United States urges Lebanon to disassociate itself from Hezbollah terrorist group

U.S. 09/24/19, 13:34

A senior U.S. official urged Lebanon to restrict its relations with the terrorist group Hezbollah in a Sept. 23 meeting with Lebanese officials in Beirut, Lebanon. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary Marshall Billingslea met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and other senior government and banking officials, to whom he explained the ...

US Punishes Lebanese Bank for Links to Hezbollah

Africa 08/30/19, 14:58

The United States sanctioned a Lebanese bank on Thursday for facilitating the financial activities of the terrorist group Hezbollah. The Treasury Department accused the Jammal Trust Bank, and its subsidiaries, of "brazenly enabling" the financial activities of the organization that operates in Lebanon and has links with Iran. Through an official statement, ...

Mixed verdict reached in Penn State frat-fall death case

U.S. 05/30/19, 17:07

The former house manager of a Penn State fraternity where a pledge fell during a night of hazing and drinking and later died was convicted of hindering apprehension Thursday but acquitted of evidence tampering and obstruction.The Centre Daily Times reported a jury deliberated about five hours before issuing the verdict ...

Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions

Health 05/18/19, 13:07

Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency.Jamil Jabak told The Associated Press that although he is not a member, ...

Iran’s regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 02:07

In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not ...

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

Asia & Pacific 04/16/19, 06:55

Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities. Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas begin forming ...

Explains: Long reach of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Asia & Pacific 04/08/19, 14:13

Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's allies in the Mideast, from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq. The ...

Judge imposes first jail terms in Penn St. frat death case

U.S. 04/03/19, 08:45

A judge is issuing jail sentences to three former Penn State fraternity members in the 2017 death of a pledge, the first defendants to face the prospect of incarceration in a case that rewrote Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law.A Centre County judge sentenced four former Beta Theta Pi members Tuesday for hazing ...

Lebanese president to meet Putin in Moscow

Europe 03/26/19, 04:29

Lebanese President Michel Aoun is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to help get Syrian refugees back home.Aoun arrived in Moscow on Monday and is expected to sit down for talks with Putin at the Kremlin later on Tuesday.Lebanon has taken in over 1 million refugees from neighboring Syria, which ...

US hits Iran with new sanctions while Pompeo visits Lebanon

Politics 03/22/19, 09:07

The Trump administration is hitting Iran with new sanctions while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denouncing Iran's growing influence on a visit to Lebanon. The Treasury Department says the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies involved in the country's nuclear and missile research and development programs. They are ...

From Israel, Pompeo arrives in Beirut for two-day meetings

Asia & Pacific 03/22/19, 04:11

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Lebanon, the last leg of a Mideast tour that took him to Kuwait and Israel.Pompeo is scheduled to meet with a host of Lebanese officials, including allies of the Iran-backed Hezbollah during the two-day visit, his first as secretary of state.Pompeo ...

UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

World 02/25/19, 11:56

The British government said Monday it plans to ban Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East.A draft order laid in the U.K. Parliament will ban Hezbollah and two other groups. Subject to Parliament's approval, the order will go into effect on Friday and ...

UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute

Asia & Pacific 02/13/19, 11:33

The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen Iranian assets. The U.S. Supreme Court awarded the money to victims of a 1983 bombing in ...

Lebanese PM calls on Italy to increase investment in Lebanon

Europe 02/07/19, 07:53

Lebanon's prime minister urged his Italian counterpart on Thursday to have Italian companies invest in his country as it grapples with deepening economic challenges."The coming period in Lebanon is a period of work ... with many investment opportunities," Saad Hariri told visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.Conte is the first ...

Lebanon’s new Cabinet vows to face economic challenges

Asia & Pacific 02/02/19, 10:51

Lebanon's new Cabinet held its first meeting Saturday and the country's leaders vowed to deal swiftly with the political and economic challenges the country faces, while playing down the militant Hezbollah group's takeover of the health ministry.The comments came a day after Washington expressed concerns about Hezbollah naming a health ...

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