‘Limited change’ is most Lebanese can expect warns Paul Salem, Middle East Institute president

  • Confronted by its worst economic crisis in decades and still reeling from last year’s massive explosion at its main port, Lebanon faces a long road to recovery and its people should only expect “limited change” even from elections, a veteran Lebanese American analyst predicted on Wednesday. W...
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‘Free’ Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

  • TUNIS: Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia’s landmark “free” elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.The Islamist Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation through the...
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‘Elections did not undermine Hezbollah but gives Lebanon chance to reorganize’ says spokesman for the American Task Force on Lebanon

  • CHICAGO: The result of Lebanon’s elections should not lead people to believe that Hezbollah has been undermined but should be seen as an opportunity to restructure the country’s political dynamics, a spokesman for the American Task Force on Lebanon said on Wednesday. Jean AbiNader, ATFL vice p...
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Zaghari-Ratcliffe, fellow British-Iranian freed to return to UK

  • DUBAI: British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anousheh Ashouri were freed on Wednesday after a long ordeal during which they became a bargaining chip in Iran’s negotiations with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. A video aired by Iran’s Tasnim news agency, ...
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Why fakes are replacing real trafficked antiquities from the Middle East

  • LONDON: On July 1 last year, the suspicions of UK Border Force agents were aroused by two metal trunks that arrived at Heathrow Airport on a flight from Bahrain. Such is the game of cat and mouse played between international customs officials and criminals intent on shipping illegal items thr...
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War turned Syria’s regime into a ‘narco-state’ smuggling drugs to Gulf, says expert

  • CHICAGO: Although President Bashar Assad continues to survive the civil war that has gripped Syria since 2011, he controls only 60 percent of the country and his regime’s largest source of revenue is now drug trafficking, according to an expert on the nation’s geopolitical history. Charles Li...
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Vehicle-carrier ship hit by explosion in Gulf of Oman

  • DUBAI: A Bahamas-flagged ship, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday. The cause of the explosion is not clear. “Investigations are ongoing. Vessel and crew ar...
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US secretary of state, Palestinian Americans discuss ‘important issues’

  • PHILADELPHIA: US secretary of State Antony Blinken has met a select group of Palestinian American leaders — signifying the importance of changes in the Democratic Party in recent months. In the past, Arab Americans and especially Palestinian Americans were shunned while US officials regularly...
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US Palestinian Council will help lobby for rights

  • AMMAN: Palestinian Americans have created a united body that will work on lobbying for their rights in Washington. The US Palestinian Council was inaugurated in Washington on April 22 after representatives from different parts of the country agreed on statutes of incorporation. In a session...
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UK to help destroy Syria’s chemical stockpile

  • LONDON: The UK will help the international mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the US, Denmark and Norway.Britain’s Foreign Office said it has agreed to destroy 150 tons of two industrial-grade chemicals...
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