A work by Aref El Rayess at the exhibition. Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility, is an exhibition at Gropius Bau, Berlin (March 25 – June 12). It revisits an exhilarating chapter of global modernism in Beirut, from the Lebanese crisis of 1958 to 1975, the year that …

April 28, 2022 Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging the administration to engage with Lebanon to ensure fairness and transparency in its next parliamentary session. May 15 elections. In light of the ongoing political, economic and health crises …

Mauritius supports the organization of Expo 2030 by Saudi Arabia because it is the best candidate: minister RIYADH: Mauritius will vote for Saudi Arabia to host Expo 2030 as it believes the Kingdom has the best capabilities among the candidate nations, according to the Mauritian minister in charge of foreign affairs, regional integration and international …

By YURI KAGEYAMA – AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks fell on Wednesday, echoing a broad decline on Wall Street and driven by concerns about how the war in Ukraine could drive up prices for oil and other commodities. Tokyo’s benchmark rose after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced measures to help poor families …

Lebanon was born as a house divided. Today, this division manifests itself in a conflict between an Iranian-backed “resistance camp” that is unilaterally waging war on behalf of the country, and a large part of the population yearning for normality. This weekend, elements of the latter convened a conference in Harissa to call on Lebanon …

After losing power for 24 hours in 2021, Lebanon continued to face severe power shortages due to years of poor infrastructure investment that led many people to rely on polluting diesel generators. for their food. The Lebanese population currently receives between one and two hours of electricity a day, and with ongoing political instability there …

Lebanon still seems to be at a crossroads. However, this time it is surely different. Two overlapping crises have made the present moment unique in Lebanon’s recent history. In this seminar, Bassel F. Salloukh from the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies shares his analysis. The first crisis concerns the post-war sectarian political system rooted …

By SYLVIE CORBET – Associated Press PARIS (AP) — In just five years as president of France, Emmanuel Macron has gone from a young political novice to a key global player and heavyweight decision-maker in the European Union who has been deeply involved in the efforts to end Russia’s war in Ukraine. And now he …

Visit to Lebanon: Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter (A/HRC/50/38/Add.1) [EN/AR] – Lebanon

human rights councilFiftieth sessionJune 13–July 8, 2022Agenda Item 3Promotion and protection of all human, civil,political, economic, social and cultural rights,including the right to development Summary Lebanon is plunged into one of the worst economic and financial crises in its history. The destruction of the national currency, exorbitant price increases and the collapse of the banking …

Islamabad: The collapse of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the Iran-Saudi dialogue could forge a new round of tensions for the two countries, said Dr. Hamid Reza Azizi, researcher at the German Institute of International Affairs and security. Dr Azizi was delivering a speech at a webinar on ‘Saudi Arabia-Iran standoff over …

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA – AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled on Wall Street on Friday, leaving the S&P 500 with its biggest one-day loss in nearly seven weeks, as concerns mount over soaring interest rates and efforts of the US central bank to fight inflation. Several disappointing corporate earnings …

RAMALLAH: The UN has expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, as clashes erupted again at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday. “We are deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and in Israel over the past month,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson …

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER – AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Jerome Powell isn’t as happy with the robust U.S. job market as you might think, and he and the Federal Reserve plan to do something about it: take it down a notch. On Thursday, Powell described the labor market as “extremely, historically” tight and …

Sri Lanka recorded the first victims of its spiraling economic crisis several days ago, with one protester dead and 24 others injured. It came from police firing shots at a crowd demanding the removal of a government they hold responsible for the country’s predicament. Now: Citizens cannot access essentials such as fuel, medicine and food, …

The Lebanese government declared bankruptcy following an economic recession that lasted more than two years. UPDATE April 21, 4:39 p.m.: Since the announcement of Lebanon’s bankruptcy, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, offers its support to Lebanon. For the first time in 30 …

CHICAGO: A leading Israeli journalist has launched a scathing attack on the Tel Aviv government for the manner in which police and soldiers brutalized civilians and journalists inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Haram Al -Sharif over the past week, and called for an investigation into their actions. Nir Hasson, who covers Jerusalem and …

A new report released by UNICEF on Wednesday shows that in Lebanon, maternal deaths have tripled and children’s health is at risk amid a severe economic crisis. By Vatican News reporter As a severe economic crisis continues to grip Lebanon, vulnerable people are suffering. Maternal deaths According to a new report released Wednesday by UNICEF, …

Unlike the rest of the region, Qatar has not recalled its ambassador to Lebanon. Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met with Qatar’s Ambassador to Beirut as well as other GCC envoys in the country as it aims to strengthen ties with countries in the region. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (MOFA), …

Eight Indiana school districts will ask voters to approve property tax measures next month. That includes two Indianapolis districts: Perry Township, which is seeking to renew a $154 million referendum, and Franklin Township, which is seeking $95 million to renovate its high school. This will be the second election in which school districts put referenda …

Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN) – Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati is due to visit Saudi Arabia within the next two weeks, a first trip by a Lebanese prime minister to the Arab powerhouse in nearly four years following a unprecedented breakdown of relations. The last visit was in 2018 by then-Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who …

A retired Lebanon County veterinarian makes another bid for a seat in Harrisburg. Calvin “Doc” Clements, 71, is running this time for the 48th Senate District seat currently held by Senator Chris Gebhard of North Cornwall Township. Because the two men are running unopposed in the May 17 primary, they are likely to face each …

Sweden hit by Muslim riots after threat to burn Quran Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Time Muslim riots have broken out in Sweden after a far-right politician threatened to burn the Koran (Koran). It is not the first time that riots have broken out over the desecration of the Koran and the …

Inflation in the United States rose 8.5% in March, compared with the previous 12 months, marking the largest increase since 1981, according to the Consumer Price Index from the Department of Labor. Between February and March, inflation rose 1.2%, the biggest month-over-month jump since 2005. According to several economists and other financial experts, strong consumer …

BEIRUT: A total of 155 candidates from different sects are running in the Lebanese legislative elections scheduled for May 15. The only Shiite candidate on the Hezbollah and Amal Movement lists is MP Inaya Ezzeddine. The remaining Shia candidates are trying to win seats previously won by the Shia duo. Choosing Ezzeddine to represent Speaker …

By ACACIA CORONADO and PAUL J. WEBER – Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The truck traffic jam at the U.S.-Mexico border finally began to erupt Thursday after nearly a week as Texas Governor Greg Abbott eased his latest dramatic action on immigration that has blocked some of the world’s busiest commercial ports and taken …

Bar Elias, Lebanon – A truck backs up with dozens of boxes of tomatoes, onions, carrots and peppers, and parks near a secluded makeshift kitchen at a small pool complex in Lebanon’s rural Bekaa Valley. Omar Abdullah of the Lebanese NGO Sawa for Development and Aid sighs as he reads the receipt. “Food items are …

fast news The blast killed one person in the town of Banaafoul, near the port city of Sidon, and demolished a two-storey municipal building and a scouting center for the Shiite Amal movement. Army personnel cordoned off the building as they searched through the rubble. (Reuters) An explosion destroyed a building in southern Lebanon, killing …

People pass a mother and her daughter begging in Beirut’s Hamra shopping street. Lebanon and the International Monetary Fund have reached an agreement in principle on comprehensive policies that could eventually pave the way for the release of billions of dollars in loans to the crisis-hit country. (AP File Photo/Hussein Malla) BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon …

Political crisis and economic pressure form a deadly cocktail. Sri Lanka and Lebanon provide an example of what can happen if impasse prevents a government from taking timely action to avert catastrophic collapse. Imagine a patient with high blood sugar levels. If said patient does not change course quickly and take the prescribed medications, complications …

By KATHY GANNON and MUNIR AHMED – Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s political opposition ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan in a no-confidence vote in parliament early Sunday after several political allies and a key party in his ruling coalition deserted him. The opposition, which spans the political spectrum from leftists to religious radicals, will …

BEIRUT: The Saudi and Kuwaiti ambassadors to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari and Abdul-Al Sulaiman Al-Qenaei, have returned to Beirut, arriving on Friday afternoon amid renewed hopes of a reset in diplomatic relations for the country besieged. They landed at Beirut airport less than 24 hours after the Kingdom and Kuwait announced their envoys would return to …

(Bloomberg) – In his first week back at work at Starbucks Corp., Howard Schultz made a series of moves that hint at big changes in store layouts, employee relations and marketing – and indicate that profit margins will be under pressure. Bloomberg’s Most Read The man credited with inventing Starbucks’ culture as a “third place” …

“I am here to implement an independent policy. There is no political interference in my regime, I have made that very clear to the authorities,” new governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said in a later press briefing. “I have the full support and blessing of the government, the opposition parties and, above all, the general public.” Weerasinghe’s …

By DAMIAN J. TROIS and STAN CHOE – AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended mostly lower after another day of drift around Friday, leaving the market with its first losing week in the past four. Gains by energy companies were offset by declines in technology stocks. The benchmark S&P 500 fell 0.3%, …

Relations have been strained since last year after a former minister criticized Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen. Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that it was sending an ambassador to Lebanon for the first time since a row erupted with Beirut last year over Riyadh’s military intervention in Yemen. The Foreign Ministry “announces the return of …

The force used by internal security and others was real. Barricades erected prevented access to parliament and violence was used to deter protesters. But the population decline was not there. The withdrawal has come the time Lebanon (support me here) was attacked. On two fronts. The first, the historical inertia that draws the majority of …

ELAINE KURTENBACH – AP Sales Writer BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks followed a retreat on Wall Street after details from last month’s Federal Reserve meeting showed the central bank planned to be aggressive in tackling inflation. The Fed’s comments added to investor unease over the war in Ukraine, coronavirus outbreaks in China and persistently high …

By ILAN BEN ZION – Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawmaker quit Israel’s ruling coalition on Wednesday after a dispute over religious observance during the Passover holiday, throwing the fragile alliance into disarray with no majority in parliament and raising the prospect of a new round of elections. Backbencher Idit Silman had recently objected …

Many today are angry with religion, or at least disappointed in it. Rightly perhaps, since so much violence is perpetrated in the name of God. In the MENA part of the world, anger and disappointment surfaced in the so-called “Arab Spring” protests that began towards the end of 2010, raging like a storm of new …

In 2022, LCRP partners continue to work together to monitor and analyze the impact of the current situation on all populations as well as the overall operating environment in Lebanon. This situation update consolidates this analysis and is used by LCRP partners at the national and field level to adapt existing interventions as needed and …

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN – Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday there was “total determination” by the 27 European Union countries for sanctions against Russia that could target oil and coal. on evidence that his troops deliberately killed Ukrainian civilians. Europe’s dependence on Russian oil, gas and coal …

By JAVIER CÓRDOBA – Associated Press SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — President-elect Rodrigo Chaves said Monday his second-round victory was a “revolution” by marginalized communities against Costa Rica’s elites. The conservative economist, who served briefly as finance minister in the outgoing administration of President Carlos Alvarado, had cast himself as the underdog in the …

TEHRAN – A professor of political science at the Lebanese University believes that the solutions to Lebanon’s economic problems must be political in the first place before any economic decision. “The solution must be political in the first place, and after the political solution, we can talk about the economic solution,” Laure Abi-Khalil told the …

By TOM KRISHER and KELVIN CHAN – AP Business Writers DETROIT (AP) — BMW has halted production at two German plants. Mercedes is slowing down work at its assembly plants. Volkswagen, warning of production stoppages, is looking for alternative sources for parts. For more than a year, the global auto industry has grappled with a …

DHAHRAN: Anas Bukhash was on stage at Ithra’s first Sync Summit wearing a traditional light-colored Emirati dishdasha and a big smile. In a sea of ​​suits, he was authentically himself. A well-known Emirati serial entrepreneur, who speaks seamless Arabic or English, he is a professional interviewer with one of the most beloved voices in the …

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began at sunrise Saturday in much of the Middle East, where an invasion from Russia or Ukraine has driven up food and energy prices, reported the PA. Driving the news: Muslim-majority countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, had announced that Ramadan, when many …

BEIRUT: As Ramadan approaches, Beirut and other cities lack the decorations that filled the streets for this occasion. Instead, photos of parliamentary candidates are plastered everywhere. Only a few modest banners are raised, reminding people to donate to charity during the holy month. Lebanon is grappling for the third year in a row with a …

BEIRUT: As Ramadan approaches, Beirut and other cities lack the decorations that filled the streets for this occasion. Instead, photos of parliamentary candidates are plastered everywhere. Only a few modest banners are raised, reminding people to donate to charity during the holy month. Lebanon is grappling for the third year in a row with a …

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 …