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March in demand of changing nationality law sets out from Interior Ministry to Riad ElSolh

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Marking Women's Month and Mother's Day which falls on March 21, the "My Nationality, My Dignity" Campaign organized a march on Sunday in demand for changing the nationality law in Lebanon. Hundreds of Lebanese women and children and civil society representatives took part in the march that set out this afternoon from the Ministry of the Interior to Riad El-Solh Square in Central Beirut. "We can no longer afford to wait...We have waited until the election of the President and the Parliament Council and the formation of the new government...and while we were waiting, there were hundreds of mothers and their children who were dying every day physically, mentally and morally," said Mustapha Chaar, Head of the Campaign.He stressed "the need to work on the implementation of the document of human...

Eight Years of Syrian War Leaves Loss, Some Hope

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BAGHOUZ, SYRIA, War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people.What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left a trail of broken lives among the country's pre-war population of 23 million. Now half are displaced, nearly half a million dead and many live with permanent scars or have joined militias.'Every citizen has paid the price'The years of war have left their mark on Dia Hassakeh's 45-year old face. The Arab fighter in the Kurdish-led U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has seen his family suffer on the conflict's many fronts.In the early days, two of his brothers were wounded fighting in the gover...

Two gold, one silver, one bronze medal for Lebanon at the Special World Olympics in Abu Dhabi

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Lebanon reaped victory in its second participation day in the Special World Olympics "Abu Dhabi 2019" games by winning two gold medals in table tennis and swimming, in addition to a silver medal in skateboarding and a bronze medal in swimming. Lebanon had crowned its first day at the Special Olymics with a gold medal in cross-country skiing and two bronze medals. Additionally, Lebanon is expected to win three silver medals in table tennis, which might turn into gold in a match for its players on Sunday.Source: National news Agency

Interpol ordered the arrest of / 20 / Saudis accused of involvement in Khashoggi’s murder

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BAGHDAD, The International Criminal Police (Interpol) issued international arrest warrants against /20 / Saudi persons suspected of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including members of the Saudi security team accused of assassinating him. The Interpol issued the arrest warrants at the request of the Turkish Justice Ministry, which had previously received relevant requests from the international police in November and December, Turkish daily Daily Sabah reported.Turkish President RecepTayyipErdogan announced last month Ankara's intention to transfer the case of Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to the International Tribunal.Erdogan accused the CIA at the time of not doing all the necessary efforts to investigate the case.Source: National Iraqi Ne...

Donors Pledge $7B in Aid for Syria, Refugees

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BRUSSELS, International donors have pledged around $7 billion in aid for Syria and refugees who fled the conflict-ravaged country, the European Union announced Thursday, as the civil war enters its ninth year.But it was unclear how and when the money would be made available to those in need.EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides said the donors made a collective pledge of almost $7 billion for 2019, short of the $8 billion that the United Nations had hoped to raise for humanitarian aid inside Syria and for refugees living in difficult conditions in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, as well as Egypt.Now is the time to move fast, to translate these pledges into action on the ground, to make the most out of this funding in an effective and transparent way, in the be...

Hariri meets with Sabah Politics AlKhaled, AlJubeir, Hahn, Grandi, and Chakrabarti

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The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri held today a number of meetings on the sidelines of his participation in the "Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels III conference". Hariri met with the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, in the presence of the Minister of Social Affairs Richard Kouyoumjian, the Head of the EU delegation to Lebanon Ambassador Christina Lassen and former Minister Ghattas Khoury. He also held talks with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Suma Chakrabarti. Hariri also met with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. He then received the Kuwaiti Deputy-Prime Mi...

Islamic State Strikes Back in Last Stand at Baghuz

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Islamic State fighters launched new counterattacks against U.S.-backed forces Wednesday, as the militants clung to the terror group's last scrap of territory in northeastern Syria.An unknown number of IS fighters have been hiding in a small area by the town of Baghuz covered now by bullet-ravaged campsites and broken buildings. But officials with both the United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have been taking cover from airstrikes and artillery fire in a complex system of caves and tunnels below ground."Daesh (IS) carried out two counterattacks with heavy weapons, snipers, VBIED's [vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices] and suicide bombers," Zana Amedi, a media official with the Kurdish YPG militia, which has been supporting the SDF, tweeted Wednesday."They're taking...

A number of people accused of terrorism, drugs and kidnapping arrested in different parts of Baghdad

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Baghdad, The security forces in the Baghdad Operations Command announced the arrest of a number of people accused of crimes of terrorism, drugs and kidnapping in different parts of Baghdad."A force from the 6th division arrested a suspect of terrorism in Al-Suqour checkpoint, while a force from the second Presidential brigade apprehended an accused of drug dealer in the Dora, Al-Jam'iya district. A second division of the police, federal police arrested a number of people accused of trading and using drugs in the area of Jokouk , and seized with them narcotics and drugs, various weapons and forged military and civilian identities. ""A joint security force of the federal army and police arrested two suspects in the kidnapping in the areas of Sadr City and Sarah's Camp.Source: National Iraqi ...

Future bloc convenes at Center House to discuss political developments

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Future bloc on Tuesday convened at the Center House under the chairmanship of MP Bahia Hariri, to discuss most recent political developments on the local arena. In a statement issued in the wake of the meeting and read out by MP Nazih Najem, the bloc reiterated the need to protect the government's program for economic advancement and to dissociate it from narrow political and partisan agendas. The bloc underlined that "the administrative, financial and sectoral reforms adopted by the government in its ministerial statement, constitute the real and proper gateway to halt squandering, fight corruption and prevent encroachment on public funds," the statement read. The bloc hailed the outcome of the visit of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Saudi Arabia and his meeting with the Custodian of the T...

Turkish-Russian Military Cooperation Deepens Amid US-Turkish Tensions

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ISTANBUL, Russian and Turkish military cooperation is deepening as Ankara's relationship with Washington deteriorates. Recent joint naval exercises between Russia and Turkey, and increasing military cooperation in Syria, come as NATO allies question Turkey's allegiance to the Western defense alliance.A joint naval drill last Friday was part of a broader Turkish national military exercise. While the drills involved only a few ships, analysts have described its political implications as far more significant."The realization of the Russian-Turkish common military exercises is a message both for the West and for the region of the Middle East that two sides cooperate," said Zaur Gasimov, an Istanbul-based analyst for the Max Weber Foundation.The choice of the Black Sea for the joint exercise al...