Blog Profile / Ya Libnan

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An outpouring of support for Se. John McCain from across the political spectrum

Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, has received an outpouring of support from current and former lawmakers from across the political spectrum. The 80-year-old Arizona Republican underwent a procedure last Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. […]

Cutting US support to the Lebanese Army is “strategically stupid,”says Ex-US defense official

From the imposing ramparts of a newly constructed military base, fortified by rock-filled blast barriers and an armor-plated watchtower, Lebanese soldiers keep a careful eye on the adjacent border area with Syria, which until not long ago was home to Syrian rebel groups and extremist militants. International attention on the effort to defeat the so-called […]

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over ‘terror’ cell, closes some embassy missions

Kuwait on Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate’s top court convicted a “terror” cell of links to the Islamic republic, the foreign ministry said. The action was taken after a supreme court ruling last month said “Iranian sides helped and supported the cell members,” the ministry said in a […]

Why Trump’s Syrian Cease-fire Makes Israel Nervous

By DAVID MAKOVSKY Israel has done all it could over the past six years to stay out of the maelstrom next door in Syria, where Bashar Assad’s regime has struggled for six years to beat back a peaceful uprising that became a bloody civil war. So I was struck during a recent visit by how […]

Billions of tons of waste creating a ‘plastic planet’, scientists warn

Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study. Plastics don’t break down like other man-made materials, so three-quarters of the stuff ends up as waste in landfills, littered on […]

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces outside al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied E. Jerusalem

Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a gate to the Old City in Jerusalem, as tensions continue over the new security measures implemented at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Israeli security forces were seen dragging a worshipper, while another police officer appeared to punch a Palestinian man during the confrontation on Wednesday. Stun […]

Egypt calls on Israel to stop violence at occupied East Jerusalem shrine

Egypt called on Israel Wednesday to stop violence at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, warning against the consequences of conflict escalation at the Muslim shrine. Israel should respect the freedom of worship, the religious sanctities and the rights of the Palestinians to practice their religious rituals freely and safely, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. […]

U.S. Sen. John McCain diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

U.S. Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday evening that he has a brain tumor. The announcement follows a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday, where a pathology report revealed the glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Show More Summary

Tensions e bubbling over between Trump and Senate Republicans

Tensions are bubbling over between President Trump and Senate Republicans. White House officials are blaming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for getting stuffed at the goal line on ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation, while GOP senators say Trump failed to provide any meaningful political momentum for the prized measure. Show More Summary

Trump had another, undisclosed conversation with Putin at G20 in Germany

President Donald Trump had another, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany this month. White House spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke at a dinner for world leaders and their spouses at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, […]

France’s armed forces chief quits after clash with Macron over budget cuts

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s armed forces chief resigned on Wednesday in a dispute with Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts, an early test of the newly elected president’s mettle and the tough presidential style he is cultivating. In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to keep the armed forces fit […]

Trump to nominate ex Utah governor Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

The White House formally announced its plans to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia, signaling its intent to put the onetime Trump campaign critic in a leading diplomatic role. Huntsman, who sharply criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign for his statements and rhetoric about women, previously served as ambassador […]

U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese citizen held in Iran Hospitalized after hunger strike

The family of a Lebanese man who has been held in Iran for nearly two years said Tuesday his condition is deteriorating three weeks after he went on a hunger strike. Nizar Zakka, 50, was rushed to a hospital on Sunday, where he refused an IV, his brother Ziad told The Associated Press. He said […]

Metal detectors at a shrine in occupied Jerusalem trigger new tensions

JERUSALEM — A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past. Israel says installing the devices at the gates to the walled compound after Palestinians launched an attack there last week is a routine […]

US slaps new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program and “malign activities”

The United States unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program on Tuesday and said it was deeply concerned about Tehran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East. The measures signaled that the administration of President Donald Trump was seeking to put more pressure on Iran while keeping in place for now a […]

Ex israeli defense minister: If Khamenei wants war, then Lebanon will go to war

Former Israeli  defense minister Moshe Ya’alon told  a London based Saudi news website on  Sunday that the decisions in Lebanon are made by the Iranian supreme leader, Ali Khameini, and not by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or the Lebanese president   stressing that every Lebanese will suffer from the next war “because all infrastructure will be destroyed ” […]

UAE denies hacking Qatar. Tells Qatar you can’t be our friend and Al Qaeda’s friend

Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)The United Arab Emirates has denied a Washington Post report that claims the country orchestrated a hack of Qatari state news and social media websites in May, an incident that triggered the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in decades. Saudi Arabia and its allies — the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — accused Qatar […]

Over 7 million Venezuelans reject Maduro plans in protest vote

More than 7 million Venezuelans voted to reject President Nicolás Maduro’s plans to rewrite the country’s constitution, according to opposition leaders who also promised a “Zero Hour” of national protest. “Venezuela stood up with dignity,” Julio Borges, who leads the opposition-controlled legislature, said of the throngs who showed up in Venezuela and around the globe […]

Islamic State chief Baghdadi is 99% alive: Kurdish security official says

 A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe […]

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