Israel Violates International Law ‘Because it Can,’ UN Security Council Told
NEW YORK: Israel pursues policies in violation of international law and of UN resolutions “Because it can — no tangible cost or consequence is attached,” the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. Daniel Levy, president of US/Middle East Project, told council members of the need to address what he... Read more
Qatar Forms Climate Change Ministry, Appoints Finance Minister
Qatar’s emir created an environment and climate change ministry on Tuesday, naming Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani as its minister. Two women were handed cabinet posts for education and social development. They join Health Minister Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, who had been the only woman in the cabinet.   Source:... Read more
Lebanese Parliament Confirms March Polls Amid Efforts To Secure IMF Rescue
CAIRO: Lebanon’s parliament voted on Tuesday to hold legislative elections on March 27, parliamentary sources said, giving Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government only a few months to try to secure an IMF recovery plan amid a deepening economic meltdown. Lebanon’s financial crisis, labelled by the World Bank as one... Read more
Lebanon Elite United Against Beirut Port Blast Probe Seen As Survival Threat
BEIRUT: They may often squabble but Lebanon’s political parties seem united in rejecting an investigation into Beirut’s massive port explosion that they fear could threaten their survival, analysts say. The explosion of a huge stockpile of poorly stored fertilizer on the dockside on August 4, 2020 killed more than... Read more
Fire at an Oil Waste Disposal Unit in Jebel Ali in Dubai Under Control
DUBAI: Dubai Civil Defense teams have brought under control a fire that broke out at an oil waste disposal site in the Jebel Ali Industrial Area, located far from factories in the zone, the Dubai Media Office said. The site saw heavy smoke due to the burning of oil... Read more
Shooting in Syria Could Mark New Phase in Israeli Campaign
JERUSALEM: The death of a former Syrian Druze lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in what Israel calls its war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Syria’s state-run news agency said that Midhat Saleh was fatally shot Saturday in Ein el-Tinneh, a village along... Read more
EU Says No Iran Nuclear Deal Talks in Brussels on Thursday
LUXEMBOURG/JEDDAH: The European Union will not hold talks in Brussels on Thursday with Iran on restarting negotiations over the nuclear deal, a spokeswoman for the bloc said Monday. Spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said “there will not be a meeting Thursday”, despite Tehran’s foreign ministry saying talks would happen that day... Read more
Iran Opposition Group Calls For Arrest of President Raisi Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow
LONDON: The National Council of Resistance of Iran on Wednesday called for the arrest and prosecution of the country’s President Ebrahim Raisi on charges of crimes against humanity. At a press conference in Glasgow attended by Arab News, the NCRI said he should be “immediately arrested” if he attends... Read more
Turkey Says It Will Do ‘What is Necessary’ After Syria Attacks
ANKARA: Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday Turkey would “do what is necessary for its security” after what it said was a rise in cross-border attacks by Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that an attack that Ankara blamed on the US-backed YPG that... Read more
Hezbollah Accuses US of Meddling in Lebanon’s Port Probe
BEIRUT: Hezbollah accused the US on Wednesday of interfering in Lebanon’s investigation into last year’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, with the aim of implicating the militant group and its allies. Hezbollah lawmaker Hassan Fadallah’s response to criticism from a State Department spokesperson comes amid a developing crisis... Read more