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Over 15,000 petition Iran's judiciary to free prominent teachers' rights activist Esmail Abdi

An online petition signed by more than 15,000 people calling for the release of imprisoned teachers' rights leader Esmail Abdi has been delivered to the judiciary and the office of the president. Mr. Abdi is not a thief, murderer, drug dealer, embezzler, foreign spy or traitor to his country,' said ...

Hezbollah chief calls for Saudi- Iran dialogue, says it is only way forward

The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump. In a speech Thursday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the U.S. president is 'only interested in money' and is ...

'We believe in Lebanon's future', British envoy says

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo shorter commented during the occasion marking Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday and her Sapphire Jubilee about the terrorism attack in Manchester . Despite the dreadful terrorist attack in Manchester that targeted children and young people, it is in our nature to ...

US Senate committee approves new sanctions on Iran's missiles

A key Senate committee approved new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missiles program after amending clauses that critics said could scuttle the Iran nuclear deal. On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill by a vote of 18-3. It was backed by the committee's two leaders, ...

Macron beats Trump in a handshake contest

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron completed the initial leg of his first diplomatic marathon with a win: He beat his US counterpart in a handshake contest. It wasn't billed as such, of course, but during his brief yet already memorable tenure as president, Donald Trump has made ...

Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe

The activities of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner have come under FBI scrutiny as part of the probe of Russian interference in last year's presidential election, US media reported Thursday. Although it is unclear whether Kushner is a main focus of the probe, he is ...

Trump, at NATO, vows unwavering fight against terrorism

U.S. President Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders on Thursday that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the Manchester attacks “savage” and “barbaric”. While he also accused low-spending members of the alliance of owing “massive amounts of ...

Trump condemns leaks after UK police briefly halt information sharing

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that “deeply troubling” leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police briefly stopped sharing information with U.S. agencies. Prime Minister Theresa May raised British concerns with Trump ...

Bahrain holds Lebanese govt. responsible for Hezbollah threats

Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the kingdom of Bahrain is holding the Lebanese government responsible for the remarks of Hezbollah and its chief Hassan Nasrallah against the kingdom's rulers. The Lebanese government bears the responsibility for the insulting statements of its ...

Iran: Women use their smartphones to fight back the morality police'

With black chadors over their uniforms, officers of Iran's guidance patrols' are a scourge for Iranian women who want to wear bright colours and push the limits of the Islamic Republic's dress code. But some Iranian women are fighting back, using their smartphones to document what happens once they ...

Vatican Presses Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis put climate change on the agenda of his first meeting with President Trump on Wednesday, and the subject is likely to come up again and again in the president's encounters with other world leaders in the coming days. That could put Mr. Trump on the back foot after what had been an ...

Melting pot Manchester stresses unity after concert attack

On the Manchester street they call the “Curry Mile,” there are no longer just Indian or Pakistani restaurants. Instead, in a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, a hungry diner these days can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or ...

IsraelI DM appears to confirm that Trump leaked intelligence to Russia's FM

Israel's defense minister appears to have confirmed that his country's intelligence was leaked by President Donald Trump during a meeting with Russian officials this month. When asked about the affair in a radio interview, Avigdor Lieberman said Israel made a “specific correction” in its ...

Brazil's Michel Temer deploys army as protesters start fire in ministry

By Alonso Soto and Anthony Boadle  BRASILIA - Protesters demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer staged running battles with police and set fire to a ministry building in Brasilia on Wednesday, prompting the scandal-hit leader to order the army onto the streets. Tens of ...

Egypt blocks 21 websites, including Al Jazeera: Report

Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television, for “supporting terrorism”, state news agency MENA and security sources said on Wednesday. Reuters tried to access five websites named by local Egyptian newspapers and broadcasters, including ...

Berri warns over “dangerous developments in the region”

Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri warned on  Wednesday about  the dangerous developments in the region'  and the grave economic situation  in the country “and urged the politicians to agree on an electoral law Contacts are still underway over the electoral law but there is nothing ...

Lebanon polls under 1960 law in September if no deal on a new law, says Mashnouq

Lebanon Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced on Wednesday that the parliamentary elections will be held in September under the controversial 1960 electoral law should the parties fail to reach a deal on a new law. There are efforts to open an extraordinary legislative session in an ...

UK raises terror threat level, deploys troops in wake of Manchester attack

Soldiers will be deployed to key sites in Britain to boost security as the country raised its terror threat to the highest level on Tuesday in the wake of the previous night's deadly attack on a concert venue in Manchester. At least 22 people, many of them children, were killed when a suicide bomber ...

Trump Leaves Israel With Hope for Peace, but No Plan for It

In case there was any doubt, President Trump made it exceedingly clear: He wants a deal. I intend to do everything I can,' he said on Tuesday. Moreover, he left after a 28-hour visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank convinced that he has partners in peace after meeting with the president of the

Moody's downgrades China rating to A1 from Aa3 due to slowing economy, growing debt

Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded China's credit rating to A1 from Aa3, changing its outlook to stable from negative, citing concerns efforts to support growth will spur debt growth across the economy. Foreign-exchange markets reacted to the news, with the Australian dollar dropping ...

Melania again appears to refuse Donald Trump's attempted hand-hold in Rome

The sometimes awkward body language between US president Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, continues to draw attention on social media. The latest incident occurred on Tuesday after Air Force One landed in Rome. Mr Trump waved to the crowd and was seen reaching for his wife's left hand as they ...

American Zionists furious at Tillerson over his remarks on flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel

“We're shocked at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remark to reporters during their Air Force One flight from Riyadh to Israel,” the Zionist Organization of America ZOA)  announced today, according to Israeli Arutz Sheva website The ZOA, the oldest pro-Israel organization in the ...

Trump is “truly hopeful” about brokering Israel-Palestinians peace deal after meeting with Abbas

President Donald Trump said he's “truly hopeful” America can help Israel and the Palestinians broker a peace deal following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today. “I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians ...

Brazilian President Michel Temer:'I won't quit. Oust me if you want'

Brazilian President Michel Temer, facing growing calls for his resignation over a corruption scandal, said he would not step down even if he was formally indicted by the Supreme Court. “I will not resign. Oust me if you want, but if I stepped down, I would be admitting guilt,” Temer told ...

UN-backed panel adopts draft treaty banning nuclear weapons

A panel charged by the U.N. General Assembly has presented a draft that could lead to a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, although none of the countries that possess them participated in its writing. Advocates of the draft unveiled in Geneva on Monday say the move builds on work officially launched ...

Trump: Concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason JERUSALEM - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”. In stressing ...

Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and about 50 injured

Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. Police were called to reports of an explosion at the venue at about 22:35 BST following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. The cause of the blast is unknown but North West Counter ...

US, Saudi Arabia stress the importance of backing Lebanon

The United States and Saudi Arabia issued a joint statement at the end of the Riyadh summit in which they stressed the importance of backing the Lebanese state in extending its sovereignty across its entire territory.' The statement that was revealed by the Saudi official news agency SPA said the ...

Israeli drone crashes in Aita al-Shaab southern Lebanon

An Israeli “Skylark” drone crashed in the Aita al-Shaab area of southern Lebanon on Monday, Lebanon's state news agency NNA reported. Tensions have increased in recent months between Israel and Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah movement, and Monday's crash is the second of an Israeli drone in ...

Trump Comes to Israel Citing a Palestinian Deal as Crucial

President Trump began a two-day visit to Israel on Monday with a blunt assessment for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: If Israel really wants peace with its Arab neighbors, the cost will be resolving the generations-old standoff with the Palestinians. For years, Mr. Netanyahu has sought to ...

Trump compares Hezbollah to ISIS, praises Lebanon and its army

In his first public address abroad  since taking office on January 20th, U.S. President Donald Trump compared Sunday Hezbollah to other extremist organizations such as Islamic State and al-Qaida and praised the Lebanese army for fighting IS and hailed Lebanon for hosting a huge number of Syrian ...

PM Hariri held talks with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met on Monday in Riyadh with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to a statement issued by Hariri's media office said. Discussions between the two men focused on the Lebanese-Saudi ties and the latest developments in the region, it added. Hariri's ...

Tensions deepen between Saudi, Iran, US after Trump visit

The yawning gap between Tehran and Washington has grown even wider with US President Donald Trump's latest efforts to isolate Iran, which accused the United States of “milking” Saudi Arabia for petro-dollars. Trump's choice of Saudi Arabia, Iran's bitter regional rival, for his first ...

800 US houses of worship defy Trump's immigration crackdown…

Since President Trump took office, according to ICE, about 11,000 undocumented people with no criminal records have been detained , twice as many as last year. Now, the number of religious institutions across the country offering sanctuary has doubled to more than 800. Illegal immigrants can be ...

Trump accuses Iran of” fueling the fires of sectarian conflict and terror'

Donald Trump has launched a fierce attack on Iran, just a day after the country re-elected its moderate president on a platform of re-engagement with the outside world. Speaking to an audience of Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, the US president singled out Tehran for fueling the fires of ...

Why Trump's speech on terrorism was such a missed opportunity

By Quintan Wiktorowicz On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, President Trump delivered his first speech abroad, calling for stronger partnerships with Muslim-majority countries to destroy terrorists through military action and financial measures and to combat the false allure of the craven ideology' that has ...

Netanyahu furious as Cabinet members decided to boycott Trump's reception - report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has angrily demanded that all his Cabinet ministers attend Monday's reception ceremony for US President Donald Trump, after many said they would not show up. The original plan for Trump's arrival was for a long reception, including handshakes with all ...

'Drive out' the Terrorists, Trump tells Arab and Muslim leaders

President Donald Trump offered a message of unity Sunday as he called on the Arab world to confront extremism during a highly anticipated speech in the birthplace of Islam. “Drive them out!” Trump said of terrorists to dozens of Arab leaders who attended his remarks. “Of your ...

Lebanon elections will most likely be held under the 1960 due to failure to agree on a new one

It appears that the upcoming parliamentary elections will most likely be held under controversial 1960 electoral law due to failure of the politicians to agree on a new law, media reports said. Failure to reach a new electoral law will allow a return to the 1960 law, which enjoys the support of most ...

Hezbollah's Safieddine dismisses US sanctions, says 'won't be able to harm resistance'

Three days after he was blacklisted by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in an unprecedented “joint terrorist designation ” Hezbollah executive council chief Sayyed Hashem Safieddine stressed Sunday that the U.S. administration will not be able to harm the resistance.' America's malice and siege ...

Hariri's stance at Riyadh summit wont affect Lebanon consensus, says Khoury

Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury told al-Mustaqbal newspaper in remarks published Sunday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri's stances at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh will not affect the Lebanese consensus ' with regards to Hezbollah. Most participating countries have already labeled ...

Hezbollah faces fresh US sanctions - but they may cripple Lebanon

By Makram Rabah Since the 9/11 attacks, it's mostly been radical Sunni groups that have been branded by governments and the media as responsible for militant activities. This predisposed singling out of Sunni Islam, however, is occasionally disturbed by the US government's issuance of financial ...

Trump is under attack from his own staff, as leaks reveal

It's coming from inside the house. Throughout Trump's presidency and increasingly in the past few weeks, leaks from staff members to the press are undermining the president. The New York Times reported Friday exact details of Trump's meeting last week with Russian officials. The report cited a ...

US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth $350 billion over 10 years

By Javier E. David The United States has sealed an arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced on Saturday, a move that solidifies its decades-long alliance with the world's largest energy producer just as President Donald Trump begins his maiden trip abroad as leader of the free world. The ...

Trump orders Pentagon to 'annihilate' IS fighters

President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to “annihilate” the Islamic State group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning home, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. The move to encircle then kill as many jihadists in place as possible , rather ...

Under fire at home, Trump in Saudi on first foreign trip

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland |  Dogged by controversy at home, Donald Trump opened his first presidential foreign trip in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and won a warm reception as he looked to shift attention from a political firestorm over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Saudi King ...

King Salman shows Trump Saudi coffee drinking etiquette: video

When US President Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday he was first treated to a traditional coffee at the airport in Riyadh. King Salman enjoyed a cup of coffee with the American president and also taught him the traditional technique of asking a server to stop pouring. The Saudi king was ...

GE announces $15 billion of business deals with Saudi Arabia

U.S. technology and engineering conglomerate GE said on Saturday it had signed $15 billion of business deals with Saudi Arabia as part of the kingdom's drive to diversify its economy beyond oil. It came as dozens of senior U.S. business executives met Saudi counterparts at a conference ...

Sweden drops Assange's rape investigation, but UK will be arrest him if he leaves embassy

Swedish prosecutors said Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian ...

Rouhani leads Iran presidential race. Projected to win

President Hassan Rouhani has an unassailable lead in Iran's presidential election, an Iranian official source told Reuters on Saturday, citing an early unofficial tally, and is on course to defeat his hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi. “It's over, Rouhani is the winner,” the source said on ...