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 2020-07-03 15:57 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump's visa ban...

Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. ut the hopes s...

 2020-07-03 15:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Staff suspended over sexual misconduct: UN...

wo male staff members of the UN peacekeeping operation in the Middle East have been placed on leave after an initial inquiry found they had engaged in sexual misconduct, a UN spokesman said....

 2020-07-03 15:31 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

New French PM to be named within hours...

A new French prime minister will be named in the next few hours, the Elysee Palace said on Friday, as President Emmanuel Macron readies a reshuffle....

 2020-07-03 15:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Spike in child abuse during lockdown: London hospital...

A major London children's hospital registered a 15-fold increase in the number of apparent child abuse cases it dealt with during the COVID-19 lockdown compared to previous years, researchers reported Thursday....

 2020-07-03 14:33 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela...

US federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies....

 2020-07-03 14:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hardliner appointed to Hong Kong national security agency...

China appointed a hardliner involved in a clamp down against protests on the mainland as the head of Hong Kong's new security agency on Friday, state media said, days after imposing a sweeping law on the territory that criminalises dissent....

 2020-07-03 14:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes...

Watching a combine harvester grind through his golden wheat, farmer Yahya Mahmoud is relieved the yield looks good this year, even as a tanking economy leaves millions hungry across war-torn Syria....

 2020-07-03 13:45 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US reports 55,000 cases in a day, new global record...

The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily global record for the coronavirus pandemic, as infections rose in a majority of states....

 2020-07-03 13:21 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Japan seeks extradition of two in Ghosn escape...

Japan has formally asked the United States to extradite two men who helped former Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn escape the country to avoid prosecution, a court filing showed Thursday....

 2020-07-03 01:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC's concerns...

President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them - but despite health concerns from D....

 2020-07-03 00:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Calls for Cabinet change gaining ground after failure to resolve crisis...

Calls for a Cabinet change are gathering steam as Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government has failed to deal with the crippling economic and financial crisis and enact long-delayed reforms, essential to securing financial aid to the cash-strapped coun...

 2020-07-03 00:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanese major retailers to shut down amid economic crisis...

Major retailers in Lebanon announced Thursday they will temporarily shut down in the face of an increasingly volatile currency market and their inability to set prices while the Lebanese pound plunges against the dollar....

 2020-07-03 00:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Algeria releases 4 protest leaders...

Algeria provisionally released a key protest movement leader, Karim Tabbou, and three other jailed activists Thursday ahead of the country's independence day....

 2020-07-02 23:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested...

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI Thursday on charges she helped procure underage sex partners for financier Jeffrey Epstein....

 2020-07-02 23:16 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UNIFIL stresses need to preserve stability along Blue Line...

Senior officers from both the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israeli army met Thursday to discuss the situation along the UN-demarcated Blue Line in a meeting chaired by UNIFIL's Head of Mission Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, at a UN position in Ras al-Naq...

 2020-07-02 22:26 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Family of Palestinian slain by police sees probe dragging on...

The family of a Palestinian man with autism who was fatally shot by Israeli police said Thursday that it took a month for authorities to confirm the existence of security-camera footage of the shooting, raising concerns that no one will be punished for ki...

 2020-07-02 22:20 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israeli mining magnate dodged US sanctions in DRC deals: report...

Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler used a global money laundering network to get around US sanctions and extract further mineral wealth from DR Congo, an investigation by two rights organisations found Thursday....

 2020-07-02 22:14 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Jordan announces smoking crackdown in virus fight...

Jordan has extended a ban on cigarettes in closed public spaces to all forms of smoking, citing the fight against COVID-19 in a country with one of the world's highest smoking rates....

 2020-07-02 21:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Algeria says France to return remains of 24 resistance fighters...

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Thursday that France will return the remains of 24 resistance fighters who were killed during its colonization of the North African country....

 2020-07-02 21:16 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon must find new government: Ferzli...

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Elie Ferzli said after a meeting with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday that Lebanon must work to find an alternative government....

 2020-07-02 21:12 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran to compensate downed plane victims' families...

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Thursday that Iran had agreed to compensate the families' of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down outside Tehran in January....

 2020-07-02 20:52 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in Middle East...

Some 20 activist groups called on Facebook Thursday to stop the spread of "hate speech" targeting sexual minorities in the Middle East and North Africa through its platform....

 2020-07-02 20:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Oman boosts hospital capacity as coronavirus cases surge...

Oman's health minister said Thursday that the sultanate had witnessed a "scary" surge in COVID-19 cases that required boosting hospital capacity, especially for intensive care units....

 2020-07-02 19:14 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

RHUH warns of rise in cases as 8 virus cases confirmed...

Lebanon confirmed one new death due to coronavirus complications and eight new cases Thursday, as head of Rafik Hariri University Hospital warned that opening up the country will lead to a rise in new cases....

 2020-07-02 19:06 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UNRWA warns services in region face cutbacks...

Philippe Lazzarini, head of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, held an online conference Thursday where he warned the organization's funding was insufficient to meet its mandate....

 2020-07-02 18:58 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon confirms one new death and eight coronavirus cases, total 1,796...

Lebanon confirms one new death and eight coronavirus cases, total 1,796...

 2020-07-02 18:45 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi-led coalition launches operation against Yemen rebels...

The Saudi-led military coalition Thursday confirmed it has launched a major operation against Yemen's Huthis and warned it would target the rebel leadership following missile and drone attacks on the kingdom....

 2020-07-02 18:24 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Former Libya envoy accuses Security Council of 'hypocrisy'...

A former UN envoy to Libya has accused the Security Council of "hypocrisy" and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country....

 2020-07-02 17:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations...

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas pledged a united campaign against Israel's prospective plans to annex territory in the occupied West Bank, in a rare joint press conference on Thursday....

 2020-07-02 17:33 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

British judge denies Venezuela access to gold in bank vault...

A British judge on Monday refused to give Venezuela control of over $1 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault, ruling that it is unlawful to give it to the President Nicol?s Maduro since Britain does not recognize him as the president....

 2020-07-02 17:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

4 linked to reporter's murder to stay in prison in Pakistan...

A British Pakistani man and three others convicted in the kidnapping and killing of a US journalist, whose sentences were overturned in April, will remain in government custody for another three months, officials said Thursday....

 2020-07-02 17:02 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Cabinet grapples to stabilize pound, revive bailout talks...

Ministers gathered at the Grand Serail Thursday to find a way to halt the uncontrolled collapse of the Lebanese pound and find unity of purpose as bailout negotiations with the International Monetary Fund grind to a halt....

 2020-07-02 17:02 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Palestinians slash public wages in tax dispute with Israel over annexation...

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Thursday it will slash the wages of tens of thousands of its employees after its protest action against Israel's annexation plans in the occupied West Bank deepened a cash crisis....

 2020-07-02 16:55 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UN concerned Afghan violence aimed at derailing peace talks...

More than 800 people were killed or wounded in "deliberate attacks" targeting civilians in Afghanistan during the first half of 2020, the UN said Thursday, raising concerns the rising violence was aimed at derailing planned peace talks....

 2020-07-02 16:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

After vote extending his rule, Putin risks era of 'stagnation'...

President Vladimir Putin urged Russians to envisage the country they wanted to leave behind for their children and grandchildren during a historic vote this week to extend his rule....

 2020-07-02 15:32 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

China warns Britain about Hong Kong citizenship plan...

China warned Britain Thursday it could retaliate with "corresponding measures" for London's decision to extend a broader path to citizenship for the residents of Hong Kong....

 2020-07-02 15:06 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran reports accident at 'inactive' nuclear site, no casualties...

Iran's nuclear body said an accident had taken place on Thursday at a construction site in a nuclear complex without causing casualties, state news agency IRNA reported....

 2020-07-02 15:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Why formation of opposition front remains elusive?...

Calls have been made for the formation of a united opposition front to bring down the government as an essential move to change the ruling class' performance....

 2020-07-02 14:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat...

Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials stepped up their defense of the administration's response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U....

 2020-07-02 14:38 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

After 'reconciliation': Syria regime's silent crackdown...

Syrian army defector Salam had signed a surrender deal with the regime supposed to protect him, but after reporting for military service, he disappeared and months later was declared dead....

 2020-07-02 14:35 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Blackout misery to last another two weeks: MP...

The severe and extended power cuts even by Lebanon's standards that have been blighting the country for the last week are likely to cause misery for at least another week, if not two....

 2020-07-02 14:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery...

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that his party has assembled a group of 600 lawyers and thousands of other people to prepare for possible "chicanery" ahead of November's election....

 2020-07-02 14:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Divided West can do little as China tightens up on Hong Kong...

From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing's move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory....

 2020-07-02 14:09 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US virus cases smash daily record as global infections soar...

New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating....

 2020-07-02 14:05 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon to balance health, economy as airport reopens...

Lebanese officials are betting they can prioritize both economic and public health following the reopening of the country's only international airport Wednesday, after a nearly four month hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus threat....

 2020-07-02 14:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote...

Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again for president twice, but critics said the outcome was falsified on an industrial scale....

 2020-07-02 13:46 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

American anxiety over coronavirus spikes along with record high cases...

Anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic is rising among Americans along with an alarming acceleration of new COVID-19 cases, with concern about the health crisis reaching the highest level in more than a month, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Wednesday....

 2020-07-02 01:53 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

81 killed in violence after death of Ethiopian singer...

Two days of protests have left at least 81 people dead in Ethiopia, a police chief said Wednesday, after the murder of a popular singer from the country's largest ethnic group stoked tensions that threaten to derail the country's democratic transi...

 2020-07-02 01:19 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UAE seeks to verify credentials of Pakistani pilots in its airlines...

The United Arab Emirates is seeking to verify the credentials of Pakistani pilots and engineers employed in its airlines, as global concern mounts after the South Asian government grounded 262 pilots for holding "dubious" qualifications....

 2020-07-02 00:06 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

PA announces West Bank lockdown as virus numbers soar...

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories, July 1, 2020 (AFP) - The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday announced a five-day lockdown across the West Bank after total confirmed coronavirus infections in the territory more than doubled following the easing of previ...

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