Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as Prime Minister

Saad Hariri at Beirut's international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, November 21, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 22 November 2017
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Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as Prime Minister

BEIRUT: Saad Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as prime minister on Nov. 4.
Hariri cited fear of assassination and meddling by Iran and Hezbollah in the Arab world in his resignation speech.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept the resignation until he returns to present it in person.
Hariri drove straight from Beirut airport to read a prayer at the grave of his father, Rafik Hariri, whose 2005 assassination forced him into politics.
Asked if had a message for the Lebanese, who have largely united in demanding his return, Hariri said: “Thank you.”
Hariri is expected to take part in Lebanese independence day celebrations on Wednesday.


Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

Updated 19 June 2018
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Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

LONDON: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that at least 400,000 barrels of storage capacity has been lost within the past few days due to militant attacks on Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra.
The NOC announced Monday that it has suffered “catastrophic losses” when two storage tanks were destroyed during fierce clashes in its oil crescent, northeast of the country.
Armed groups on Thursday attacked the Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra terminals held by Haftar’s forces around 650 kilometers (400 miles) east of Tripoli.
Haftar led a “major offensive” on Sunday following the attacks to drive rival groups from the country’s northeastern oil crescent.
NOC chief Mustafa Sonallah warned in statements carried by Reuters that if oil exports from these terminals remain at a standstill it could cause a “national disaster.”
The oil firm warned on Friday that output could fall by up to 400,000 barrels per day if the export shutdown continues.