IMF begins visit as Lebanon grapples with financial crisis

BEIRUT - A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) met Lebanese government officials on Thursday at the start of a visit to advise on how to tackle the country’s crippling financial and economic crisis. The IMF has said its team will stay until Feb. 23 to provide broad technical advice.

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to talk Iran, economy and human rights

RIYADH - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to discuss regional security, namely Iran, after the U.S. killing last month of a top Iranian general pushed the oil-producing region closer to an all-out war. In meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

IMF experts meet Lebanese PM at start of visit

BEIRUT - A team of IMF experts met Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Thursday at the start of a visit to provide Lebanon with advice on tackling a deepening financial and economic crisis, an official Lebanese source said. The IMF has said the team will visit until Feb. 23 and provide

Turkey says its guarantees in Libya depend on durable ceasefire

ANKARA - Turkey’s guarantees in Libya are dependent on a truce between warring sides being upheld, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar was violating the ceasefire. Turkey backs Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and has signed a military cooperation agreement