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 2021-01-20 17:21 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, Covid, environment...

US President-elect Joe Biden plans to kick off his new administration Wednesday with orders to restore the United States to the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, aides said....

 2021-01-20 15:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

With a nation in crisis, pressure builds on Biden to deliver...

During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden vowed to fight for the soul of America....

 2021-01-20 15:23 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Tunisian protesters revive 'Arab Spring' chant, riots continue...

Violent clashes erupted for a fifth night on Tuesday between police and protesters in several Tunisian cities, including the capital Tunis and Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, as anger and frustration mount over economic hardship....

 2021-01-20 15:13 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden to keep Jerusalem embassy but seek Palestinian state, nominee says...

President-elect Joe Biden will not reverse Donald Trump's landmark recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but will seek a state for the Palestinians, Antony Blinken, his nominee for secretary of state, said Tuesday....

 2021-01-20 15:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel issues tenders for 2,500 new settler homes: watchdog...

Israel has issued tenders for 2,500 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a watchdog said Wednesday, on the eve of Joe Biden's swearing-in as US president....

 2021-01-20 15:03 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran's Rouhani says "ball in U.S. court" over nuclear dispute...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic....

 2021-01-20 15:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden to be sworn in as 46th US president, ending Trump era...

Thirty-four years after first seeking the job, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th US president Wednesday, drawing a curtain on the most tumultuous administration of modern times and charting a new course to tackle Covid-19 and unite a splintered natio...

 2021-01-20 14:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon's medical labs can and have been testing for COVID-19 variants...

Lebanon's leading medical laboratories have been successfully identifying the new British variant of COVID-19, despite accusations that Lebanon did not have adequate facilities to discover new strands of the disease, the president of the Syndicate of ...

 2021-01-19 00:38 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Govt formation awaits Aoun's position on 'reconciliation meet' with Hariri...

Political attention Monday shifted to President Michel Aoun's position on the Maronite patriarch's call on him to invite Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri for a reconciliation meeting to agree on the formation of a salvation Cabinet to deal wit...

 2021-01-18 23:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp...

The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns....

 2021-01-18 23:50 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Seven UN members, including Iran, lose right to vote over unpaid dues...

Seven countries including Iran have lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly because of upaid dues, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Monday....

 2021-01-18 23:31 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers record 53 coronavirus deaths, 3,144 new cases...

Lebanon Monday registered 53 coronavirus deaths, a one-day record, and registered 3,144 more cases despite a full lockdown to give overwhelmed hospitals a reprieve....

 2021-01-18 23:13 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers record 53 coronavirus deaths, 3,144 more cases...

Lebanon registers record 53 coronavirus deaths, 3,144 more cases...

 2021-01-18 23:09 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism...

President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years....

 2021-01-18 22:48 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon's COVID-19 spike overwhelms battered hospitals and exhausted doctors...

COVID-19 patients wait on pavements outside hospitals in Beirut, where emergency rooms are packed and intensive care beds full....

 2021-01-18 22:25 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for US...

President-elect Joe Biden will take the stage for his inaugural address at perhaps the most difficult starting point for a president since Franklin Roosevelt began his first term by assuring a nation scarred by the Great Depression that "we have nothi...

 2021-01-18 22:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Fears about Sudan's Darfur after 130 killed in days of fighting...

The latest inter-ethnic violence to rock Sudan's restive Darfur left 47 dead on Monday, after 83 died in separate weekend clashes -- and following shortly after a peacekeeping mission ended operations....

 2021-01-18 21:35 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UAE, Israel postpone visa exemption deal over COVID-19 worries...

The United Arab Emirates has postponed the implementation of a visa-exemption agreement with Israel after Israel required anyone entering from the Gulf state to be quarantined as a COVID-19 precaution, Israeli officials said on Monday....

 2021-01-18 21:32 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

In Iraq, a new epidemic decimates chicken coops...

An outbreak of bird flu has killed tens of thousands of hens in a rural province north of Iraq's capital, decimating livelihoods overnight as authorities scramble to contain its spread....

 2021-01-18 21:01 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UK 'seriously concerned' by Israeli expansion of W. Bank homes...

Britain on Monday expressed serious concern over Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, saying the construction of 780 new homes could threaten future peace negotiations....

 2021-01-18 20:58 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Protests over hardship move to central Tunis after arrests...

Dozens of protesters gathered in central Tunis on Monday chanting "we came in the daytime" after several nights of demonstrations in cities across the country that police say have led to about 1,000 arrests....

 2021-01-18 20:52 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Egypt, UAE resume first Qatar flights since 2017...

The first direct flights since 2017 between Qatar and its former rivals Egypt and the UAE took to the skies on Monday, following the end of a regional crisis....

 2021-01-18 20:05 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Strong winds and rainfall to persist in Lebanon this week...

Lebanon will witness strong wind and heavy rainfall on the coast and snow on mountains, as Beirut airport's Meteorology Department warned of floods and hazardous roads....

 2021-01-18 18:14 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Kuwait emir accepts cabinet resignation in govt-assembly standoff...

Kuwait's emir has accepted the resignation of the cabinet, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, after a standoff between the government and parliament over questioning the prime minister....

 2021-01-18 17:56 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Kremlin critic Navalny decries 'mockery of justice' at hearing...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday he was facing a "mockery of justice" as police in Moscow organised a makeshift court hearing a day after his dramatic airport arrest....

 2021-01-18 16:18 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Yemen clashes near Hodeida kill 150 in a week: military sources...

Some 150 Yemeni pro-government soldiers and Huthi rebels have been killed in a week of fighting south of the strategic port city of Hodeida, military sources said Monday....

 2021-01-18 16:00 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel moves to rein in rights group over apartheid use...

Israel's education minister is banning groups that call Israel an "apartheid state" from lecturing at schools - a move that targets one of the country's leading human rights groups after it began describing both Israel and its control of t...

 2021-01-18 15:31 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Joe Biden eyes Covid action, aims for calm after twice-impeached Trump...

He was derided as too entrenched in Washington, too hesitant to campaign during Covid-19, and too old, but Joe Biden outmaneuvered doubters and will become the 46th US president Wednesday, inheriting a multi-tiered nightmare that will take shrewd politica...

 2021-01-18 15:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Calls abroad grow for release of Putin critic Navalny...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was being held in a Moscow police cell on Monday after his dramatic airport arrest, as calls grew in the West for his immediate release....

 2021-01-18 15:11 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

At least 83 killed in fighting in Sudan's Darfur: medics...

More than 80 people have been killed in two days of ongoing clashes in Sudan's restive Darfur, doctors said Sunday, just over two weeks since a long-running peacekeeping mission ended operations....

 2021-01-18 15:05 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump?...

Presidential traditions are usually known for their solemnity and carry the weight of future historical significance....

 2021-01-18 14:58 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after rocket fire: army...

Israel's military said Monday its fighter planes struck Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip after Palestinians fired rockets at the Jewish state....

 2021-01-18 14:47 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Meet the Bidens: America's new 'first family'...

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will become the new White House residents when he takes office on Wednesday....

 2021-01-18 14:42 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Dramatic drop in Saudi executions after laws changed in 2020...

Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death last year, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government's tally ...

 2021-01-18 00:52 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Amid stalled French initiative, eyes on Berri to break Cabinet deadlock...

With a French initiative to rescue Lebanon stalled and an unsuccessful attempt by the Maronite patriarch to nudge the president and the prime minister-designate into agreeing on the formation of a new government, attention is focused on Parliament Speaker...

 2021-01-17 23:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers 3,654 new virus cases, 40 deaths...

Lebanon Sunday registered 3,654 new coronavirus cases and 40 further deaths, marking an unprecedented week in the number of virus fatalities, which topped 200....

 2021-01-17 23:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon registers 3,654 new coronavirus cases, 40 further deaths...

Lebanon registers 3,654 new coronavirus cases, 40 further deaths...

 2021-01-17 22:50 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UAE lowers age requirement for COVID-19 vaccines to 16...

The United Arab Emirates has lowered the minimum age requirement to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to 16, from 18 previously, the ministry of health said on Sunday....

 2021-01-17 22:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete...

The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump's presidency....

 2021-01-17 21:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israel Prison Service to vaccinate Palestinian inmates...

The Israel Prison Service said Sunday it will begin vaccinating all incarcerated people against Covid-19, including Palestinians, following calls from right groups, Palestinian officials and Israel's attorney general....

 2021-01-17 20:43 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Sudan protesters burn Israeli flag in rally against normalisation deal...

Dozens of Sudanese protesters burned the Israeli flag Sunday during a rally against Khartoum's recent signing of a deal on normalising relations with the Jewish state, an AFP correspondent reported....

 2021-01-17 20:30 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Zarif tells France: Avoid "absurd nonsense" about Tehran's nuclear work...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday dismissed a claim by France that Tehran was in the process of building up its nuclear weapons, calling it "absurd nonsense"....

 2021-01-17 19:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Oman to close land borders again to curb coronavirus...

Oman will close its land borders for one week from Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus, especially a more contagious variant, state news agency ONA said on Sunday....

 2021-01-17 19:06 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Violent youth protests hit Tunisia amid economic turmoil...

Police used tear gas to disperse violent protests led by disgruntled youths in several Tunisian cities overnight, including in the capital of Tunis and in the seaside city of Sousse....

 2021-01-17 19:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Beirut blast chemicals possibly linked to Syrian businessmen...

The company that bought the ammonium nitrate which exploded in Beirut last August had possible links to two Syrian businessmen under U.S. sanctions for ties to President Bashar al-Assad, according to a report by a Lebanese journalist and London company fi...

 2021-01-17 18:45 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Rai urges Aoun to set up reconciliation meeting with Hariri...

Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai called on President Michel Aoun to set up a reconciliation meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and form a "salvation Cabinet" to tackle the country's crises....

 2021-01-17 18:42 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon finalizes Pfizer vaccine deal, deploys more ventilators...

Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan Sunday signed the final agreement with Pfizer to secure more than 2 million doses of their vaccine against coronavirus, a statement from his office said....

 2021-01-17 17:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Death toll in Sudan Darfur clashes rises to 48: state media...

Ongoing tribal clashes in Sudan's restive Darfur have killed at least 48 people in the latest bout of violence to hit the region, state media reported Sunday....

 2021-01-17 16:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Quake death toll at 73 as Indonesia struggles with string of disasters...

At least 73 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday, the latest in a string of disasters to hit the Southeast Asian country....

 2021-01-17 16:04 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Man with gun arrested at Washington security checkpoint...

A man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, authorities said....

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