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Iraq's southern oil exports averaged 3.566 mln bpd so far in July: oil officials

Iraq exported an average of 3.566 million barrels per day from its southern oilfields so far in July, said senior oil officials.


Ain al-Hilweh gunfire kills teen on vacation with family


A stray bullet Monday from a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon took the life of a 17-year-old expatriate spending his summer vacation in Sidon.

Monday, Jul 16


Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia

When President Vladimir Putin sat down at the table in Helsinki Monday, he surely had in the back of his mind some intelligence worries that had nothing to do with the U.S. president seated across from him.

Lebanon turns to wind farms for electricity

Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Monday that his ministry has signed an agreement with the private sector in Lebanon to buy electricity from the power generated from the wind farms once they are built.

Want to be an Egyptian? It’ll cost you at least $390,000


Foreigners living in Egypt will be able to apply for citizenship after five years of residency under new rules given initial backing by Parliament – as long as their pockets are deep enough.

Bahrain needs comprehensive package of economic reforms: IMF


Bahrain needs a comprehensive package of reforms to reduce its fiscal deficits over the medium term, the IMF said, as the island kingdom seeks to secure crucial support from rich neighbors in order to avoid a currency devaluation.

Mideast’s biggest petrochemical plant moves closer to financing


Carbon Holdings hopes to finalize financing for its $10.9 billion petrochemical plant by the end of the year, and expects to begin construction of what would be the Middle East’s largest such facility in the third quarter of 2019.

IMF raises Saudi growth forecast


The International Monetary Fund Monday raised its growth forecast for the world’s top crude exporter Saudi Arabia, citing higher oil prices.


Power barge not docked due to bad weather: Abi Khalil

After a power barge was prevented from docking in the southern coastal town of Jiyyeh Monday, a day after its arrival to Lebanon, caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said that weather conditions were to blame.


Protesters gather at Iraq's Siba gas field-police

About 200 protesters gathered at the main entrance to Iraq's Siba natural gas field on Monday, police and energy sources said, in unrest over poor services sweeping southern cities.


Ziad Itani details alleged torture by State Security to HRW


Ziad Itani, an actor released earlier this year after being arrested and falsely accused of collaborating with Israel, provided details of his detention and alleged torture by State Security to Human Rights Watch, in an account published…

Sunday, Jul 15


Christian rift still holding up Cabinet formation


The formation of a new government is being stymied by an ongoing struggle between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces over Christian representation, political sources said Sunday, ruling out an imminent breakthrough in the…

Trump knows GOP base ripe for ideological revolution

President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe is being portrayed by both him and his critics as revolutionary.

Iran urges Trump not to use strategic reserve

A senior Iranian oil official urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to use the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to push prices lower, and instead drop sanctions on Iran’s crude exports.

Abraaj founder reaches initial deal on $300M loan


Arif Naqvi, the founder of embattled Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group, reached an interim settlement with a creditor on a $300 million loan, his lawyer and a person close to the creditor said.

UAE’s Mubadala in talks with potential bidders for Spain’s Cepsa


Vitol Group, the world’s largest independent oil trader, is among firms considering bids for Spanish oil company Cepsa Trading SA as its owner weighs alternatives to an initial public offering planned for later this year, according to…

UAE to invest $10 billion in South Africa


The United Arab Emirates intends to invest as much as $10 billion in South Africa’s economy, with a focus on tourism and mining.

Court upholds landmark ruling for LGBTQ community


The Penal Appeal Court in Mount Lebanon upheld a decision by a Metn judge in a case that ruled homosexuality was not a crime.

Beirut protesters decry corruption, politicians’ vacations


Protesters gathered in Downtown Beirut’s Riad al-Solh Square Sunday in condemnation of the government’s failure to provide basic services, also decrying rampant corruption and high pollution levels throughout the country.


Intruders run on to pitch during World Cup final


Four intruders ran on to the pitch from the stands during the second half of the soccer World Cup final in Moscow between Croatia and France, briefly interrupting the game on Sunday.


France wins its second World Cup title


France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.


Outcry as Lebanon receives a third power barge

South Lebanon residents protested Sunday as Turkish company Karadeniz delivered a third power barge to the country.

Saturday, Jul 14


Victim of sexual harassment, 11, faces deportation


A Syrian woman and her 11-year-old son were given a 15-day deadline to leave Lebanon after the mother reported that her son was sexually harassed by a Lebanese man, according to an ISF tweet Saturday.


Lebanon reintroduced to Vatican pilgrimage list after 12 year absence

The Vatican will authorize official pilgrimage visits to Lebanon in 2019, Lebanese Charge d'Affaires in Vatican City and UNESCO Ambassador Khalil Karam told the country’s officials, according to the state-run National News Agency Friday.

Friday, Jul 13


Erdogan pledges strong Turkish economy by year 2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened his Cabinet’s first meeting since taking office in a new term with sweeping powers, renewing a promise to make Turkey one of the world’s top economies. Erdogan vowed to work tirelessly to…

Better relations with Russia are a worthy goal

As the Helsinki summit approaches, President Donald Trump appears to be on the verge of acquiescing to the belligerent strategy and behavior that Moscow has been pursuing for decades.

Tunisia sees tourism take off after terror fears

Holidaymakers are returning to the Tunisian seaside this summer in a marked turnaround three years since dozens of tourists were killed on one of the country’s beaches. Relaxing by the pool with a whiskey in hand, Steve was thrilled with…

Abraaj posts $188 million loss after using investor funds

Abraaj Holdings had an unusual business model reliant on short-term borrowing, and key financial statements are missing or nonexistent, according to one of the firms tasked with salvaging the Dubai-based private-equity firm’s assets. In a…

Tourism minister denies sea polluted

Representatives of Lebanon’s tourism sector Friday sought to dispel notions that Lebanon was suffering from a severe environmental crisis, including the heavy pollution of its coast.

Dam construction ‘buries’ section of Nahr al-Kalb


Construction of Metn’s Beqaatet Kanaan dam southwest of Faqra has resulted in the complete burial of a northern section of the Nahr al-Kalb River.