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 2020-11-26 18:16 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Turkish court jails 337 for life over 2016 coup bid: judicial sources...

A Turkish court on Thursday jailed 337 former pilots and other suspects for life over a failed bid to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a court document obtained by AFP showed....

 2020-11-26 18:07 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

America celebrates scaled-back Thanksgiving as COVID-19 surges...

Americans awoke on Thursday to celebrate a Thanksgiving Day transformed by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Macy's parade limited to a television-only event and many families resigned to meeting on video for turkey dinner....

 2020-11-26 17:56 

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[ Lebanon ]

Ethiopia PM orders final offensive against dissident Tigray leaders...

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday ordered Ethiopia's army to launch a final offensive against Tigray's dissident leaders in their regional capital Mekele, saying the deadline for surrender had expired....

 2020-11-26 17:53 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan's former prime minister, dies of virus...

Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, has died of COVID-19 in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said....

 2020-11-26 17:37 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US envoys to Lebanon, Iran say more sanctions coming...

The Trump administration plans to tighten sanctions on Tehran during its final months in power, the top U.S. envoy on Iran said on Wednesday, as he urged President-elect Joe Biden to use the leverage to press for a deal that reduces the regional and nucle...

 2020-11-26 15:42 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign...

On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to "turn the ...

 2020-11-26 15:41 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

'Eternal' Maradona's death plunges Argentina, football into mourning...

Millions of fans paid tribute and Argentina was sent into mourning on Wednesday as Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, died aged 60 after years of drug and alcohol problems....

 2020-11-26 15:33 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Flydubai launches first scheduled Dubai-Tel Aviv flight...

Budget airline flydubai on Thursday launched direct flights to Tel Aviv, the first scheduled commercial service between the two cities, following the normalisation of ties between the UAE and Israel....

 2020-11-26 15:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Ethiopian PM says troops ordered to move on Tigray capital...

Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned its half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm....

 2020-11-26 15:12 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Turkish court issues life sentences in 2016 coup trial: state media...

A Turkish court handed down dozens of life sentences on Thursday for some of the nearly 500 defendants, including army commanders and pilots, accused of carrying out a 2016 coup attempt from an air base near the capital Ankara, Anadolu news agency reporte...

 2020-11-25 14:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UAE halts new visas to 13 states including Lebanon...

The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Lebanon, Iran, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park....

 2020-11-25 06:08 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israeli 'aggressions' near Damascus and in south Syria: state media...

Syrian state news agency SANA reported two separate Israeli "aggressions"; in south Syria and outside the capital Damascus late Tuesday....

 2020-11-25 06:00 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon judge wants ministers investigated over port blast...

The judge leading Lebanon's probe into the deadly Beirut port blast wants three members of the cabinet investigated over their possible responsibility in the disaster, a judicial source said Tuesday....

 2020-11-25 05:55 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

'America is back': Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees...

Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he'll shift from Trump-era "America First" policies by relying on experts from the Democrati...

 2020-11-25 00:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Contacts to be intensified in bid to break Cabinet deadlock...

Contacts between internal players and foreign powers will be stepped up in an attempt to break the weekslong Cabinet deadlock and avert the country's slide into a prolonged power vacuum, with all the grave consequences this entails for the ailing econ...

 2020-11-24 23:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon records an alarming 23 COVID-19 deaths, 1,188 cases...

Lebanon recorded an alarming 23 deaths and 1,188 cases Tuesday, as the coronavirus committee indicated that the number of cases is slightly decreasing....

 2020-11-24 22:44 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon confirms 1,188 new coronavirus cases, 23 deaths...

Lebanon confirms 1,188 new coronavirus cases, 23 deaths...

 2020-11-24 20:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Khamenei dismisses talks as Iran looks to post-Trump future...

Iran's supreme leader dismissed the prospect of new negotiations with the West on Tuesday, even as the Tehran government spoke optimistically about the return of foreign companies in "the absence of Trump" and his sanctions....

 2020-11-24 20:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Judge issues indictment against Nancy Ajram's husband...

Mount Lebanon's First Investigative Judge Nicolas Mansour issued an indictment Tuesday against the husband of Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram....

 2020-11-24 19:30 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

MPs to discuss Aoun call for BDL forensic audit Friday...

Speaker Nabih Berri Tuesday called for a general parliamentary session Friday to discuss President Michel Aoun's call to Parliament earlier in the day to safeguard Lebanon's international standing....

 2020-11-24 19:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer...

An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of him with an Israeli pop star was posted online, prompting angry rants from newscasters and Ramadan's suspension from a stage and film professionals' union....

 2020-11-24 19:26 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Car bomb in north Syria kills 5: monitor...

A car bomb on Tuesday killed five people, mostly local police, on the outskirts of the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northern Syria, a war monitor said....

 2020-11-24 19:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Ethiopia says foes surrendering, Tigray forces report battle win...

The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that Tigrayan soldiers were surrendering in the face of an advance towards the regional capital, but the local forces reported they were resisting and had destroyed a prestigious army division....

 2020-11-24 18:36 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Tensions escalate in Bcharri following shooting...

The Lebanese Army was heavily deployed in the northern region of Bcharri Tuesday, to restore calm after a Lebanese resident was shot and killed by a Syrian national the previous night....

 2020-11-24 17:59 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lockerbie bomber appeal set to start in Scotland...

The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Mohmet Al-Megrahi on Tuesday said they hoped a posthumous appeal in Scotland can overturn his conviction more than 30 years after the airborne atrocity....

 2020-11-24 17:35 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi-led coalition destroys five mines laid by Yemen's Houthis in Red Sea...

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it had destroyed five mines laid by the Iran-aligned group in the Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported on Tuesday....

 2020-11-24 16:52 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Kurdish, Turkey-backed fighters clash in Syria, 11 killed...

Clashes between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen in northern Syria left at least 11 fighters dead in some of the most intense fighting in weeks between the two sides, an opposition war monitor and a Kurdish spokesman said Tuesday....

 2020-11-24 16:44 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanese pound stable, trading at LL8,300...

The Lebanese pound remained stable against the dollar Tuesday, trading at around LL8,300 on the black market, as the Cabinet formation process continued to stall....

 2020-11-24 16:00 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would visit Bahrain "soon" at the invitation of the Gulf state's Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa....

 2020-11-24 15:27 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US charities raise millions in wake of Beirut port blast...

When Manal Saab heard that a massive explosion had struck Beirut, she grabbed her phone, frantically trying to reach loved ones there....

 2020-11-24 07:16 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

In Biden's foreign policy duo, he has a team - but not of rivals...

Two of the top national security officials President-elect Joe Biden named on Monday, Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, are known for collegiality, support for U.S. alliances and a reflex for using diplom...

 2020-11-24 07:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden's pick for top spy brings experience from CIA, White House...

Avril Haines, tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to be the top U.S. spy, is a former CIA No. 2 who would be taking over as the chief overseer of a U.S. intelligence community beset by low morale and charges its work has been used for political attacks....

 2020-11-24 07:02 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin...

The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the "apparent winner" of the Nov....

 2020-11-23 23:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iraq arrests IS 'administrative chief' at Baghdad airport...

Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service said Monday it had arrested the "administrative chief" of the Islamic State group after his arrival at Baghdad airport....

 2020-11-23 22:51 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Qatar says identified parents of dumped baby in airport scandal...

Qatar said Monday it had identified the parents of a baby girl dumped at its airport, an incident that prompted officials to order departing female passengers to undergo invasive examinations, sparking global outrage....

 2020-11-23 22:35 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon records 1,041 COVID-19 cases, vaccine expected in February...

Lebanon recorded 1,041 new coronavirus cases Monday and 11 new deaths authorities announced a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Lebanon at the end of the winter season....

 2020-11-23 22:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers 1,041 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths...

Lebanon registers 1,041 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths...

 2020-11-23 22:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel sends first delegation to Sudan since normalisation...

Israel Monday sent a delegation to Sudan, its first since last month's announcement of normalization of relations between the two countries, a senior Israeli official said....

 2020-11-23 22:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UAE eases limits on foreign ownership to attract investors...

The United Arab Emirates has relaxed and removed a range of limits on foreign ownership of companies, state-run media reported Monday, in the country's latest bid to boost its global status and attract foreign investors....

 2020-11-23 21:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi Arabia to offer vaccines to all residents for free - state TV...

DUBAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's health ministry said on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all people living in the kingdom, state TV reported....

 2020-11-23 20:16 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi foreign minister denies meeting between Crown Prince and Netanyahu...

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denied reports that a meeting took place between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli officials on Sunday....

 2020-11-23 20:12 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi Arabia denies reported meeting between Crown Prince and Netanyahu...

Saudi Arabia denies reported meeting between Crown Prince and Netanyahu...

 2020-11-23 19:49 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Ethiopia says Tigray capital encircled after surrender ultimatum...

Ethiopian federal forces were encircling the Tigray region's capital from around 50 km (31 miles) on Monday, the government said, after giving the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour surrender ultimatum....

 2020-11-23 19:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

GCC countries surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases...

The six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have recorded more than 1 million cases of infection with COVID-19, according to a Reuters tally of data published by each government....

 2020-11-23 17:48 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state...

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning....

 2020-11-23 17:20 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon to receive COVID-19 vaccine by mid-February: Hasan...

Lebanon is set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer in mid-February at the latest, caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan told local media Sunday night....

 2020-11-23 17:12 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Rights experts: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn...

A panel of human rights experts working with the United Nations says former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn was wrongly detained in Japan and has urged "compensation4; and "other reparations" for him from the Japanese government....

 2020-11-23 17:09 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

France ex-president Sarkozy goes on trial for corruption...

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday for attempted bribery of a judge, a potentially humiliating postscript to a career tainted by legal woes....

 2020-11-23 16:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israeli minister invites Aoun to direct border talks...

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has invited Lebanese President Michel Aoun to direct talks in Europe on their countries' disputed maritime border, a rare outreach between nations still technically at war....

 2020-11-23 15:37 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

From hope to agony, what's left of the Arab Spring?...

Ten years ago, a wildfire of revolts in the Arab world touched off an unlikely series of events that swelled, then dashed many hopes, and irrevocably changed the region....

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