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Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet Previous

Three-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was named to the post for a fourth time Thursday and immediately promised a government of technocrats committed to a French-backed reform plan.Hariri said he would “form a cabinet of non politically aligned experts with the mission of economic, financial and administrative reforms contained in the French initiative roadmap.”“I… Continua a leggere

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US officials: Iran sent emails intimidating American voters

US officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump.The announcement at a rare, hastily called news conference just two weeks before the election underscored the concern within the US… Continua a leggere

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Iran rights lawyer Sotoudeh moved to jail out of Tehran

Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been moved to a women’s detention center outside the capital Tehran instead of receiving the hospital treatment she needs, her husband said on Wednesday. The UN has called on Iran to free Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize, and other political prisoners excluded from… Continua a leggere

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UN Libya envoy ‘quite optimistic’ on ceasefire prospects

The UN’s Libya envoy said Wednesday she was “quite optimistic” about the prospects of talks in Geneva between the two warring factions producing a ceasefire.“I’m qute optimistic… there is an air of seriousness and commitment,” Stephanie Williams, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told a press conference, after the sides agreed… Continua a leggere

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Tunisia to Impose Nationwide Curfew Starting Tuesday

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Monday ordered a curfew starting from Tuesday in all regions of the country to curb the spread of Coronavirus infections, according to Reuters Coronavirus cases have been surging in Tunisia, which had managed to contain the virus earlier in the year, and have now reached more than 40,000. seenews Continua a leggere

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Atomic energy watchdog seeks details on secret Iranian nuclear site

 Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have asked the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) to provide details of their claims that Iran maintains a secret nuclear site hidden from the world as a UN-mandated nuclear arms embargo on Iran expires this week. Lifting the UN arms embargo against Iran will allow… Continua a leggere

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Finance minister says Iraq’s leaders willing to make reforms

 Iraq’s finance minister said Thursday there is growing political will to undertake drastic reforms needed for the country to tackle a daunting liquidity crisis, which has pushed Iraq to the brink of collapse.“There is more will now than there was five months ago,” Finance Minister Ali Allawi told The Associated Press. “Now, I think there… Continua a leggere

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Greece blames Turkey for holding foreign minister’s plane

Greece accused Turkey on Thursday of deliberately holding up a government aircraft carrying its foreign minister home from Iraq, leaving it circling for 20 minutes before granting it permission to cross Turkish airspace.Turkey denied the accusation, saying the aircraft had taken off from Iraq without a flight plan but had been allowed to pass once… Continua a leggere

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Twitter says investigating global outage of platform

Agence France Presse: Twitter was working Thursday evening to resolve a global outage of the social media platform used by hundreds of millions worldwide.The outage marked a new setback for the network, which is fending off accusations of bias over the decision to block a news report critical of Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden.“We… Continua a leggere

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‘Maximum pressure’ only way to oppose Iran: Experts

Iran might be the world’s greatest threat to international security, and should have maximum pressure applied to it in a bid to force “regime collapse,” according to a panel of experts convened to discuss the efficacy of sanctions on Tehran. The event, titled “An Effective Iran Policy: Sanctions or No Sanctions?” and attended by Arab… Continua a leggere

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Goldman Sachs trading business returns to glory

Goldman Sachs on Wednesday posted its best quarterly performance in a decade by some measures, as trading has moved back into the limelight and its lack of a big consumer business has switched from a curse to a blessing. The Wall Street bank posted a quarterly return on equity of 17.5 percent, its highest since… Continua a leggere

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UK study to research vitamin D coronavirus link

A UK university is launching a major study into the potential link between vitamin D and protection against coronavirus. The “Coronavit trial” will involve academics from Queen Mary University of London questioning whether increased vitamin D levels can lower the risk of winter respiratory infections, including coronavirus. The project, funded by Barts Charity, a UK… Continua a leggere

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Lebanon, Israel start talks on disputed maritime border — UN source

Long-time foes Lebanon and Israel met on Wednesday for unprecedented talks on their disputed maritime border, a United Nations source said.The talks, at a United Nations base on the land border between the two countries, were mediated by the United States which has pushed for three years for negotiations to resolve the argument over potentially… Continua a leggere

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Saudi female footballers excited about the upcoming league

As women across the Kingdom pursue their athletic dreams, including football, the No.1 sport in the country, anticipation for the Saudi Women’s Football League (WFL) is building. The Saudi Sports Federation first announced the launch of the WFL in February, but it was postponed with the onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.The wait has… Continua a leggere

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