Lebanon urgently needs new government to avoid collapse: Hariri

BEIRUT - Lebanon needs to quickly form a new government to stop a cycle of collapse and worsening economic and security conditions, caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri said on Monday, after a weekend of violent confrontations shook the capital. Beirut this weekend saw the worst violence since protests against the country’s

Four protesters, two policemen killed as Iraq unrest resumes

BAGHDAD - Six Iraqis including two police officers were killed and scores were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces, medical and security sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed after a lull of several weeks. Three protesters succumbed to their wounds in a Baghdad hospital

Lebanon president to chair crisis talks over weekend violence

Beirut-Lebanon’s under-fire president is set to meet Monday with top security officials to discuss rare violence over the weekend that left hundreds wounded in the protest-hit country. Michel Aoun will be joined by the care-taker ministers of the interior and defense as well as the chiefs of the military and security

Iran has not ruled out talks to end nuclear dispute, says official

DUBAI - Iran said on Monday that it had not closed the “door to negotiations” in efforts to resolve a dispute over its nuclear agreement with world powers that has escalated steadily since the United States withdrew from the deal in 2018. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said any further move