Friday, October 15

Politics

US Urges Post-Election Lebanon to Uphold Regional Policy

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BEIRUT, The United States on Tuesday urged Lebanon to uphold a policy of staying out of regional wars and a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought Hezbollah's disarmament, after the Iran-backed group and its allies won more than half the seats in Sunday's election.The United States views Hezbollah as a terrorist group and is critical of its role in the Syrian conflict, but has given Lebanon substantial military support."As Lebanon looks ahead to forming a new government, we urge all parties to uphold Lebanon's international obligations, including those contained in U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701," the U.S. Embassy in Beirut said in a statement.The two resolutions relate to the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disarmament of all militias including He...

Albert Mansour says committed to backing Resistance

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Newly-elected lawmaker Albert Mansour on Tuesday maintained that he is committed to supporting the Resistance through, according to him, "the golden trinity" formed by the Resistance, people, and army. Mansour made these remarks during his meeting with a delegation of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. Conferees agreed to work within the same national bloc in order to reach common goals, such as the abolition of political sectarianism and a vote mode based on proportionality with Lebanon as a sole district.Source: National News Agency

Syria’s Kurds Put IS on Trial with Focus on Reconciliation

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QAMISHLI, SYRIA, The" Defense of the People" Court is an almost intimate place. Three judges, two men and a woman, sat behind a large desk. The defendant, a former Islamic State group fighter in Syria, faced them in a chair only a yard away, close enough for a conversation. A space heater in the center and mustard-colored couch and armchairs made the room even homier.The judges are Kurds, belonging to the U.S.-backed self-rule authority that the community has set up over much of the north and east of Syria. After defeating IS in battle, Syria's Kurds are now eager to show they can bring justice against the group's members. The emphasis is on leniency and reconciliation � in marked contrast to Iraq, where harsh and swift verdicts on IS suspects seem geared to vengeance.Under questioning, th...

Arab Information Standing Committee Starts session in Cairo

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Cairo,The Standing Committee for Arab Information started here today its 91st session chaired by the Chairman of the Committee and the General Supervisor of External Information at the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khalid bin Abdul Qader Al-Ghamdi to discuss the draft agenda of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers at its 9th session to be held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of the Kingdom.The meeting discusses the draft agenda including items on the Palestinian issue, media honor charter, updating of the current Arab media strategy, and formulating a new vision in line with developments in the Arab region and the world, notably the international media plan to counter the unilateral American decision to recognize Jeru...

Hakim Confirms His Full Commitment To The Directives Of The Religious Authority On The Elections

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Baghdad, The head of the National Alliance, Ammar al-Hakim affirmed his full commitment to the patriarchal directives of the supreme religious authority on the elections, urging the partners in the political process and the Iraqi people to abide by them.He also called on the partners in the political process and the Iraqi people to abide by the Friday sermon stressing the importance of non-exploitation of power and rejection of foreign intervention and warning against re-select those who are accused of wasting money, corruption and encroachment on the rights of voters. "Al-Hakim stressed the need to commit the religious authority directives to emphasizing the importance that the electoral lists to compete on economic programs, education and service away from slogans and media auctions. "So...