Friday, August 19

Politics

56 Vessels Cross Suez Canal Today

Politics
Cairo, About 56 ships transited the Suez Canal today with a total cargo of 3.5 million tons.The north-bound convoy included 30 ships laden with 700,000 tons while south-bound convoy included 26 vessels laden with 1.8 Million tons, according to a statement by the Suez Canal Authority.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Damascus: Israeli Strikes Indicate ‘New Phase of Aggression’ Against Syria

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According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Israel's latest move towards a "direct confrontation" indicates the start of a "new phase of aggression" against Syria, the SANA agency reported."This aggressive conduct by the Zionist entity [pejorative for the State of Israel] will lead to nothing but an increase in tensions in the region," Syrian news agency SANA cited an official in the ministry as saying.There was no immediate comment from Tehran.The Israeli airstrike on Syria allegedly killed at least 23 fighters, including five Syrian government troops and 18 other allied forces.Source: National News Agency

Geagea meets Emirati, Saudi Ambassadors

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Lebanese Forces leader, Samir Geagea, welcomed, at his Maarab residence on Wednesday, Emirati Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad al-Shamsi, and Charge d'Affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut Walid Bukhari."We came to congratulate Geagea on the victory his party scored in the legislative elections," Bukhari said following the meeting.He made no further comments.Source: National News Agency

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...