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Palestinian President's health apparently improving in hospital


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles.

Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend $9B on image sensors

Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys…

Facebook boss faces European Parliament over data scandal


Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg faces tough questions later Tuesday at the European Parliament over the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal.

EU says no clarity on US tariffs ahead of deadline

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Tuesday that the EU still has no idea whether U.S. President Donald Trump will slap tariffs on the bloc's steel and aluminum exports next week.

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Italy must pursue 'responsible' budget policy: EU official

Italy must strive to pursue a "responsible" budget policy, the European Commission vice-president in charge of the euro said in an interview published Tuesday, as the country's nascent populist far-right coalition picks a little known…

Israel says first country to use US-made F-35 in combat


Israel is the first country to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said Tuesday in remarks carried by the military's official Twitter account.


Foreign media arrive for North Korea nuke site closing


A small group of foreign journalists arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to cover the dismantling of the country's nuclear test site later this week, but without South Korean media initially also scheduled to participate.

Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up


An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison when he is sentenced next month.


Cabinet OKs raft of items in final session


A marathon six-hour Cabinet session ended Monday with the approval of a series of items, and marked the conclusion of the term of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government.

Food prices in spotlight as ministry checks for hikes


The consumer protection department of the Economy Ministry carried out another round of inspections throughout Lebanon Monday to ensure food prices aren’t being ramped up during Ramadan.

With Berri’s re-election sealed, focus shifts to new Cabinet

With the new Parliament starting its term Tuesday and the re-election of Speaker Nabih Berri for a new four-year mandate assured at Parliament session Wednesday, attention is focused on the next move of forming a new government following…


After re-election, Maduro faces foreign backlash


Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro faced widespread international condemnation Monday after his re-election in a weekend vote that his critics denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken oil producer.

Coastal privatization approval causes concern

A coastal resort project in the northern town of Anfeh has been thrown back into the spotlight in the past week as reports emerged that it would be approved before the Cabinet entered caretaker status.


Turkish court rejects appeal for release of jailed pro-Kurdish candidate: party


A Turkish court rejected an appeal Monday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for the release of their jailed former leader and presidential candidate, the party said, a month before snap parliamentary and presidential elections.


6 countries at G20 meeting reject Venezuela election result


Representatives of Argentina, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Chile, and the United States said in a joint statement Monday they would not recognize the result of Venezuela's presidential election held Sunday.


Israel summons envoys for Spain, Slovenia, Belgium over UN Gaza vote


Israel has summoned the ambassadors of Spain, Slovenia and Belgium over their votes at a U.N. body calling for an international probe of the deadly shootings of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border, the foreign ministry said Monday.


Merkel, Poroshenko discuss gas transit through Ukraine and Minsk agreement


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by telephone Monday about Merkel's visit to Russia last week, efforts to implement the Minsk agreement and gas transit through Ukraine, a spokeswoman said.


Malta court rejects bid to stop FBI testimony in journalist murder case


A Maltese court Monday dismissed an attempt by one of the suspects in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to stop an FBI team testifying in pre-trial proceedings.

France's Total boosts Cypriot gas plan as it eyes Iran exit

French energy company Total says it is looking to expand its search for natural gas off Cyprus' south coast and seeks to secure another exploratory drilling license, days after warning it could exit Iran over renewed U.S. sanctions there.

Syrian army takes last insurgent area near Damascus

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, it said Monday, for the first time since early in the seven-year war, after pushing Daesh (ISIS) militants out of a south Damascus pocket.

Monday, May 21

Palestinians in Sidon march in solidarity with Gaza


Young Palestinian and Lebanese men and women took to the streets of Sidon Saturday evening, marching in solidarity with their compatriots living in occupied territory.

Paraguay president inaugurates Israel embassy in Jerusalem


Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem Monday, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv.

Lebanon enters new political phase

Blocs set to hold deliberations to decide whom to vote for as speaker

Sunday, May 20

Plastic-bottle boat criticizes Lebanon's pollution

Lebanese American University students and environmental activists completed the maiden voyage Sunday of the country’s first ever Phoenician-style trireme made of thousands of plastic bottles.

Trump says he will ask Justice Dept to look into campaign surveillance


U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled.

US confirms suspension of trade tariffs against China

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed Sunday that Washington and Beijing had agreed to back off from imposing tariffs on each other, a day after reaching an accord on slashing the American trade deficit with China.

Polls open in Venezuela election boycotted by opposition


Polling stations across Venezuela opened Sunday for a presidential election boycotted by the opposition in which President Nicolas Maduro is expected to be easily reelected.

Saturday, May 19

Nadine Labaki’s 'Capharnaum' wins Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaum won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival Saturday.

Police kill 4 gunmen who raided Orthodox church in Chechnya


Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya, but were killed by security forces in a clash Saturday that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead.

Akkar MP-elect wants protection for local potato market


Akkar MP-elect Tarek Merehbi called for the cessation of Syrian potatoes being smuggled into Lebanon due to the adverse affect it was having on the local market, the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday.

Sealed with a kiss: newlyweds Harry and Meghan process through Windsor


Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan set off on a carriage procession around the town of Windsor after marrying on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony in front of British royalty, celebrities and a global TV audience of millions.

Friday, May 18

Abi Khalil opens LNG import, supply tender


Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil launched a tender book Friday for the import and supply of liquefied natural gas, in a significant step towards securing affordable fuel to power the ailing energy sector.

In Jezzine, it’s young people who are taking the lead


Throughout Lebanon, young people are being lured from the peripheries to lucrative opportunities in the capital or the prosperous Gulf, but in south Lebanon’s Jezzine, a bold initiative is offering graduates employment right in their own…

German newspaper drops cartoonist after Netanyahu drawing


German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said it had ended its decades-long collaboration with cartoonist Dieter Hanitzsch after he depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using "anti-Semitic cliches".

ISF warns against online kids’ games leading to self-harm


Lebanon has joined a growing list of countries that have warned their citizens about two online games that allegedly lead children to self-harm or even suicide.

Thursday, May 17

Lebanon signs consulting contracts for CIP projects


The Higher Council for Privatization and Public Private Partnership signed consulting and advising contracts with major international companies Thursday in a key step of the implementation of the Capital Investment Program presented at…

Iraq sentences Russian Daesh member to death: judicial source


A court in Iraq Thursday sentenced to death a Russian militant for being a member of Daesh (ISIS), a judicial source said.

ISF warns against disturbing virtual games

The Internal Security Forces Thursday warned citizens against two virtual games that they said could lead players to commit suicide, after receiving complaints about the online contests.

FPM bloc to discuss Parliament speaker pick: Bassil


The Free Patriotic Movement’s Strong Lebanon bloc is set to meet next week to discuss its pick for parliamentary speaker, following the dissolution of the current Parliament, FPM president and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil announced…