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EU to help train Lebanon’s security forces

­ The EU signed a 15 million euro ($16,778,588) financing agreement for the training of Lebanon’s security forces Wednesday, in a dedicated effort to bolster the country’s fragile stability. The programs will be specifically designed to help security forces control the troubled eastern border, improve coordination and respond to the threat of chemical and biological weapons. Johannes Hahn, commissioner for ...

France to study nuclear feasibility for Saudi Arabia

­ France said Wednesday it would look into building two nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia as part of a multibillion-euro package of deals, days before the deadline of nuclear talks with the kingdom’s rival, Iran. A feasibility study will be carried out to build two European Pressurized Reactors in Saudi Arabia, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced after a meeting ...

Kurds want rebels to lead Raqqa attack

A Kurdish militia leading an attack on ISIS strongholds in Syria so far has no plan to extend the assault to the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa city, and such an advance should be led by Syrian rebels, a Kurdish leader said Wednesday. The comments by Saleh Muslim, leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), indicated there is no ...

Israel and Palestine may have committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law in Gaza

U.N. investigators said on Monday that Israel and Palestinian militant groups committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes. They called on all sides to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has opened a separate preliminary investigation. The Palestinian Authority is expected to make its first formal submission ...

Australia’s terrorists, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, killed in Iraq

The Federal Government is working to confirm reports that Australia’s most infamous terrorists, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, have been killed while fighting with Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. A person close to one of the men’s families told the ABC’s 7.30 program the pair died in fighting in the city of Mosul. Another source close to the families said ...

Barack Obama: We’re going to completely change our gun laws

US President Barack Obama has again pointed to Australia’s swiftly introduced, post-Port Arthur massacre gun laws as an example for America. Mourning last week’s gunning down of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, and frustrated by a Congress he describes as in the lobbying grip of the National Rifle Association, the president said the US public needs to be more ...

Iran lawmakers curtail own power to veto nuclear deal

Iran’s parliament curtailed its own power to block a nuclear deal with world powers Sunday, effectively removing a long-standing threat that a final accord could be torn up by lawmakers. But the proposed legislation also bans inspections of nuclear sites that go beyond “conventional” visits, which could complicate progress on the negotiations with leading world powers. A draft bill presented ...

Fears rise after ISIS plants mines at Palmyra’s ancient ruins

ISIS militants have mined the spectacular ancient ruins in Syria’s Palmyra, an antiquities official and monitor said Sunday, prompting fears for the UNESCO World Heritage site. The reports came one month after the extremist group overran the central Syrian city, known as Tadmur, and as government airstrikes were blamed for the death of at least 11 civilians over the weekend. ...

France warns of explosion if no Mideast peace

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Sunday of an “explosion” in the absence of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, after Paris said it would propose a U.N. resolution to set a framework for negotiations. The Palestinians have welcomed the initiative, hoping the international community will assume a greater role in resolving the conflict after more than two decades of failed U.S.-led peace ...

Five ISF members arrested for torture

Five members of the Internal Security Forces are under arrest after videos surfaced showing them severely beating prisoners held in Lebanon’s notorious Roumieh prison as the interior minister vowed to prosecute aggressors. “I assume full responsibility for what occurred,” Nouhad Machnouk told reporters during a news conference Sunday. The videos, published on social media sites over the weekend, show ISF ...