Lebanon tribunal convicts Hezbollah member Salim Jamil Ayyash for Hariri assassination

LEIDSCHENDAM: A UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. Salim Jamil Ayyash was found guilty as a co-conspirator of five charges linked to his involvement in the truck bombing. Three others


Beirut Blast Prompts New Exodus from Lebanon

From his office in Beirut, Shady Rizk had a front-row view of the cataclysmic explosion at the Lebanese capital's port. Some 350 stitches later, he sees his survival as a miracle, a second chance at life that he is determined not to spend in Lebanon. The 36-year-old telecommunications engineer i


21 million people are infected with Corona around the world ... The virus sets a new record, and deaths of 750 thousand

A Reuters count showed, Saturday, August 15, 2020, that more than 21 million people have been infected with the new Corona virus worldwide, of whom 759,411 people have died. Virus infections have been recorded in more than 210 countries and regions since the first cases were discovered in China,


US Sources Expect Washington to Impose Sanctions against Lebanon's Bassil for 'Enabling Hezbollah'

The US administration is preparing to impose anticorruption sanctions against prominent Lebanese politicians and businessmen in an effort to weaken Hezbollah’s influence in the aftermath of last week’s explosion in Beirut’s port, US officials said, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) r


Essential poll: Australians more worried about stopping Covid spread than reviving economy

Australians rank stopping community transmission of Covid-19 higher on their list of priorities than restarting the economy and putting it on the road to recovery, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, which shows people are increasingly nervous about the second wave. The latest survey


How Does the Lebanon Disaster Impact Syria?

The impact of the Beirut blast on Damascus will not be limited to direct losses, such as victims and material damage to Syrians living in Lebanon, but it will reach the political, economic and military spheres. As the debris and dust began to settle over the scene of massive devastation at Beirut


US Iran envoy Brian Hook standing down, Elliott Abrams to take on the role

 Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post and US Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will add Iran to his role "following a transition period" with Hook, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.Hook's departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to vote next week on


US Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post

The US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook is stepping down from his post, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday."Brian Hook has decided to step down from his role," Pompeo said in a statement, after Hook revealed his plans to the New York Times.Hook will be replaced by Elliott Ab


Beirut explosion: How ship's deadly cargo ended up at port

Lebanon's government has blamed the huge blast that devastated parts of Beirut on the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the city's port. People have expressed anger and disbelief that such a large quantity of potentially explosive material was kept inside a warehouse withou


Small Plane Hits Shut Village Coffee Shop in Greece

Police said the accident occurred during a morning training flight. The 19-year-old pilot, who was flying solo, apparently lost control of the light aircraft and hit a large tree in the main square of Proti, a village in the Serres area east of Thessaloniki. The tree broke the force of the crash


Coronavirus cases worldwide pass 18 million

PARIS - The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide has passed 18 million, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 2240 GMT Sunday.At least 18,011,763 cases have now been registered as the pandemic’s rate of infection continues to accelerate. A million more cases have been de


Security, Political Challenges Await New Governor of Yemen’s Aden

Aden (Republic of Yemen)- Mohammed Nasser - The new governor of Yemen's temporary capital, Ahmed Hamed Lamlas, will face many security and political challenges in addition to problems in services. He previously managed al-Mansoura and Khormaksar districts, before being assigned as Shabwa governor.


Seattle Black Lives Matter clashes spark 45 arrests, 21 police injured

Dozens were arrested and many police injured in clashes around Seattle’s biggest Black Lives Matter protest in weeks on Saturday, police said, with a renewed energy sparked by violent clashes between activists and federal agents in nearby Portland, Oregon.Police said officers used non-lethal


Trump is calling protesters who disagree with him terrorists. That puts him in the company of the world's autocrats

  Heavily armed, unidentifiable security agents dressed in camouflage have been snatching anti-racism protesters off the streets of Portland, Oregon, and bundling them into unmarked cars, with no clear justification. They're scenes you might expect to see in authoritarian countries, not in Ame


UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space

The US State Department described the recent use of "what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry" as concerning. Russia's defence ministry earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment. The US has previously raised concerns about new Ru


Poll: Nearly Two-thirds of Americans Fear Sharing Their Political Views

According to the poll, 62% of Americans — and 77% of Republicans — are afraid to share their views. Even a majority of Democrats (52%) report that they are afraid to share their views. The only group that feels they are free to share their views are “staunch liberals,&rdquo


Coronavirus spike continues amid new Catalonia restrictions

Spain's north-eastern Catalonia region has again recorded a daily Covid-19 infection figure of more than 1,000, as residents endure new restrictions. Health authorities are trying to halt this week's surge, which has led to four million people around Barcelona being asked to stay home for 15 days.


Egypt's investigation into alleged serial abuser stirs national debate

Egypt's prosecutors are investigating a man they accused of attempting to sexually assault two women and a girl under the age of 18, and of blackmailing others for sex. The office of chief prosecutor Hamada Al Sawy said the man, a former student, will be held for 15 days pending the completion of t




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