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 2021-03-09 00:46 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

In absence of effective govt, Lebanon seen inching toward instability...

With nationwide street protests raging unabated for the 7th day against the deteriorating economic conditions, Lebanon Monday appeared edging closer toward chaos and instability in the absence of an effective government to halt the country's free-fall...

 2021-03-09 00:20 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Aid group: Syrians could be displaced for years to come...

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians face continued displacement each coming year that the conflict continues and economic conditions deteriorate, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday....

 2021-03-09 00:05 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers 43 coronavirus deaths, 2,823 new cases...

Lebanon registered 43 more coronavirus-related deaths and 2,823 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Monday....

 2021-03-08 23:45 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers 43 more coronavirus deaths, 2,283 new cases...

Lebanon registers 43 more coronavirus deaths, 2,283 new cases...

 2021-03-08 23:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Death toll rises to 31 from Equatorial Guinea explosions...

The death toll from a series of explosions in a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea has risen to 31, the health ministry said on Monday, as volunteers continued to search for bodies in the rubble....

 2021-03-08 22:05 

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[ Lebanon ]

Pope says next Mideast visit to 'suffering' Lebanon...

Pope Francis Monday announced that his next trip to the Middle East will be to crisis-stricken Lebanon, after concluding a historic four-day trip to Iraq....

 2021-03-08 21:38 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon's women bear the brunt of country's debilitating crises...

As the world marks this year's International Women's Day, the women of Lebanon face a country deteriorating on economic, health, political, and social grounds, causing greater gender disparities, rising domestic violence and surging unemployment....

 2021-03-08 21:26 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Pope Francis says to visit Lebanon next: Sky News Arabia...

Pope Francis says to visit Lebanon next: Sky News Arabia...

 2021-03-08 21:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UNICEF, France Development Agency to restore Karantina public hospital...

UNICEF and the French Development Agency (AFD), in partnership with Lebanon's Health Ministry, signed a grant agreement Monday that would kick off plans to restore and complete the Karantina University public hospital....

 2021-03-08 21:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Pope defends Iraqi trip despite COVID-19 risk, says God will provide...

Pope Francis said Monday that he decided to visit Iraq despite a rise in COVID-19 cases after much prayer and contemplation and suggested God would protect those who came to see him from the virus....

 2021-03-08 20:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi defense official: Iran providing Houthis with drones, missiles...

Saudi Arabia's defense ministry spokesman on Monday accused Iran of smuggling missiles and drones to Yemen's Houthi movement, which has stepped up cross-border attacks on the kingdom....

 2021-03-08 20:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel, Cyprus and Greece agree to link power grids via subsea cable...

Cyprus, Greece and Israel Monday signed an initial agreement to build the world's longest and deepest underwater power cable that will traverse the Mediterranean seabed at a cost of about $900 million and link their electricity grids....

 2021-03-08 20:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US commits to Saudi defense after Houthi attacks on oil heartland...

The United States said Monday it is committed to defending Saudi Arabia following drone and missile strikes claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including on a Saudi facility vital to oil exports....

 2021-03-08 19:55 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Flower protest in Paris for Iranian no-headscarf activist...

Activists laid flowers near the Iranian Embassy in Paris Monday to show support for a women's rights campaigner sentenced to prison after handing out flowers to women on the Tehran metro while not wearing a headscarf....

 2021-03-08 19:38 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Abiad uncertain about voluntary uptake of coronavirus jab...

Director of Rafik Hariri University Hospital Dr. Firass Abiad voiced his concern Monday against the voluntary uptake of being vaccinated against coronavirus....

 2021-03-08 19:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Syria's Assad and his wife test positive for COVID-19 - statement...

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for COVID-19 after showing minor symptoms, the president's office said in a statement on Monday....

 2021-03-08 19:09 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Syria's Assad and his wife test positive for COVID-19: statement...

Syria's Assad and his wife test positive for COVID-19: statement...

 2021-03-08 18:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran calls Pope's Iraq visit 'good' and 'constructive'...

Iran's foreign ministry Monday called Pope Francis' trip to neighbouring Iraq "very good" and "constructive4;, and described his meeting with the country's top Shiite official as conveying inter-religious peace....

 2021-03-08 18:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Aoun calls on Army to prevent road blocks...

President Michel Aoun Monday called on the Lebanese Army and security forces to intervene and re-open blocked roads around the country in what marked the seventh consecutive day of civil disobedience as the country faced economic and financial meltdown....

 2021-03-08 18:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi foreign minister meets Qatar's emir in Doha...

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud held talks on Monday with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha about improving relations between the two countries, the Qatar state news agency QNA reported....

 2021-03-08 18:26 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Aoun slams blocking roads, calls on Army to implement law without hesitation...

Aoun slams blocking roads, calls on Army to implement law without hesitation...

 2021-03-08 16:50 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel's vaccination of Palestinians holding work permits ramps up...

Israel Monday launched a campaign to vaccinate some 100,000 Palestinians in the West Bank who hold permits to work in Jewish settlements in the occupied territory and inside the Jewish state....

 2021-03-08 16:50 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Italy arrests Algerian suspected of aiding Paris attackers...

Italian police said Monday they had arrested a 36-year-old Algerian on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group and helping the authors of the November 2015 Paris attacks....

 2021-03-08 16:26 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Libya parliament to vote on interim PM's new cabinet...

Libya's parliament meets Monday ahead of a vote on a new interim unity government for the divided country, a crucial step toward December elections and stability after a decade of violent turmoil....

 2021-03-08 15:53 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

With heavy hearts, Syrians in Turkey pursue new lives...

Some are coping, others struggling, but Syrian refugees in Turkey say they dare not follow their dreams and return home while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power....

 2021-03-08 15:51 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Syria's Idlib: What future for the rebel holdout?...

Ten years into Syria's war, a large patch of territory in the country's northwest controlled by jihadists and allied rebels is still holding out against the Damascus regime....

 2021-03-08 15:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

10 years on, no peace after war in Syria...

After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy that has made Syria the defining war of the early 21st century, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn't....

 2021-03-08 15:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Timeline: Ten years of war in Syria...

Syria's decade-long war has left more than 380,000 people dead and forced millions into exile....

 2021-03-08 15:19 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Two protesters killed in Myanmar, shops and factories closed...

Two protesters were killed by gunshot wounds to the head in Myanmar Monday, witnesses said, while shops, factories and banks were closed in the main city Yangon as part of the uprising against the country's military rulers....

 2021-03-08 15:09 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi oil heartland with drones, missiles...

Yemen's Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco facility at Ras Tanura vital to petroleum exports, in what Riyadh called a failed assault on global energy security....

 2021-03-08 14:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Protesters block roads across Lebanon...

Angry demonstrators blocked key roads across Lebanon Monday morning, in the largest coordinated protest against the deteriorating economic condition....

 2021-03-08 14:32 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Pope Francis departs Iraq after historic trip: AFP...

Pope Francis concluded on Monday the first-ever papal trip to Iraq, which went off without a hitch despite security worries and a second wave of coronavirus cases in the country....

 2021-03-08 01:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Yemen's Houthis fire missiles, drones at Saudi oil facilities...

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement fired 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles at facilities of oil firm Saudi Aramco in Ras Tanura and at military targets in the Saudi cities of Dammam, Asir and Jazan, the Houthi military spokesman said on Sunday....

 2021-03-08 00:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hezbollah warns of social explosion if govt not formed quickly...

Hezbollah warned Sunday that Lebanon was headed toward a social explosion if a credible government was not formed quickly to rescue the crises-hit country, saying the escalating street protests against the deteriorating economic conditions this week serve...

 2021-03-08 00:00 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon closes in on 400,000 COVID-19 cases, eases restrictions...

Lebanon registered 33 more coronavirus-related deaths and 2,377 new cases, the Health Ministry said Sunday....

 2021-03-07 23:49 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon records 33 more coronavirus deaths, 2,377 new cases...

Lebanon records 33 more coronavirus deaths, 2,377 new cases...

 2021-03-07 23:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi-backed Yemeni government says restores ties with Qatar...

Yemen's internationally recognized government said Sunday it had restored diplomatic ties with Qatar after four years of boycott led by Saudi Arabia and joined by other Arab countries....

 2021-03-07 22:55 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Pope celebrates largest mass of historic Iraq trip...

Pope Francis vowed Sunday to keep Iraq in his heart, as he concluded the largest mass and final public event of a historic trip meant to encourage the country's dwindling Christian community and deepen interfaith dialogue....

 2021-03-07 22:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US will do what's necessary to defend itself after attack in Iraq, Austin says...

The United States will do what it sees as necessary to defend its interests after a rocket attack last week against Iraq's Ain al-Sada airbase, which hosts American, coalition and Iraqi forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday....

 2021-03-07 20:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

B-52s again fly over Mideast in US military warning to Iran...

A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the Mideast Sunday, the latest such mission in the region aimed at warning Iran amid tensions between Washington and Tehran....

 2021-03-07 19:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Protesters block roads for sixth day as currency collapses...

Protesters Sunday partially blocked the main highways linking Beirut to north and south Lebanon for the sixth consecutive day....

 2021-03-07 19:23 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran frees British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe: lawyer...

Iran has released British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, removing her ankle tag after a five-year prison sentence, but she has been summoned again to court on another charge, her lawyer and a British lawmaker said Sunday....

 2021-03-07 18:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Jordan's PM to reshuffle cabinet to accelerate reforms...

Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh was expected to reshuffle his cabinet Sunday to help accelerate IMF-guided reforms seen as crucial to economic recovery in Jordan from the blow of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said....

 2021-03-07 17:32 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Explosion on Gaza fishing boat kills 3 Palestinian anglers...

Three Palestinian fishermen were killed Sunday when their boat exploded off Gaza's coast in the Mediterranean Sea, the fishermen's union said, with the cause of the blast unknown....

 2021-03-07 17:14 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

After fleeing black-clad IS, Iraq's Qaraqosh hosts Pope in white...

Seven years ago, Munir Jibrail was forced to flee his Iraqi town of Qaraqosh when black-clad jihadists swept in....

 2021-03-07 17:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Abbas battles Fatah party discord ahead of Palestinian elections...

Facing elections for the first time in 15 years, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is battling a growing rift within his powerful Fatah party that poses a new threat to his dominance over Palestinian politics....

 2021-03-07 17:02 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Seven dead in Algeria floods: civil protection...

At least seven people died and three were unaccounted for after floods caused by torrential rains in northwestern Algeria, the country's civil protection agency said....

 2021-03-07 16:03 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran's Rouhani urges Europe to avoid 'threats or pressure'...

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Sunday urged Europe to avoid "threats or pressure" in any negotiations with Tehran, as he received Ireland's foreign minister amid diplomatic efforts to revive a landmark nuclear deal....

 2021-03-07 16:00 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Protests erupt across Myanmar; police fire tear gas at Mandalay sit-in...

Myanmar police fired tear gas to break up a sit-in demonstration by tens of thousands of people in Mandalay Sunday, while protests were held in at least half a dozen other cities in some of the most widespread action against last month's coup....

 2021-03-07 15:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Satellite photos show aftermath of strike in northern Syria...

A suspected missile strike on an oil-loading facility used by Turkey-backed opposition forces in northern Syria appears to have sparked fires across a large area where oil tankers are normally parked, satellite images show....

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