Lebanon’s Aoun urges more efforts to repatriate Syrian refugees

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged world powers on Sunday to “make all efforts” to enable Syrian refugees to return home, regardless of any political solution to the war there. Lebanese President Michel Aoun talks during the Arab Economic and Social Development summit meeting in Beirut, Lebanon January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aziz Taher Aoun

Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League

Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria‘s membership, calling it a “historic shame” to keep the Arab country out of the forum. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit that has been overshadowed by divisions and

Israeli museum to drop ‘McJesus’ sculpture after protests

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – An Israeli museum plans to withdraw a sculpture depicting the McDonald’s mascot as the crucified Jesus following protests which briefly united the country’s Christian minority, its populist culture minister and the pro-Palestinian artist. The life-sized sculpture showing the Ronald McDonald clown on a cross has been at the center of an

Qatar sees no need to re-open embassy in Syria: foreign minister

Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, holds a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not pictured) at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha, Qatar January 13, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Reuters DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that

Iran says it is taking initial steps to design reactor fuel

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran is taking preliminary steps to design uranium fuel with a purity of 20 percent for reactors instead of having to copy foreign designs, Iran’s nuclear chief said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi gestures as he speaks to Reuters during an interview in Brussels, Belgium November 27,

Yemeni refinery fire spreads to second storage tank: sources

ADEN (Reuters) – A fire at a refinery in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden spread to a second storage tank on Saturday, injuring six people, sources at the refinery said. They told Reuters that civil defense forces had failed to contain the fire sparked by an explosion on Friday. The cause of the blast

Iran protests to Poland over Iran-focused summit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivers his statement, during the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 28, 2018. Salvatore Di Nolfi/Pool via REUTERS DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat on Sunday to protest Poland’s jointly hosting a global summit

Runaway Saudi woman reaches her new home in Canada

Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. “This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said arm-in-arm with the

US says time for new government in Venezuela

The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it stood behind the head of Venezuela’s opposition-run congress, Juan Guaido, who said on Friday that

Both sides largely sticking to Yemen ceasefire, more progress needed: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Both sides in the conflict in Yemen have largely stuck to a ceasefire agreed last month, but substantial progress is still needed before more talks can be held on ending the war, the U.N. special representative to the country said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: U.N. envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths is

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