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Macron to Lebanese leaders: reform swiftly or face consequences

Macron to Lebanese leaders: reform swiftly or face consequences

Published 01/09/2020

BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday gave Lebanese politicians until the end of October to start delivering on reforms, saying financial aid [more…]

Macron marks Lebanon’s centenary as nation teeters on brink

Macron marks Lebanon’s centenary as nation teeters on brink

Published 01/09/2020

BEIRUT (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron marked Lebanon’s centenary on Tuesday by planting a cedar tree, the emblem of the Middle East country that [more…]

Lebanese foreign minister quits over lack of reform as crisis spirals

Lebanese foreign minister quits over lack of reform as crisis spirals

Published 03/08/2020

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti resigned on Monday, blaming a lack of political will to enact reforms to halt a financial meltdown [more…]

Full ceasefire takes effect in eastern Ukraine

Full ceasefire takes effect in eastern Ukraine

Published 27/07/2020

KYIV (Reuters) - A full and comprehensive ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists has entered into force in eastern Ukraine, opening the prospect [more…]

Hezbollah: Lebanese government rescue plan marks ‘big step’ forward

Hezbollah: Lebanese government rescue plan marks ‘big step’ forward

Published 04/05/2020

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah’s leader hailed the Lebanese government’s crisis plan as a “big, important step” on Monday and said any talks with the IMF [more…]

Trump hails death of ‘depraved’ Islamic State leader Baghdadi in U.S. raid

Trump hails death of ‘depraved’ Islamic State leader Baghdadi in U.S. raid

Published 27/10/2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying” in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, President [more…]

Trump suggestion of taking Syrian oil draws rebukes

Trump suggestion of taking Syrian oil draws rebukes

Published 27/10/2019

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion on Sunday that Exxon Mobil or another U.S. oil company operate Syrian oil fields drew rebukes from legal [more…]

Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi’s death

Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi’s death

Published 27/10/2019

(Reuters) - The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once [more…]

Timeline: Anatomy of a raid – how the United States took out Baghdadi

Timeline: Anatomy of a raid – how the United States took out Baghdadi

Published 27/10/2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of violent jihadist group Islamic State, died during an overnight [more…]

Saudi crown prince warns of escalation with Iran, says he prefers political solution

Saudi crown prince warns of escalation with Iran, says he prefers political solution

Published 30/09/2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince warned in an interview broadcast on Sunday that oil prices could spike to “unimaginably high numbers” if the [more…]