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Elliott Abrams named special envoy to Iran despite role in Iran-Contra Affair

Published 2020-08-07 17:17:14 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – A new U.S. special envoy to Iran has been named after the previous diplomat, Brian Hook, announced this week that he was stepping down from teh position. The Trump administration announced that Elliott Abrams, the special envoy to Venezuela, would be taking on the role, despite his past role in the Iran-Contra Affair. Abrams, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 1991 about the Iran-Contra affair, was previously pardoned that same year by outgoing President George H.W. Bus. At the time of the Iran-Contra Affair trial, Abrams was serving as the Assistant Secretary of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Hezbollah official meets with French President in Beirut

Published 2020-08-07 16:29:29 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – According to Al-Akhbar, French President Emmanuel Macron held a short retreat with the head of the Parliamentary Bloc of Hezbollah, Mohamed Raad, during his meeting with party representatives at the headquarters of the French embassy in Lebanon. Al-Akhbar reported that Macron had met exclusively at the end of yesterday’s meeting with MP Raad. Party sources refused to disclose what took place during the meeting that lasted for several minutes. The newspaper pointed out that this meeting is the first between the French President and a figure from Hezbollah, which is currently considered a terrorist organization… Read on ->

Tags: France, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Turkish military strikes Syrian Army’s positions in Idlib

Published 2020-08-07 16:01:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Friday. According to reports, the Turkish military fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Army’s positions in the Saraqib countryside. The Syrian Arab Army did not directly respond to the Turkish military’s attack; however, they did target the Ankara-backed militants in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. It is not clear why the Turkish military targeted the Syrian Army’s positions, but they have sporadically attacked throughout the year. The Turkish military continues… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Russian Air Force once again intercepts US military aircraft over Black Sea

Published 2020-08-07 15:37:15 by News Desk in World-News

A Russian Su-27 fighter intercepted two US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, after which they turned away from the Russian border, according to a release from the Russian National Defence Control Centre. “On 7 August, Russian airspace control systems detected two aerial targets approaching the state border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. A Su-27 fighter from the Southern Military District’s air defence forces on duty was scrambled to intercept the targets,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the targets as “the US… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, US


Lebanon not ruling out external interference in Beirut Port explosion: Aoun

Published 2020-08-07 15:16:43 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced that the cause of the devastating explosion in Beirut Port is still unknown, but said there is a possibility that the tragic incident was caused by “external interference”. Aoun said on Friday that the investigation for the massive explosion will deal with whether it was an accident, if there was any negligence or possible foreign interference. According to what was reported by Reuters, President Aoun said: “The cause of the explosion is still unknown and there is a possibility of external interference through a missile, a bomb, or anything else.”… Read on ->

Tags: , Aoun, Beirut, Lebanon


Erdogan rejects new Egyptian-Greek agreement in Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-07 15:02:42 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, that the Egyptian-Greek agreement on the demarcation of maritime borders is “worthless and void.” The Turkish president stressed that his country will continue its exploration of the eastern Mediterranean, noting that it was stopped earlier at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but Greece and Ankara will not commit, “Therefore we sent a ship to explore for gas.” Erdogan continued: “We do not need to negotiate with those who do not have any rights in the area of ​​maritime validity.” The Turkish president added that his… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Greece, Turkey


Israeli military shoots down drone along Lebanese border

Published 2020-08-07 14:45:18 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Ministry of Defense said that it succeeded in shooting down a drone on the border with Lebanon. The ministry published a tweet on Thursday evening, which said it had managed to shoot down a drone that infiltrated their border near the Jabal Al-Sheikh region along the Blue Line. The ministry stated that the Israeli army shot down the drone after tracking it, and that it was conducting sweeping activities, and that their forces are in a high state of preparedness on the northern front, saying: “We will not allow the violation of Israel’s… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


New video from Beirut Port shows mass destruction from blast

Published 2020-08-07 14:34:21 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – A new video from inside the Port of Beirut was released on Friday, showing “the scale of the massive destruction” that occurred after last Tuesday’s explosion. The Lebanese news channel, MTV, released a video from inside the port, which showed the area after the civil defense units spent more than two days trying to put out the fires there. “You see in the attached video, the scale of the massive destruction in the port of Beirut, following the bombing that took place on Tuesday,” MTV reported. https://youtu.be/T5lULjCriSg On August 4th, a massive explosion hit the… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Family of Muammar Gaddafi demand body of late Libyan leader

Published 2020-08-07 12:39:37 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, the cousin of the late Libyan leader and political official of the “Libyan National Struggle Front”, asked his country’s authorities to hand over the body of Muammar Gaddafi to his relatives. According to RT, Gaddaf Al-Dam said in a statement that the Libyan Government of National Accord should hand over the bodies of supporters of the late Libyan leader  to their families, and allow Gaddafi supporters to return to their country. Gaddaf Al Dam, who was the coordinator of relations with Egypt during the Gaddafi era, pointed out that thousands of them… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Libya


Cyprus questions owner of ship whose cargo caused Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-07 12:21:06 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Reuters quoted a security source in Cyprus as saying that the authorities have located the supposed owner of the ship whose cargo caused the explosion at the Port of Beirut. “There was a request from Interpol in Beirut to locate this person and ask some questions to him regarding this shipment,” police spokesman Christos Andrew said in a statement. A Cypriot security official said that this person (whose name has not been released) was interrogated at his home in Cyprus on Thursday, noting that the answers from the owner of the ship carrying the ammonium… Read on ->

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Tags: Cyprus, Lebanon


Turkish-backed militants launch attack against Syrian Army in east Aleppo

Published 2020-08-07 12:07:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants launched a surprise attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops deployed inside the town of Tadef in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate last night. Led by Jaysh Al-Nasr, the Turkish-backed militants launched an attack on the Syrian Army’s post at the northern axis of Tadef from their positions at nearby Al-Bab. This attack by the Turkish-backed militants would result in a series of intense clashes that involved both heavy gunfire and shelling. According to a field report from eastern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army was able to foil the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Turkey blasts new Egyptian-Greek agreement in Mediterranean as ‘invalid’

Published 2020-08-07 11:56:46 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Thursday evening that the agreement to demarcate the Egyptian-Greek maritime borders is considered “invalid”. The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated, as reported by the Anadolu Agency, that the agreement on the so-called “demarcation of the maritime borders” signed between Egypt and Greece is invalid for Ankara. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said: “The specific area within the Egyptian-Greek agreement lies within the Turkish continental shelf.” The ministry said that Turkey considers the agreement null and void, adding that it also violates Libyan maritime rights. Egypt and Greece signed, on Thursday evening, an… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Greece, Turkey


Gaddafi’s cousin says NATO’s intervention in Libya was built on ‘falsehoods’

Published 2020-08-07 11:45:17 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The political official from the Libyan “National Struggle Front”, Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, expressed his conviction that everything that is happening in Libya has been caused by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the UN Security Council, stressing that “what is built on falsehoods is void.” In a statement to Russia’s Sputnik News Agency, Gaddaf said: “What happened in Libya is based on a falsehood, and what is built on falsehood is void.” According to the political official and cousin of the late Libyan President Mu’ammar Al-Gaddafi, NATO “destroyed a country that was a safety… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Libya


Twitter to apply ‘state-affiliated’ tag on news sites like RT and Xinhua

Published 2020-08-07 11:31:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Twitter has taken steps to target the handles of specific state-owned media outlets, like China’s Xinhua and Russia’s Sputnik. According to the AFP, the new move by Twitter will put distinct tags on the state-owned media outlets of Russia and China, despite not applying this distinction on other news handles. “This new policy will affect the media whose countries control their editorial content through financial resources or control production or distribution,” the Twitter platform spokesman said, as quoted by the AFP. Twitter said that they are targeting media outlets they believe are being dictated by… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia


Russia accuses US of blocking Syrian peace process

Published 2020-08-07 11:12:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria said this week that the U.S. military presence east of the Euphrates has become a major reason for the obstruction dialogue between the warring parties in Syria. In a statement, the center affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense said that the situation in the areas outside the control of the Syrian authorities in Deir Ezzor is getting worse. Russia and Syria are ready to “take all necessary measures to settle the situation east of the Euphrates and resume the national dialogue,” the statement said. The center’s statement… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Russia, Syria, US


Lebanese authorities arrest 16 people over the Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-07 08:40:13 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Lebanese authorities took 16 people in custoday as part of an investigation into the explosion at the Port of Beirut last Tuesday. Judge Fadi Akiki, the government’s commissioner to the military court, reported that so far, more than 18 port officials and the customs administration have been interrogated by the authorities and by individuals who have been assigned tasks related to the maintenance of the warehouse in which the high explosive materials that caused the disaster were deposited. He said, as reported by RT, that the investigation amounted to 16 people being… Read on ->

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Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Israeli warplanes launch heavy strikes on northern Gaza

Published 2020-08-07 08:28:48 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – An Israeli army spokesman said on Thursday, that their  aircraft launched raids on several locations inside the Gaza Strip last night. “Warplanes attacked a Hamas underground infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to the firing of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory during the day,” the Israeli army spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, tweeted via his official account. Furthermore, the Palestinian Information Center said through its official account on Twitter that the Israeli warplanes targeted sites belonging to the Palestinian forces in northern part of Gaza. Israeli warplanes launched raids in the… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


France’s Macron tells Hezbollah to stop serving interests of a foreign country

Published 2020-08-07 08:02:11 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that Hezbollah must solve the problems of people in Lebanon instead of serving the interests of a foreign country. Macron made the remarks at a press conference in Beirut, which was reported by many media outlets and agencies. He continued, “If they defend the interests of the Lebanese people, let them find a solution to electricity and to the problems of the people instead of serving the interests of a foreign country.” He said, “France will never leave Lebanon, nor will it abandon the Lebanese people. When the heart… Read on ->

Tags: France, Iran, Lebanon, Macron


Egypt, Greece reach agreement in eastern Mediterranean amid tensions with Turkey

Published 2020-08-07 07:49:39 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – Egypt and Greece signed on Thursday, an agreement to demarcate the maritime borders between the two countries in the Mediterranean. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced, through its official account on Facebook, that Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received, on Thursday, his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias in Cairo. A statement by the Ministry said that Shoukry received his Greek counterpart in Cairo in order to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral relations and coordination on issues of common concern, in preparation for the signing of an agreement to designate the maritime borders between the two countries…. Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Greece


Large US military convoy enters Syria from neighboring Iraq

Published 2020-08-07 07:14:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The U.S.-led Coalition sent a large military convoy to one of its bases inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week, as several local reports said the American vehicles entered the country from one of the illegal border-crossings. According to reports, the U.S.-led Coalition convoy consisted of nearly 50 large trucks, which were accompanied by seven armored vehicles that were entering northeast Syria from neighboring Iraq. The convoy was said to have traveled near the key city of Al-Qamishli in northern Al-Hasakah before making their way to the Tal Tamr countryside near the administrative border of the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Bolton slams Trump for not overthrowing Iranian government

Published 2020-08-07 06:49:47 by News Desk in Iran

This is not the first time the ex-Trump administration official has criticised his former boss. He recently released a tell-all book about his days as national security adviser, depicting POTUS as purportedly being incompetent in matters of foreign policy. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has once again stepped up his criticism of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. This time he took aim at the president’s approach to Iran, which it slapped with heavy sanctions in 2018 and whose top general, Qassem Soleimani he ordered to kill in January 2020. In an interview with the Kurdish network Rudaw TV, Bolton stated… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Iran, Trump


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