Blog Profile / Ya Libnan

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North Korea agrees to summit with South, possible nuclear freeze

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a summit at their heavily armed border next month, with Pyongyang saying it would consider abandoning nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, Seoul said Tuesday. If confirmed by Pyongyang, the offer would mark the first time under the current leadership the North had declared itself willing to […]

Lebanese dollar reserves recover from last year’s crisis

The Lebanese central bank’s dollar reserves grew in early 2018, recovering from a decline during a political crisis last year that pushed up interest rates, its governor said on Tuesday. Reserves climbed by $1.4 billion in the first two months of the year and total assets in dollars exceeded $43 billion, Governor Riad Salameh said […]

Trump’s Hopes of Being the ‘Neutral Guy’ in the Mideast Seem Long Gone

By PETER BAKER and DAVID M. HALBFINGER President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel displayed on Monday perhaps the closest relationship between leaders of their countries since Israel declared independence.CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times WASHINGTON — In the midst of his campaign, President Trump vowed to bring peace to the Middle East by […]

Oscars 2018 Winners: The Complete List

Oscars 2018 Winners: The Complete List by LILY HARRISON Hollywood’s biggest night is finally here! The 2018 Oscars are already in full swing with A-listers galore taking to the glamorous red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in the City of Angels. Jimmy Kimmel is set to take the stage as the evening’s lovable host for […]

Saudi Crown prince signs $10 billion deal on mega-city during Cairo visit

Saudi Arabia and Egypt set up a $10 billion joint fund on Sunday to develop a planned mega-city, committing more than 1,000 square kilometers in the south Sinai, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. The deal came at the start of Prince Mohammed’s first public trip abroad since […]

Poll shows Australian PM’s popularity slides over sex scandal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s personal popularity has slumped to a level seen only once before, a widely watched poll showed on Monday, hit by criticism for his handling of an affair between his former deputy and a staffer. The latest Newspoll, published by The Australian, found 37 percent of respondents backed the conservative Turnbull […]

Iran risks new sanctions over its missile programme, says France’s Le Drian

Ahead of a visit to Tehran on Monday, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Iran needed to address international concerns over its ballistic missile programme or it risked new sanctions. “There are programmes for missiles that can travel several thousand kilometres, which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and which exceed the […]

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Posts Smiling Selfie With Saudi Crown Prince

By MEGAN SPECIAPrime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon baffled his country and the international community late last year, when he traveled to Saudi Arabiaand resigned from his post — unexpectedly and, as it turned out, temporarily — in a live, televised address from Riyadh, the Saudi capital. So it bewildered some when, on Friday, during […]

Need a North Korean Missile? Call the Cairo Embassy

By DECLAN WALSH CAIRO — On an island in the Suez Canal, a towering AK-47 rifle, its muzzle and bayonet pointed skyward, symbolizes one of Egypt’s most enduring alliances. Decades ago, North Korea presented it to Egypt to commemorate the 1973 war against Israel, when North Korean pilots fought and died on the Egyptian side. But […]

Lebanon’s PM Hariri in Riyadh for first time since crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time since his abrupt resignation during a visit there in November set off a major political crisis. Lebanese officials said at the time that Riyadh had forced its long-time ally Hariri to quit and put him under house arrest because it had […]

Christians closed famous Jerusalem church over taxes, compare Israeli laws to Nazi laws

The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The Christian leaders responsible for the site issued a joint statement bemoaning what they called […]

Saudis negotiating with US a nuclear deal similar to Iran’s

The United States is negotiating with Saudi Arabia over a nuclear power deal that might allow Riyadh to enrich and reprocess uranium in exchange for choosing U.S. companies to build reactors in the kingdom, media are reporting. The Associated Press, Bloomberg, and other media reported on February 26 that the Saudis are pressing to include […]

Lebanon’s former judicial police chief Brigadier General Issam Abu Zaki passed away

Former judicial police chief Brigadier General Issam Abu Zaki passed away Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt, who made   the announcement  said in a tweet: “Brigadier General Essam Abu Zaki  left us and he took away with him pages of history in nationalism   and sacrifice for  the Lebanese state like no other. […]

UN ceasefire applies to all Syria, ‘including Afrin,’ Macron tells Erdogan

French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that the latest UN ceasefire vote applied to all Syrian territory, including the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, where Turkey is waging an offensive. During a telephone call between the two leaders, Macron said the 30-day ceasefire “involved all Syrian territory, including in […]

U.N. cease-fire failed in Syria. Russia’s proposed truce mocked as permission to kill

BEIRUT, Lebanon — As a U.N. cease-fire failed to take hold in Syria, Russia on Monday ordered a daily “humanitarian pause” to allow civilians to evacuate an embattled rebel-held enclave near Damascus, while airstrikes continued and Syrian ground forces fought to push into the besieged area from the west. But civilians caught in the violence […]

Zahle’s Berdawni river turns red

The Twitter’s account of Jaras Scoop posted on Saturday photos of Zahle’s famous Berdawni River turning red for unknown reasons. Zahle’s residents fear that pollution might be the reason of such incident. Later in the day, the Ministry of Environment inspected the river as preliminary inspection showed that the river’s change of color is the […]

Former leader of Syrian Kurdish party ‘detained’ in Prague: Report

Czech authorities detained a former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party under an Interpol red notice that was based on Turkey’s request for his arrest, Turkish and Syrian Kurdish officials said Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey requested Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, be detained for […]

Shiites in Lebanon displeased with Amal, Hezbollah candidates for upcoming elections

A large section of the Shiite Hezbollah-Amal duo supporters has not yet overcome the shock of the nominations to the parliamentary elections, which were announced last week by Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Show More Summary

Iran’s Lebanese guest Nizar Zakka, was Invited and arrested

By Makram Rabah All cultures place great emphasis on honouring guests and extending protection and hospitality. For the Arabs, a guest is a virtual extension of one’s pride and honour and, by custom, any guest is entitled to room and board, even before the host asks for a name and destination. Equally, in the Persian […]

US weighs offer by pro Israeli supporter to fund Jerusalem embassy

The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of accepting private donations to cover some or all of the embassy costs, […]

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