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The future of this country is not in the hands of absolutists from a hard left ideology or a prejudiced extreme right. Fortunately, there is enough room in the middle. Including the immensely frustrated but reasonable protester-turned-politician. Driven by moderation rather than extremism, and ready to reach “across the aisle” and work with the older …

By BRUCE SCHREINER – Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers wrapped up work on the state’s next two-year budget on Wednesday, approving big pay raises for state employees and increased education spending while setting aside significant amounts to offset planned personal income tax reductions. The spending plan — the result of negotiations between …

(Ebrahim Noroozi/AP) “As youhe only Western journalist allowed to enter Iran ahead of the 2017 presidential elections, I followed then-candidate Ebrahim Raisi during the election campaign. Whatever illusions I had about Iran and its ambitions have melted away under the brutality of its warlike rhetoric. Sculmination of Jerusalem last week, US Secretary of State Antony …

DUBAI: The empowerment of women in leadership positions around the world continues to lag behind, with too few governments taking steps to encourage women leaders, says a senior UAE minister. Ohoud Al-Roumi, Minister for Development in the Government of the United Arab Emirates, made the statement during a session titled “Women in Government: Shaping a …

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When on March 12, Denis Shmygal, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, announced that a prohibition or severe restrictions would be imposed on exports of wheat, buckwheat, eggs, oil, sugar and other foods, his message produced no sensation, given Ukraine’s largely crippled agrarian sector. The military action has disrupted economic, transport and logistical connections, limiting shipping in …

PA DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor is heading to a runoff in the presidential election after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta failed to secure more than 50 percent of the vote despite a considerable lead over another veteran independence fighter, incumbent President Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres. Ramos-Horta won 46.6% of the vote …

BEIRUT: “Lebanon still needs Arab sponsorship, and (I hope) that all the Gulf countries, in particular, will restore ties with Lebanon, which needs its Arab environment to embrace it,” said Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati during his visit to Doha. Grandstand Saturday. Mikati met Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the forum’s headquarters. …

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s foreign minister, said the entire Middle East would benefit from a renewed nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. But during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Thursday evening, Amir-Abdollahian said “we have not yet reached the final point on lifting sanctions”. Opponents of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal …

In 2002, China loaned Sri Lanka more than $1 billion for the Hambantota Port project, an ambitious development to attract container ships crossing the Indian Ocean, one of the busiest waterways in the world. After the opening of the port, Sri Lanka failed to meet interest payments. Beijing has pressured the small island nation to …

Under the theme “Partnership for Unity, Justice and Development”, the 48and The Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit was hosted by Pakistan on 22-23 March 2022 in Islamabad. This was the second time that Pakistan had the opportunity to host an OIC ministerial meeting in Islamabad after the …

RAMALLAH: A senior EU official has reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to the Palestinians after its support was partially suspended last year. The comments were made by Oliver Varhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, during a meeting with senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Thursday. The two parties also discussed the implementation of the new EU …

By CHRIS MEGERIAN, LORNE COOK and AAMER MADHANI – Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and his Western allies on Thursday opened the first of three summits focused on increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over his war in Ukraine while dealing with the fallout. economic and security issues that are …

ATLANTA (AP) — A jury on Wednesday found a political operative and former Atlanta city employee guilty on charges of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bribes resulting from a lengthy federal investigation into corruption at City Hall. Mitzi Bickers was the first person to stand trial for the corruption investigation during the …

Russia’s month-long siege of Ukraine has caused a shortage of wheat imports from Lebanon and made finding a new source of food a national priority. As the conflict progresses, consumers are already feeling the pain of rising prices and shortages of wheat in the markets. A substitute is urgently needed to mitigate the risk of …

Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for an end to “all political, military, security and media activities based in Lebanon that undermine the sovereignty, security and stability of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Council of Gulf Cooperation”. In a statement released on Monday, he said the current government is committed to restoring ties between …

BEIRUT: Lebanese banks on Monday declared a two-day strike to protest against court rulings against Fransabank, Credit Bank, Banque du Liban et d’Outre Mer, Bank of Beirut, Societe Generale, Bankmed and Aoudi Bank. The banks condemned the rulings as arbitrary, noting that some lawsuits filed by depositors relate to their claims to recover US dollar …

With pandemic restrictions eased last year despite two deadly COVID surges, the Philippines has moved up a notch in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s latest World Happiness Report. The rankings are not based on cheerfulness and how easily people find happiness, but on quality of life indicators using three-year data from the Gallup World …

foreign direct investment is a cross-border investment in which a resident or company of one country exercises control or significant influence over the management of a business in another country. (On the other hand, these are the the most self-sufficient economies in the world.) To determine the countries where foreigners control the largest share of …

By BRUCE SCHREINER – Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation to revamp unemployment benefit rules was opposed Friday by Kentucky’s governor, who condemned it as a “callous” move that would lead to more population losses in areas rural. The bill – demanded by business groups – would increase job search requirements for people receiving …

ATLANTA (AP) — A former City of Atlanta entrepreneur testified that a political operative who worked at City Hall contacted him after his business was battered by the Great Recession to talk about a contract. sidewalk – and a bribe. Mitzi Bickers, who helped former mayor Kasim Reed win the election and later worked as …

LONDON: A special UN event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen saw world powers pledge increased financial support to the country and condemn the Iran-backed Houthi militia for its attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates . Opening the event, attended by Arab News and co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Antonio …

His music marked a dividing line between Ottoman classical music, with all its know-how, and the spirit of modernity. It paved the way for lyricists on the one hand and listeners on the other to catch up with 20th century music. His successors over the past hundred years, such as Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed Fawzi, Baligh …

BEIRUT: When Afraa Hashem reflects on life during the siege of Aleppo, she remembers how inventive everyone was. By the end of 2016, Syrian government forces had cordoned off the eastern half of rebel-held Aleppo, with 270,000 people inside, and for months they and Russian warplanes reduced it to rubble. Food was scarce. Hashem’s family, …

The Lebanese Prime Minister announced on Monday that he did not plan to stand as a candidate in the legislative elections scheduled for May. Najib Mikati said in a televised speech that he wanted to allow the new generation to express themselves and define their options through the election, and he called on Lebanese citizens …

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with an overview of the latest developments in the world. The Lebanese Prime Minister announced on Monday that he would not stand again in the legislative elections scheduled for May 15. France has closed a mosque for six months as part of an ongoing campaign against Muslims and their places …

The last time Lebanon held parliamentary elections, in 2018, Nour’s monthly salary was around $1,000. But as the country heads for another vote, the value of the bank clerk’s paycheck has plunged to $100 – the result of a financial meltdown she and many others blame on the very politicians who are seeking re-election. “It …

With more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Europe to escape the Russian onslaught and many more on the move, European social services are beginning to buckle under the strain. Having taken in millions of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere over the past decade, Europe simply cannot afford another major crisis that not …

RIYADH: Following the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the GCC import ban, Lebanon is keen to restore trade relations with Saudi Arabia, which in 2020 amounted to more than 200 million dollars ‘exports. The country has been stuck in an economic sandstorm that has clouded the region due to inflationary climate and impoverished import-export …

Syrian Kurds gather at Baladi Stadium to commemorate the bloody clashes between members of their community and Syrian regime forces in 2004, in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakeh on Saturday. France Media Agency If confirmed, the Reuters report on the appointment of Juma Awad Al Badri, the founder’s brother, as head of Daesh could ensure …

The leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, Jebran Bassil, stressed on Sunday that “victory over the enemy is not achieved exclusively by arms”. “I’m with a solution for the maritime border that would preserve our right to undersea gas,” Bassil said at the FPM’s seventh annual conference. “The water is nobody’s, but the gas is …

BEIRUT: Supermarket owners in Lebanon blamed “tough measures” by the Banque du Liban for introducing a new payment system for their customers. The change in the central bank requires payment of 50% of the value of purchases in cash and 50% by bank cards, due to the “low liquidity” of the markets, according to Nabil …

Philippe Massoud, owner and executive chef of New York’s Ilili, often talks about creativity born out of necessity., activity that makes up for the absences. Ilili is celebrating its 15th anniversary, an unlikely success for a restaurant that opened shortly before the 2008 recession to a wave of bad press, according to Massoud, and recently …

In downtown Beirut, empty buildings are covered with representations of more than 200 faces. These are the faces of the lives lost on August 4, 2020, when a neglected stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of Beirut ripped through metal and flesh, taking over 200 livesleaving more 6000 people injured and more than …

Since the 2013 announcement of China’s historic “Belt and Road” initiative, several countries in the region, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, have raised the issue of moving east to to benefit from this massive initiative, which should break the vicious circle of crises in which these countries have been plunged for decades. The Chinese initiative …

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative former prosecutor and foreign policy neophyte, was elected president of South Korea in a victory that should herald a desire to seek a stronger alliance with states. United States and take a tougher line on North …

A view of the Central Bank of Lebanon building in Beirut, Lebanon April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIRUT, March 9 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s central bank has asked commercial banks to provide the names of politicians who failed to comply with a circular ordering them to repatriate …

One of the many emotions that overwhelmed Darine Dandachly, a full-time activist, as Lebanon was in the wake of a massive uprising against the government in 2019 was fear. She was afraid that the movement would stop at any moment. Along with her fellow organizers and activists, she was continually concerned about maintaining the momentum …

In conservative MENA, women are finding a niche in activewear From Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, women-led businesses are springing up Economic hazards, the pandemic tests fledgling businesses BEIRUT, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nathaly Daou weaves through an underground fabric store in Beirut, pulling rolls of neon lycra and patterned polyester before settling on …

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and JONATHAN MATTISE – Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee resigned Monday shortly after court documents were unsealed revealing she faces a federal wire fraud charge involving a disgraced former state House speaker . Representative Robin Smith’s legal team also reached a plea deal with prosecutors, according …

Russian tanks and missiles besieging Ukraine also threaten the food supply and livelihoods of people in Europe, Africa and Asia who depend on the vast fertile agricultural lands of the Black Sea region, known as the “breadbasket of the world”. Ukrainian farmers have been forced to neglect their fields as millions flee, fight or try …

By Yuras Karmanau – Associated Press LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that Ukraine’s statehood was under threat and likened Western sanctions against Russia to a “declaration of war,” while a ceasefire the promised fire in the port city of Mariupol collapsed amid scenes of terror in the besieged city. As …

Japanese auto giant Nissan Motor, one of Middle Tennessee’s largest employers, has seen one of its former US executives convicted and now cleared of most charges in Tokyo District Court. Greg Kelly was arrested in November 2018 along with former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Ghosn headed the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, and Kelly was accused of underreporting …

People who follow events in Lebanon clearly understand that the alliances between corrupt political parties and the Hezbollah militia are the reason for the country’s unrest. This system, which covered Hezbollah’s weapons and terrorist activity in Syria and Yemen, supported the militia in order to leverage its power, and managed to rob the Lebanese people …

It is sometimes hard to believe that we are in the 21st century when outdated laws are still applied in Lebanon. As politics interferes with women’s rights to the citizenship of their children, as archaic sexist mentalities prevail in society, and as gender discrimination continues in sectarian courts, it is staggering that civil laws impose …

The peoples of the South are aware of “the responsibility of Hezbollah for having left the state suspended and the interests of Lebanese women and men marginalized in favor of its interests and commitments”. This sentence is not taken from an internal meeting behind closed doors but came at the beginning of a political statement …

TRENTON, NJ (AP) — New Jersey’s credit score improved for the first time in nearly two decades on Wednesday. The upgrade means borrowing costs could become more affordable for the state. It’s also a longtime goal of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. Moody’s Investor Service said the state’s rating was downgraded from A3 to A2, saying …

By MICHAEL TARM and JOHN O’CONNOR – Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Madigan, the former speaker of the Illinois House and for decades one of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers, was charged Wednesday with a nearly $3 million racketeering and bribery scheme dollars, becoming the most high-profile politician swept up in a federal investigation …

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, U.S., April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIRUT, March 2 (Reuters) – An International Monetary Fund delegation could visit Lebanon in the second half of March to …

Monarch Title CEO David Bravo, Jr. Named Emerging Latino Entrepreneur by NAHREP Monarch Title Founder Sam Rafeh Congratulates CEO David Bravo, Jr. on Recognition by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Honors Monarch Title Company CEO David Bravo, Jr. as Title Insurance Industry Leader I owe …

By WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER – Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas voters will kick off the midterm campaign season with primaries that will test just how far right the Republican Party will change in a state where many GOP members have already tightened their grip on former President Donald Trump. Outgoing …