deal supervised by the United Nations. Saudi Arabia hosted a two-day “expanded” conference for the Syrian opposition forces in Riyadh on Wednesday and ...

Israeli official under fire for saying Jews' have a poor commitment to service in U.S. military

A top Israeli diplomat was rebuked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for suggesting that American Jews have a poor commitment to service in the U.S. military. Asked in an English-language television interview about criticism of Israeli policies by some U.S. Jews, Deputy Foreign ...

Zimbabwe asks if Mnangagwa can bring change. Can a crocodile change its scales?

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves. We are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy,' the 75-year-old announced Wednesday upon ...

Sudan's Bashir asks Russia's Putin for 'protection' from US

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States. Speaking during his first visit to Russia as president, Bashir also said he wanted to ramp up ...

Mia Khalifa proclaimed her love for Lebanon, but doesn't believe her feelings were reciprocated

A Lebanese-American former glamor model has caused a social media stir after she posted a message on Twitter that proclaimed her love for Lebanon, but added that she did not believe her feelings were reciprocated. In a celebration of Lebanon's Independence Day, Mia Khalifa tweeted: Happy ...

PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first . ” Look for Lebanon's interests”

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday Lebanon's political crisis was a wake-up call' for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his shock announcement on Nov. 4 that he was resigning. He made it from ...

Syria opposition calls for direct negotiations with Assad regime

Syria opposition representatives meeting in the Saudi capital have called for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Syrian government that would lead to the launch of a transition period. The opposition didn't condition its participation in the U.N-based negotiations on the departure of ...

Iran decides for Hezbollah says disarming it is out of the question, arms issue not-negotiable

Iran's Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting ceasefire' there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon's Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between ...

15 fascinating facts about Lebanon as it celebrates its independence day

By Chris Leadbeater, travel writer It is not so long - perhaps 30 years - since Lebanon was a destination to which no-one with any common sense would have ventured without good cause. It was a civil-war-torn hell-hole, a regular tattered house guest stumbling onto the evening news bulletins - an ...

Much remains unclear as Hariri suspends his resignation. What concessions he might get?

 By Alexandra Zavis and Alexandra Zavis Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he would wait before putting his resignation into effect, opening a path to solving a crisis that has thrown the tiny Mediterranean nation into turmoil. Hariri met Wednesday morning with President Michel ...

Palestinian factions agree to hold 2018 general election

Palestinian factions, including rival groups Hamas and Fatah, have agreed to hold a general election by the end of 2018, a joint statement by several groups said on Wednesday following talks in Cairo. Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in October in Cairo-backed talks after Hamas agreed to ...

Russian billionaire senator charged with tax fraud in France

Russian billionaire senator Suleyman Kerimov was charged Wednesday with tax fraud in Nice and released under strict conditions, a state prosecutor said. Kerimov, whose detention Monday upon arrival at the French Riviera airport in connection with a tax evasion case concerning his purchase of several ...

Hariri gets hero's welcome in the heart of Beirut

After nearly three weeks of an absence cloaked in rumor and mystery, a crowd of ecstatic supporters welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri like a prodigal son on Wednesday. Hundreds of noisy supporters thronged a beaming Hariri at his Beirut home, a few hours after a jet flew him back to Lebanon. The ...

Syrian opposition to stick to demand Assad go at start of transition: report

Syrian opposition groups will stick to their demand President Bashar al-Assad leave power at the start of any political transition, Al Arabiya television reported on Wednesday, despite speculation they could soften their stance in light of the government's strength on the battlefield. The opposition ...

Hariri to hold off resignation as Lebanon's PM

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday he would hold off presenting his resignation as prime minister in response to a request from President Michel Aoun to allow more dialogue. I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it and to hold onto it for ...

Palestinians end all contacts with US officials over closure of PLO mission in Washington,DC

The Palestinians have severed all contacts with officials from the Trump administration after it decided to close their official representation in Washington, dealing a blow to any potential resurrection of peace talks with Israel. Last week, the State Department declined to renew the permit for the ...

France says Hezbollah must disarm

In a daily briefing to journalists on Tuesday , a spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry said that “France's demands on Hezbollah are well known.” “It must disarm” “In accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, we are waiting for Hezbollah to disarm ...

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader loses appeal against life sentence

The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement, Mohamed Badie, lost his appeal on Wednesday against a life sentence for his role in violent clashes during political turmoil in 2013, judicial sources said. The judgment by the court of cassation against the sentence, handed out in 2016, cannot be ...

Jared Kushner's horizons are collapsing within the West Wing. Kelly has clipped his wings'

BY GABRIEL SHERMAN When Donald Trump appointed John Kelly as chief of staff in July, the four-star Marine general arrived with a mandate to bring order to a freewheeling West Wing. Gone are the days of staffers waltzing into the Oval Office to lobby the president on policy or supply him with gossip. ...

North Korea rejoins Sudan, Syria and Iran on the US list of 'State Sponsors Of Terrorism'

On Monday, during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump announced that the United States is re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list by former President George W. Bush in 2008. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea will ...

Iranian hacker charged with trying to extort HBO as Congress weighs nuclear pact

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a part-time Iranian government hacker with infiltrating HBO and trying to extort the company, a move that comes amid allegations the charges were rushed to bolster President Donald Trump's case against Tehran. The man, Behzad Mesri, is charged with ...

After Assad's visit, Putin talked with Trump, Saudi King

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump by phone for about an hour on Tuesday as the Kremlin mounts a diplomatic push to resolve the war in Syria after a visit by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Putin is taking a dominant role in efforts to end the conflict ...

Hariri blasts Iran's Rouhani: Has no right to tell us what we should do in Lebanon

Resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri blasted Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's remarks stressing   that Iran is not entitled to interfere in Lebanon's internal affairs, blasting its attempts to dominate the region. It is not Rouhani the one who decides what we should do in Lebanon,' Hariri said ...

Lebanon's PM Hariri holds talks with Egypt President Sisi in Cairo

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as prime minister on Nov. 4, has arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egyptian state news agency MENA and Hariri's press office said on Tuesday. Hariri had been in Paris since Saturday when he met French ...

Trump congratulates Aoun, Berri on Lebanon's 74th Independence Day

U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged on the occasion marking Lebanon's independence day Washington's continued support of Lebanon's stability and sovereignty. Trump's stance was expressed in cables to both President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri. In his remarks to Aoun, the U.S. leader ...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns. People celebrating the end of four decades of his rule

Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover ...

Lebanese army orders troops to “be on full alert!” to prepare for a possible Israeli attack

Lebanese Army Chief General Joseph Aoun, called on the army to be fully prepared to confront any Israeli threats and violations that might occur at the southern border due to its increasingly hostile attitude towards Lebanon, its people and its army, Fort Ross reported quoting an  Al Mayadeen TV ...

At least 50 killed in mosque attack in northeast Nigeria

At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres by

Hezbollah Denies Sending Weapons to Yemen

BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday his Iran-backed group had not sent any weapons to Yemen and denied that it was behind the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh from Yemeni territory held by Tehran-allied Houthi forces. In a televised address,  Hassan Nasrallah also urged ...

Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

WASHINGTON – President Trump said Monday he plans to declare Kim Jong Un's government a state sponsor of terrorism, as he seeks to ratchet up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. “The North Korean regime must be lawful. It must end its unlawful nuclear and ...

Egyptian president Sisi to meet Lebanon's PM Hariri on Tuesday

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4, on Tuesday evening, the presidency said on Monday. Sisi and Hariri's meeting will address the latest developments in the region and developments of the Lebanon ...

Mugabe now faces impeachment

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe came under increasing pressure to quit Monday as his ruling party said it would move to impeach him and the army revealed his likely successor would soon return to the country. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old president had flouted expectations ...

Missing submarine reported 'mechanical problem' in final call, says Argentine Navy

An Argentine military submarine reported a malfunction and was headed back to base when it went missing last week in the South Atlantic, a naval spokesman said on Monday, while storms complicated efforts to find the vessel and its 44-member crew. Hopes for a successful search for the ARA San Juan ...

Hezbollah allies in Lebanon criticize its labeling as a terrorist group by the Arab League

Speaker Nabih Berri, an ally of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group criticized indirectly on Monday the Arab League's closing statement that named Hezbollah a terrorist' organization. Thanks and sorry…Thank God and sorry that we in Lebanon have fought the Israelis,' said Berri in a ...

New Saudi ambassador to Lebanon arrived in Beirut

Walid al-Yaaqoub, the new Saudi Arabian ambassador to Lebanon arrived Monday in Beirut and was welcomed at the Rafik Hariri International Airport by acting protocol director at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry Assaf Doumit and the ambassadors of Kuwait, the UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Tunisia, Morocco, ...

Top psychiatrist: Trump's 'mental impairment' poses danger to the world

What if you knew a truth about someone that harboured dangers of such magnitude that it could be the key to future human survival? What if that “someone” happened to be the President of the United States? And what if you were told to keep silent about it? In a controversial new book, ...

Ex-Chile leader Pinera favored to win presidential election

Chileans voted for a successor to President Michelle Bachelet on Sunday, with billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera the favorite to win, though a crowded field of leftist challengers are likely to force a December runoff Opinion polls show Pinera, who was president between 2010 and 2014 and ...

Israel president rejects pardon appeal of soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian assailant

In September, Israel's military reduced by four months the 18-month jail term of Elor Azaria who was caught on videotape shooting dead a Palestinian who was lying wounded after taking part in a stabbing attack on other Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in March 2015. A ...

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior Israeli official of such contacts. In an interview on Army Radio, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz was asked why Israel was hiding its ties ...

Hariri to visit Egypt Tuesday on his way to Lebanon to attend independence day

Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Tuesday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Hariri's office said on Sunday. Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French ...

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies accuse Iran and Hezbollah of interference

Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, warning they would not stand by in the face of Iranian interference in Arab affairs. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy ...

Containing Iran's influence: The regional players' wagers on Tel Aviv and Israel's calculations

By Raghida Dergham Waters will not flow again under the bridges after the return from Riyadh to Beirut of the outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri — via Paris then another Arab capital. Attempts to pressure him to fall into the orbit of Hezbollah and its ally President Michel Aoun for ...