Beirut Blast Investigator Demands Immediate Arrest Of Ex-Minister
BEIRUT: The Lebanese judge charged with investigating the Beirut port blast demanded Friday the immediate arrest of a former minister who has refused to appear before court, a judicial source said. The investigation into the massive explosion at Beirut port on August 4, 2020 resumed Wednesday after a two-month... Read more
Those Guilty Of Chemical Attacks Must Be Held Accountable, Says UN Chief
NEW YORK: The perpetrators of chemical-weapon attacks must be identified and held accountable for their actions, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. His comments came as he opened the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other... Read more
Lebanese Protesters Block Roads Over Economic Meltdown
BEIRUT: Demonstrators blocked roads across parts of Lebanon on Monday in protest at the country’s economic meltdown, days after its currency sank to new lows. There has been little progress since Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government was appointed in September after more than a year of political deadlock. Roads... Read more
Arab Nations Condemn Houthi Attacks On Saudi Arabia’s Southern Region
DUBAI: The Arab world has condemned the recent attempted attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia on Wednesday. The militia group deliberately targeted civilian areas in Saudi’s southern region using three ballistic missiles, which air defense teams intercepted and destroyed. In a statement published on state news... Read more
Kuwait Condemns Terrorists’ Attempt To Threaten Saudi Arabia
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has condemned in the strongest terms the continued attempts of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia by targeting Khamis Mushayt with a bomb-laden drone and to threaten maritime navigation and international trade in the Bab Al-Mandab strait and the southern... Read more
Iraqi Farmers Feel The Heat Of Extreme Climate Events
MOSUL / BOGOTA: Caked in the fine yellow dust kicked up by his tractor-drawn planter, Farman Noori Latif jumps down to survey his work. He has spent the morning sowing wheat seed on his farm near the banks of the Tigris River, just south of Mosul in northern Iraq.... Read more
Iraq’s Political Instability Raises Al-Sistani Succession Stakes
DUBAI: Besides Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, few religious leaders today command as much respect among Muslims and non-Muslims alike as Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the 91-year-old “supreme marja” of the world’s Shiite Muslims. Al-Sistani was a disciple of Ayatollah Abu Al-Qasim Al-Khoei, who was for decades the... Read more
Egypt Aims to Convert 50% of Projects to Green Projects by 2024, Says Minister
CAIRO: Egypt aims to convert half of its projects to green ones by 2024 through bonds and the preparation of a national strategy for climate change, the country’s environment minister has said. Yasmine Fouad told the vice president of the European Union Commission for the Green Deal, Frans Timmerman,... Read more
Libya’s Fate in the Balance as UN-led Peace Efforts Sputter
DUBAI: Since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power in 2011, Libya has been mired in chaos. A decade on from the protests that led to his downfall, the oil-rich country is wracked by political instability, violence, economic chaos, and, since last year, an explosion in COVID-19 infections. On... Read more
Iran’s Fuel Shipments Violate Lebanon’s Sovereignty: PM Mikati
Lebanon’s new government said its permission was not sought regarding the import of Iranian diesel BEIRUT: Iranian fuel shipments imported into Lebanon by Hezbollah constitute a breach of the country’s sovereignty, Prime Minister Najib Mikati reiterated on Monday. Lebanon’s new government, which was backed by a parliamentary vote of... Read more