Hezbollah members get life terms for Lebanese leader’s death

Hezbollah members get life terms for Lebanese leader’s death
Rescue personnel hose down a burning vehicle after a bomb blast that targeted the convoy of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut Monday, Feb.14 2005. (AP/File)
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Updated 16 June 2022

Hezbollah members get life terms for Lebanese leader’s death

Hezbollah members get life terms for Lebanese leader’s death
  • Neither of the convicted men, Hassan Habib Merhi and Hussein Hassan Oneissi, has been arrested and sent to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Netherlands
  • Merhi and Oneissi were convicted on appeal in March of five crimes

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands: Appeals judges at an international tribunal sentenced two members of the militant Hezbollah group to life imprisonment Thursday for their roles in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the deaths of 21 other people in 2005.
Neither of the convicted men, Hassan Habib Merhi and Hussein Hassan Oneissi, has been arrested and sent to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Netherlands. They were tried in their absence and remain at large.
Merhi and Oneissi were convicted on appeal in March of five crimes, including being accomplices to the intentional homicide of Hariri and the 21 others. They all were killed when plotters detonated a huge truck bomb outside a hotel on Beirut’s seafront as Hariri’s motorcade drove past.
The blast wounded another 226 people and plunged Lebanon deeper into political turmoil.
During a hearing Thursday, the tribunal’s president, Czech judge Ivana Hrdličková, said Merhi and Oneissi were receiving life sentences for each of their five convictions. If they are ever captured and imprisoned, the sentences would be served concurrently.
Prosecutors appealed after the two men were acquitted nearly two years ago following a lengthy trial that found another Hezbollah member, Salim Ayyash, guilty of involvement in the Feb. 14, 2005, blast. Ayyash, who also was tried in absentia, received a life prison sentence.
The tribunal’s 2020 verdict was met with anger and disappointment in parts of Lebanon. The trial judges said there was no evidence that Hezbollah’s leadership and Syria were involved in the attack but noted the assassination happened as Hariri and his political allies were discussing calling for Syria to withdraw its forces from Lebanon.


Russia fines streaming site Twitch over 31-second ‘fake’ video — agencies

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Russia fines streaming site Twitch over 31-second ‘fake’ video — agencies

Russia fines streaming site Twitch over 31-second ‘fake’ video — agencies
LONDON: A court in Russia has fined streaming service Twitch 2 million roubles ($33,000) for hosting a short video containing what it calls “fake” information about alleged war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday.
Russia has repeatedly threatened to fine sites — including Google, Twitter and Wikipedia — it accuses of hosting “fake” content related to its military campaign in Ukraine.
The court accused Twitch, a US-based live-streaming service popular with video gamers, of failing to remove a 31-second clip of a girl from the town of Bucha, the Kommersant newspaper reported. It did not specify the content of the video.
Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ukraine and its allies accuse Russian forces of committing atrocities in Bucha, a satellite town of Kyiv, after Moscow launched its invasion in February. Russia denies the charge.
Earlier, RIA reported that Telegram messenger was hit with two fines totalling 11 million roubles ($179,000) for refusing to delete channels which allegedly showed how to “sabotage” military vehicles and hosting “unreliable data” about Russia’s progress in what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Iraq’s finance minister resigns over political crisis

Iraq’s finance minister resigns over political crisis
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Iraq’s finance minister resigns over political crisis

Iraq’s finance minister resigns over political crisis
  • The officials said Finance Minister Ali Allawi resigned during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday to protest the political conditions
  • Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar will become acting finance minister

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s finance minister resigned Tuesday, two government officials said, over the country’s worst political crisis in years involving an influential Shiite cleric and his Iran-aligned rivals.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said Finance Minister Ali Allawi resigned during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday to protest the political conditions. They said Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar will become acting finance minister.
Allawi’s decision came weeks after members of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr’s parliamentary bloc resigned from parliament and his supporters stormed the parliament building in Baghdad. Al-Sadr later demanded that parliament be dissolved and early elections held.
Al-Sadr won the largest share of seats in the election last October but failed to form a majority government that excluded his Iran-aligned rivals.
Al-Sadr’s political rivals in the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed parties, said earlier that parliament would have to convene to dissolve itself. They called the Al-Sadr supporters’ storming of parliament a “coup” and have held demonstrations in support of the government.
Iraq’s political impasse, now in its 10th month, is the longest in the country since the 2003 US-led invasion reset the political order.


NRG Matters — GAC Bahrain installs 552 solar panels to generate power, Egypt mulls energy cooperation with Slovenia

NRG Matters — GAC Bahrain installs 552 solar panels to generate power, Egypt mulls energy cooperation with Slovenia
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NRG Matters — GAC Bahrain installs 552 solar panels to generate power, Egypt mulls energy cooperation with Slovenia

NRG Matters — GAC Bahrain installs 552 solar panels to generate power, Egypt mulls energy cooperation with Slovenia

RIYADH: GAC Bahrain, a shipping and forwarding agency, will install photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftop of its warehouse in Bahrain Investment Wharf in Al Hidd, Trade Arabia reported. 

It has partnered up with renewable energy construction firm Al-Mannai Projects to install 552 solar panels that will generate around 300 kilowatts to meet the facility’s electricity needs.

It is part of the company’s commitment to environmental protection and reducing its carbon footprint across the maritime and logistics industries. 

Japanese JERA

Japan’s power generator JERA will spend around 15 billion yen ($112 million) to buy a 35.1 percent stake in Vietnamese renewable energy company Gia Lai Electricity JSC to expand its overseas business.

Egypt’s energy cooperation with Slovenia

Egypt is mulling cooperation with Slovenia in the fields of electricity, new energy and green hydrogen, according to the State Information Service. 

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker has affirmed the country’s efforts to become a clean energy hub in the African continent.

This came during a meeting between the minister and Slovenia’s Ambassador to Cairo Mateja Prevolšek to discuss ways to reinforce cooperation between the two countries.


King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking
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King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking
  • President: University is continuing scientific and research efforts to strive for excellence in various fields of science and knowledge in the world

RIYADH: The president of King Saud University thanked Saudi Arabia’s leadership for its support after the university was ranked top in the Kingdom and the Arab world by the Shanghai Ranking, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Dr. Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar said the university, ranked 121st globally, is proud of the national achievement, which adds to its local, regional and, international achievements.

“We are seeing the fruits of the university’s commitment to its educational goals in the field of developing academic studies, scientific research, and innovation in order to elevate our university, as well as the continuous work in strengthening our relations with leading scientific institutions around the world to achieve knowledge exchange with them and advance the educational level at the university,” Al-Omar said.

He continued: “We believe in the importance of appreciating successes and their impact in spreading a sense of self-confidence and belief in one’s ability to achieve more as is the case at King Saud University.”

Al-Omar said the university is continuing its scientific and research efforts to strive for excellence in various fields of science and knowledge in the world.


Nasdaq-listed Anghami's revenue jumps 29% boosted by collaboration with Arab artist Amr Diab

Nasdaq-listed Anghami's revenue jumps 29% boosted by collaboration with Arab artist Amr Diab
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Nasdaq-listed Anghami's revenue jumps 29% boosted by collaboration with Arab artist Amr Diab

Nasdaq-listed Anghami's revenue jumps 29% boosted by collaboration with Arab artist Amr Diab

RIYADH: A collaboration with Egyptian artist Amr Diab, who has over 1.2 billion streams on the platform, pushed Abu Dhabi’s streaming platform, Anghami Inc. to record higher revenues and user growth for the first half of the year. 

The Nasdaq-listed platform reported a 29 percent jump in revenues to $21.1  million in the first six months of 2022, while its first-half active users jumped 46 percent to reach 19.5 million, it said in a statement.

Its monthly paying subscribers increased 41 percent year-on-year, driven by improved customer retention.

Angamis began the year by partnering with Rotana Music, one of Arab music's premier labels, and with Saudi media company MBC Group, one of the Middle East and North Africa region's largest.

On July 5, Anghami completed the acquisition of Spotlight Events, which creates and manages events and concerts in the MENA, further strengthening its position.