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Protests grow as Aoun, Hariri seek end to Lebanon impasse

BEIRUT: A Lebanese man demonstrating outside the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs in Beirut inflicted cuts on his body in protest against his “bad living situation.” The man, in his 60s, sat in front of security forces guarding the ministry offices as he made his protest. An employee at the ministry told Arab News that “it is not the first incident ...

Israeli Jets Fly over Lebanon in Rare Daytime Raid on Syria

DAMASCUS, SYRIA —  Israeli jets flying high over Lebanon struck at targets inside Syria on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, in a rare daytime raid that killed at least one person. Syria’s SANA state news agency said the country’s air defenses shot down five missiles, adding that one person was killed and 12 others were wounded. It reported strikes on ...

Louvre Abu Dhabi postpones display of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has indefinitely postponed the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, which has been the subject of intense speculation over its acquisition and authenticity. The United Arab Emirates capital’s department of culture and tourism, which was revealed as the owner of the work after an extraordinarily tense auction at Christie’s New York in November, ...

World Court weighs Britain’s claim to Chagos Islands

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Mauritius tried to persuade judges at the World Court on Monday to find that it was illegally stripped by Britain of another Indian Ocean archipelago, the Chagos Islands, now home to a major U.S. air base. The case at the International Court of Justice in the Hague is a test of whether colonial-era deals struck by ...

Australia’s political parties got $62m in ‘dark money’ donations last year

Hidden sources gave major political parties more than $62m in so-called dark money last financial year, a new report will show. Preliminary findings from a Grattan Institute report show the origins of a huge chunk of money being handed to political parties remain secret. The findings, first reported by the ABC, show about 30-40% of donations to political parties in the ...

Steve Bannon: Australia is on ‘frontlines’ of economic war with China

Australia is on the “frontlines” of an economic war with China, a “totalitarian mercantilist” regime that must be confronted, according to former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. In a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s Four Corners, Bannon also said that the populist surge that swept Donald Trump to the US presidency and delivered the vote for Brexit in the UK ...

‘Trump is checking out of Asia’: What Australia should do about it

Donald Trump is checking out of Asia. He’s cancelled a planned November trip to the continent’s two biggest annual summits. With them, he’s cancelled any prospect of a side trip to Australia. This just serves to confirm the impression from his various policy ventures into the region. His much-ballyhooed breakthrough meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was a breakthrough all ...

Embracing the past – Lebanese in South Africa Faces in the Forest by Cecile Yazbek

Sydney author, Cecile Yazbek was born into a Lebanese family in South Africa: her father, Joe Yazbek’s family was from Hadeth Beirut and her mother’s family, Haddad, was from Beit Meri. Their parents went to South Africa from Lebanon between 1894 and 1910. To this day, their descendants cook authentic Lebanese food using ancestral recipes. Lebanese-Arabic language remains in small ...

Brits flock back to Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt

British holidaymakers are flocking back to destinations that until recently were feared by many to be at risk of unrest or terrorism. The big winners are Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, although the two Arab countries have yet to recover their full potential, according to the latest findings from ForwardKeys and Gfk, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing booking transactions ...

This Made-in-Egypt Brand Is Bringing Its Super-Luxe, Affordable Basics to Soho

Walking into Kotn’s new store on Mercer Street in Manhattan, you might be struck with a surprising feeling: warmth. Sure, it’s been 90-plus degrees this week, but the clay accents, antique wood doors, fig trees, and hanging tapestries are also a rustic, inviting departure from the crowded streets and chilly designer shops down the block. The cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, and ...