Rifi to Asharq Al-Awsat: Iran, Syria behind Rafik Hariri’s Assassination

Lebanon is bracing for the verdict into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri that will be announced by the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday. The entire country and region are waiting to see whether the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will convict or acquit four Hezb

Designing quality childcare business in MENA

Angela Solomon is a former British diplomat of Lebanese descent turned entrepreneur designing the next wave of childcare business in the Middle East and North Africa. On a cancelled night out with a friend, newly a mother, she jumped on the opportunity to solve the problem of the availability of on-

What does the WHO do, and why has Trump stopped supporting it?

What is the World Health Organization’s remit?The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded as the UN global health body in 1948 in the aftermath of the second world war with a mandate to promote global health, protect against infectious disease and to serve the vulnerable. It was inspired b

US coronavirus predictions are shifting. Here's why

Things are still getting worse. The US death toll crossed 14,000 on Wednesday, with a record 1,858 deaths reported just on Tuesday. Since the outbreak started, about 425,000 cases have been diagnosed in the US. And researchers say the peak has yet to come. But the main model used by the White House

Makram Mohamed Ahmed: Freedom of the press in Egypt is not to be feared

It was rather noticeable when Makram Mohamed Ahmed, president of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, recently made bold statements about the absence of freedom of opinion and of expression in Egypt and denounced intimidation of opposing voices in the country. Ahmed, affectionately known to hi

Pompeo:US Committed to Preventing Iran From Acquiring Weapons

Before landing in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Feb 19, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo underscored the importance of the US-Saudi partnership, saying it is critical as the two countries work to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region. Pompeo’s visit to Saudi Arabia is tied

Saudi Crown Prince speaks in a tell-all CBS interview

Reem Abdellatif   Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave on Tuesday his first public address since the September 14 attacks on the Kingdom’s key oil facilities, in which he said that the response to Iran must be well-calculated. “The political and peaceful sol

Hamas: We will win war in Gaza -By Shane Bauer in Damascus

Israel's war on Gaza has left more than 700 Palestinians dead - nearly a third of them women and children - and more than 3,000 injured. But at the organisation's headquarters in Damascus, 100km from the territory, Musa Abu Marzouq, the deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, told Al Jaze

Bangladesh's 'battling begums'

Bangladesh goes to the polls on Monday with two former prime ministers fighting in what is a restoration of democracy after two years of an army-backed government. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, leader of the Awami League, and Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party - from opposing polit

Interview: Mohsin Hamid

By Shenaz Kermali in London Mohsin Hamid, the British-Pakistani author of the widely acclaimed The Reluctant Fundamentalist, speaks to Al Jazeera about how only Pakistanis can understand and share the deep sense of sorrow Indians are facing as their financial capital is held under siege.

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