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Democrat Jones wins US Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

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Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy…

Judge wants death penalty for child who murdered father

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Beirut’s First Investigative Judge Ghassan Oueidat Tuesday called for the death penalty in the case of a 14-year-old boy who killed three people, including his father, and attempted to murder four others.

Hasbani orders action over Lactalis baby formula recall

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Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani Tuesday issued a decree to withdraw a major French-made baby formula from the Lebanese market over salmonella concerns.

Artisans go head-to-head with global brands

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A group of 30 Lebanese designers exhibited their creative work Tuesday at ABC Mall in Verdun under the same roof as dozens of established global brands, competing to catch the attention of Christmas shoppers.

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Tueni’s murder marked 12 years on

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri marked the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Gebran Tueni by tweeting an excerpt from an iconic speech made by the prominent politician and journalist.

General Security warns Mossad recruiting online

General Security Tuesday warned Lebanese residents that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was setting online traps for recruitment.

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Qatar to run third consecutive budget deficit in 2018

Qatar will run a deficit of $7.7 billion in 2018, a third consecutive year in the red due to low energy prices, the finance ministry said Tuesday. The gas-rich emirate projected spending at $55.4 billion and revenues at $47.7 billion, both…

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Trump will announce new US security strategy on Monday: adviser

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U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a new security strategy Monday, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday.

Russia not withdrawing forces from Syria: Pentagon

The United States said Tuesday it has not observed any meaningful withdrawal of Russian combat forces from Syria, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday of a significant pullout.

UN probes abuses in Iraqi town where troops fought Kurds

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The U.N. mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses in a disputed Iraqi town where federal forces clashed with Kurdish fighters in October.

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Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

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An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison. The Cairo court also ordered Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shima, to pay a fine of 10,000…

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Lebanese man who escaped from US prison in 1997 arrested

An inmate who disappeared 20 years ago from a federal prison in Pennsylvania is set to be returned to the state for arraignment on an escape charge.

Italy donates hydrographic equipment to Lebanese Army

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The Lebanese Army received Tuesday $700,000 worth of hydrographic equipment, donated by the Italian authorities, a statement from the Defense Ministry said.

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'Heat-not-burn' tobacco may be safer but still a risk: UK panel

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A new wave of "heat-not-burn" tobacco products are probably safer than traditional cigarettes but the devices still produce a number of potentially harmful compounds, some of which are carcinogenic, a British panel of experts said Tuesday.

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Marada, FM election alliance likely: Frangieh

MP Sleiman Frangieh signaled Tuesday that his Marada Movement and the Future Movement might form an alliance during next year’s parliamentary elections.

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Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

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The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward.

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Lebanon's future will be brighter: Aoun

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President Michel Aoun said Tuesday that Lebanon’s future was only set to improve from its current circumstances.

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Oil and gas file stirs squabbles amongst MPs

Half a dozen parliamentary committees held the second joint session in a week Tuesday morning to discuss draft laws pertaining to offshore oil and gas exploration.

Jumblatt criticizes 'Ottoman' power barges

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MP Walid Jumblatt took to Twitter Tuesday to voice his opposition to Lebanon’s ongoing reliance on Turkish-owned power barges anchored off the coast.

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Lebanon vital for Syria reconstruction: report

Lebanon’s air, land and sea routes will be needed for Syria’s reconstruction in case of any upcoming political solution to the country’s civil conflict, a European diplomat told a local daily in remarks published Tuesday.

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Aoun prepares for summit on Jerusalem

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President Michel Aoun is drafting suggestions to put forward at an upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit on occupied Jerusalem in Istanbul Wednesday.

Jerusalem move won’t destabilize Lebanon: experts

Despite Sunday’s clashes between protesters and security forces near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, analysts say the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will not have an overwhelmingly negative effect on…

The explorers who slip through the cracks

For nearly two centuries cavers have explored, photographed and documented the vast caverns of Lebanon’s Jeita Grotto, yet still to this day new limestone chambers are being discovered.

Nasrallah calls for third Palestinian intifada

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday that the best response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was to call for another intifada.

Sunday, Dec 10

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a trip to Europe Sunday facing widespread criticism of the U.S. decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and pressure to engage in the peace process.

Iraqi group responds to Hariri over head's southern sojourn

Iraq militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq responded to criticism by Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday by saying the group’s leader entered Lebanon legally and his trip to the border was in a show of support.

TDS 5 afternoon long reads

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Sit back and have a read of The Daily Star’s pick of today's five features from around the world worthy of your attention.

Protests at US Embassy in Lebanon turn violent

Demonstrations near the U.S. Embassy Sunday turned violent as protesters took to the streets to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Saturday, Dec 9

Arab states should consider US sanctions: Bassil

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Saturday that Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the United States to prevent it moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Thousands join latest S.Lebanon protests against Jerusalem designation

More than 5,000 students demonstrated Saturday in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Hariri blasts Iraqi militia head's visit to south Lebanon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted a visit to south Lebanon by of the head of a powerful Iraqi militia.

Private funeral held for Bosnian-Croat war criminal Praljak: report

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak, who swallowed poison before U.N. judges in The Hague last week, had a private funeral in Zagreb, a Croatian newspaper reported Saturday.

Friday, Dec 8

Families of Reina attack victims demand justice

Families of the victims of a deadly shooting attack at Istanbul’s Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve last year slammed the Lebanese government Friday for its failure to follow through on a promise to facilitate compensation from the Turkish…

Parliament: Trump decision recipe for wars, upheaval

Lebanon’s Parliament Friday condemned the U.S. decision to recognize the holy city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, warning that this move would lead to wars and threaten regional and international peace.

U.N. Middle East envoy warns risk of violent escalation

United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned on Friday that there was a risk of violent escalation in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Lebanon lights up for Jerusalem

Images of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Al-Aqsa Mosque were projected against the facades of central Beirut’s Mohammad al-Amine Mosque and St. George Cathedral Thursday evening.