Middle East

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…]

Turkey detains senior Islamic State figure, minister says

Turkey detains senior Islamic State figure, minister says

Published 01/09/2020

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have arrested the Islamic State militant group’s top figure in Turkey, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday. Soylu said [more…]

Oil prices rise 1% as mood on dollar sours

Oil prices rise 1% as mood on dollar sours

Published 01/09/2020

MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices gained on Tuesday, reversing overnight losses, as investors moved into risk assets and stayed away from the safe-haven U.S. dollar [more…]

Algeria approves more measures to ease coronavirus lockdown

Algeria approves more measures to ease coronavirus lockdown

Published 31/08/2020

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian authorities said on Monday they will carry out further measures to ease a coronavirus lockdown from Sept. 1, including lifting a [more…]

Payment holiday parachute might COVID-proof government bonds, top fund says

Payment holiday parachute might COVID-proof government bonds, top fund says

Published 26/08/2020

LONDON (Reuters) - The option of a one-time payment holiday during times of intense crisis might enable countries to pandemic-proof their bonds, a prominent debt [more…]

Lebanon needs two-week lockdown after COVID-19 spike, health minister says

Lebanon needs two-week lockdown after COVID-19 spike, health minister says

Published 17/08/2020

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon should be locked down for two weeks after a spike in COVID-19 infections, the caretaker government’s health minister was quoted as [more…]

China grants country’s first COVID-19 vaccine patent to CanSino: state media

China grants country’s first COVID-19 vaccine patent to CanSino: state media

Published 17/08/2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s vaccine specialist CanSino Biologics Inc has won a patent approval from Beijing for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Ad5-nCOV, state media reported, [more…]

Take Five: Impasse!

Take Five: Impasse!

Published 17/08/2020

1/WALL STREET WATCHES WASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers negotiating a fresh dose of stimulus have reached an impasse. Trillions of dollars injected by the Federal Reserve and [more…]

Huawei lawyers say U.S. evidence ‘unreliable’ in Meng extradition case

Huawei lawyers say U.S. evidence ‘unreliable’ in Meng extradition case

Published 17/08/2020

(Reuters) - Evidence used by the United States to justify the extradition of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is “unreliable and defective” and [more…]