Home affairs minister Karen Andrews updates terror list, making membership of either group a crime The Australian government will list the neo-Nazi group The Base as a terrorist organisation, together with the entirety of the Lebanese Shia political party and militant group Hezbollah. The home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, announced the plan to designate the twoContinue reading “Australia lists neo-Nazi group The Base and Hezbollah as terrorist organisations”
Meeting in Sochi marks first in-person talks between the two world leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the pair’s first in-person meeting, with talks focused on Iran and the situation in Syria. Welcoming Bennett at the start of their meeting on Friday in Russia’s Black Sea resortContinue reading “Syria, Iran on agenda as Putin hosts Israel’s new PM in Russia”
Aoun, Hezbollah diverge over port blast probe Geagea wins Christian sympathy over Beirut violence-analysts Christian seats are main battleground in 2022 vote Worsening sectarian tensions in Lebanon are testing an alliance between Shi’ite Hezbollah and its Christian ally President Michel Aoun, who may lose ground to their rivals as they step up opposition to theContinue reading “Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance”
Armed clashes have broken out in Beirut during a protest, people were seen protesting against the lead judge who was investigating the last year’s massive blast in the city’s port.
Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis. A government official told Reuters news agency the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage. The power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to restartContinue reading “Lebanon left without power as grid shuts down”
Hezbollah claims responsibility for rocket fire a day after Israeli air raids amid an escalation of cross-border hostilities. The Lebanese group, Hezbollah, has said it fired rockets at open ground near Israeli positions in response to Israeli air raids on southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory Israeli strikes. In a statement on Friday, Hezbollah said it hadContinue reading “Hezbollah launches rocket fire in response to Israeli air raids”
Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi easily won Friday’s presidential election in Iran, recording 62% of the vote with more than 90% of ballots counted. Why it matters: Currently the head of Iran’s judiciary, Raisi is a close confidant of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and has the support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). His victory solidifies himContinue reading “Conservative cleric Raisi elected Iran’s president”
A prominent Lebanese activist and publisher who was known for his public criticism of the militant group Hezbollah was found dead in his car on Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press. Lokman Slim, 58, was a Shiite political activist and researcher. After being reported missing for hours since Wednesday evening, Slim’s body was discovered in the passenger seatContinue reading “Lebanese activist who spoke out against Hezbollah found dead in car”