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 2021-09-18 23:10 

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[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers 626 coronavirus cases, four deaths in last 24 hours...

Lebanon registered 626 coronavirus cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported Saturday....

 2021-09-18 21:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Authorities seize dangerous fertiliser in east Lebanon...

Lebanese authorities have seized 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate -- the same chemical behind a deadly explosion last year at Beirut's port -- in the eastern Bekaa Valley, state media reported on Saturday....

 2021-09-18 20:46 

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[ Lebanon ]

Iran looks east after China-led bloc OKs entry...

Iran on Saturday hailed its acceptance into a China and Russia-led bloc, an eastward turn it sees as opening access to major world markets and a counter to crippling Western sanctions....

 2021-09-18 19:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Sidon power plant came within three days of shutting down...

The Director of a power plant near Sidon said it came within three days of closing down, and was saved by an Iraqi fuel delivery...

 2021-09-18 18:46 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Tunisians protest over president's seizure of powers...

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Saturday to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, which triggered a constitutional crisis and prompted accusations of a coup....

 2021-09-18 17:45 

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[ Lebanon ]

Iran won't allow IS presence on Afghan border: president...

Iran will not allow the Islamic State group to establish a presence on the country's border with Afghanistan, President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Saturday "We will not allow terrorist organisations and IS to set up next to our border and strike othe...

 2021-09-18 16:53 

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[ Lebanon ]

At least 2 dead in blasts in Afghanistan's Jalalabad...

At least two people were killed and 19 more were wounded in separate explosions in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Saturday, according to a health official and local media....

 2021-09-18 15:48 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Yemen's Houthis execute nine men for involvement in Samad death...

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Saturday that authorities had executed nine men who were convicted of involvement in the 2018 killing of Saleh al-Samad, then the armed group's top civilian leader....

 2021-09-18 14:28 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Can the 2015 nuclear accord be saved at the UN?...

After months of difficult negotiations, can the United States and Iran find a way to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord? Next week's annual summit at the United Nations could offer clues as Iran's new hardline government makes its international debut...

 2021-09-18 14:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies aged 84...

Algeria's former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in 2019 amid huge protests against his rule, died Friday aged 84, public television announced....

 2021-09-18 14:23 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

U.S. says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including children, in 'tragic mistake'...

A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children...

 2021-09-17 23:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran's fuel shipments violate Lebanon's sovereignty: Mikati...

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Iranian fuel shipments imported by Hezbollah constitute a "violation of Lebanon's sovereignty," according to comments published by his office on Twitter....

 2021-09-17 23:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Blinken: US will help foster further Israeli ties with Arab states...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged on Friday to encourage more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel as he hosted a virtual meeting with Israeli and Arab counterparts to mark the first anniversary of a set of landmark diplomatic ag...

 2021-09-17 23:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Tunisia detains parliament member as rights worries grow...

Tunisian security forces detained a member of parliament on Friday, his lawyer said, amid growing concern for rights after the president seized governing powers in July in a move his foes call a coup....

 2021-09-17 22:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

No plans for U.S., Iran to meet at U.N. next week, says U.S. envoy...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has no plans to meet with his new Iranian counterpart next week at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York....

 2021-09-17 22:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon records 857 COVID-19 cases, four deaths in last 24 hours...

Lebanon registered 857 coronavirus cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported Friday....

 2021-09-17 20:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Palestinian municipal elections in West Bank, Gaza set for December...

The Palestinian electoral commission announced municipal elections will be held in December in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, if Hamas allows the vote to take place in the enclave....

 2021-09-17 20:32 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

U.S. issues fresh sanctions on Hezbollah linked individuals...

The United States sanctioned four individuals it said had ties to the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, according to a post on the Treasury website...

 2021-09-17 20:19 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Blinken urges more normalization with Israel on anniversary...

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Friday on more Arab nations to recognize Israel as he met four ministers on the anniversary of a normalization accord....

 2021-09-17 19:58 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Taliban replaces women's ministry with ministry of virtue and vice...

Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police on Friday, as female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building....

 2021-09-17 19:45 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran joins expanding Asian security body led by Moscow, Beijing...

Iran joined a rapidly expanding central Asian security body led by Russia and China on Friday, calling on the countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to help it form a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West....

 2021-09-17 19:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

WHO "deeply concerned" at impact Lebanon crisis is having on health care...

The director-general of the WHO has said he is "deeply concerned" at how Lebanon's economic crisis is impacting health care...

 2021-09-17 19:31 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

U.S. paves way for more sanctions over Ethiopia's Tigray conflict...

The United States on Friday paved the way for further sanctions to be imposed on parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance....

 2021-09-17 16:36 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Somali regional leaders urge end to power struggle...

Somalia's regional leaders on Friday appealed to the president and prime minister to end their damaging feud, warning of the risk of political instability in the Horn of Africa nation....

 2021-09-17 15:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon raises gasoline prices by over 37% - document...

Lebanon's energy ministry further raised gasoline prices on Friday by over 30%, an official document showed....

 2021-09-17 15:37 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Australia at centre of Indo-Pacific alliances to counter China...

Australia finds itself as the common link in a new mesh of global alliances centred on the Indo-Pacific that are all but in name aimed at countering China's rising military power and economic clout....

 2021-09-17 15:13 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Amnesty condemns 'impunity' over Iran custody deaths...

Amnesty International has condemned the "climate of impunity" that prevails in Iran over deaths in custody despite reports of more than 70 such cases over the past decade....

 2021-09-17 14:24 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Khalil signs forensic audit contract with Alvarez and Marsal...

Finance Minister Youssef Khalil Friday signed a new contract with restructuring consultancy Alvarez and Marsal (A&M) to carry out a forensic audit at the country's central bank, the ministry said in a statement....

 2021-09-17 14:20 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi-led coalition thwarts Houthi missile and drones attack -media...

The Saudi-led coalition said late on Thursday that it thwarted and destroyed four Houthi explosives-laden drones and a ballistic rocket fired in the direction of the southern Saudi city of Jazan, Saudi state media reported....

 2021-09-16 23:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon's Cabinet vows to enact reforms, resume IMF talks...

Lebanon's new Cabinet Thursday approved a draft policy statement that pledges to launch reforms, a key demand of donors, and resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on a bailout package to rescue the crises-hit, debt-ridden nation fro...

 2021-09-16 22:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

New govt approves policy statement: official...

Lebanon's new Cabinet approved Thursday a policy program that aims to tackle one of the worst financial meltdowns in history....

 2021-09-16 21:29 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon records 647 new virus cases, six more deaths...

Lebanon registered 647 coronavirus cases and six deaths in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported Thursday....

 2021-09-16 21:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Controversy over voting law overshadows Libya election...

Less than a year since a landmark ceasefire, war-torn Libya is preparing for elections, but controversy over a voting law poses a new threat to the UN-led peace process....

 2021-09-16 21:12 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

EU observers call for 'peaceful' Iraq vote...

The European Union's first ever election observation mission in Iraq will deploy 80 people to follow early parliamentary polls next month, the group's head Viola von Cramon said Thursday....

 2021-09-16 20:48 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hundreds in Turkey protest $700 mln unpaid medical equipment bills...

Turkish medical producers protested on Thursday over unpaid bills worth hundreds of millions of dollars for equipment supplied to state and university hospitals....

 2021-09-16 20:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Somali president withdraws PM's powers in escalating row...

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced on Thursday he had withdrawn the powers of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, the latest development in a bitter row that has plunged the country into fresh crisis....

 2021-09-16 20:14 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

West Africa bloc ECOWAS meets over Guinea coup...

Leaders from the western African bloc ECOWAS were meeting on Thursday to decide on measures to bring Guinea back to constitutional rule after troops ousted President Alpha Conde in a coup this month....

 2021-09-16 19:23 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Egypt's Sisi pushes for December elections in Libya...

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged support Thursday for elections in Libya in talks with interim prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, days after meeting strongman Khalifa Haftar....

 2021-09-16 17:45 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Blast judge issues arrest warrant for ex-minister...

The judge investigating last year's Beirut port blast issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for former public works minister Youssef Finianos after he failed to show up for questioning, the state National News Agency reported....

 2021-09-16 17:42 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Amnesty accuses Egypt of 'intimidation' to silence activists...

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Egyptian security agencies of "persistent intimidation and harassment" of human rights defenders as a political tactic to silence them....

 2021-09-16 17:00 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

EU MPs to call for Lebanon sanctions if government fails...

The European Union should still consider imposing sanctions on Lebanese politicians who block the progress of the new government, the EU's parliament is set to say on Thursday, calling Lebanon's crisis a man-made disaster....

 2021-09-16 16:27 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Egypt, Sudan back resumed Nile dam talks as UN urges deal...

Egypt and Sudan have expressed readiness to resume talks with Ethiopia on its controversial Nile dam after the UN Security Council urged the three governments to swiftly reach a binding deal....

 2021-09-16 15:47 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

French forces kill IS Sahel jihadist leader wanted by US...

France said Thursday its troops deployed in the Sahel region of Africa had killed the head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) extremist group who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers....

 2021-09-16 14:23 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanese pound surges after govt pledges deal with IMF...

The pound was trading at 14,250 to the dollar on Thursday...

 2021-09-16 14:19 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Australia to build eight nuclear-powered submarines under new Indo-Pacific pact...

The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows....

 2021-09-16 14:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

At least 50 killed in Yemen clashes: military sources...

At least 50 rebels and pro-government troops, including a high-ranking officer, have been killed in clashes in Yemen's central province of Al-Bayda, military sources told AFP on Thursday....

 2021-09-16 14:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Putin says 'several dozen' people in his circle have coronavirus...

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that dozens of people in his entourage tested positive for the coronavirus before he went into self-isolation earlier this week....

 2021-09-16 14:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Tunisian president says country run by 'mafia'...

Tunisia's President Kais Saied said Tuesday that the country is being run by a "mafia" and pledged to fight corrupt politicians....

 2021-09-16 13:13 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel enter Lebanon...

Hezbollah began bringing Iranian fuel into Lebanon via Syria Thursday, in a move to help ease crippling energy shortages in the country....

 2021-09-16 02:50 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel prison escapees began digging tunnel in December: lawyers...

Palestinian prisoners who broke out of a high-security Israeli jail this month began digging their escape tunnel in December, lawyers for two of the arrested escapees said on Wednesday....

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