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VINCE RADIATOR GAFFEVince Cable in bizarre diplomatic row with Lebanon after he compared Theresa May to a Beirut hostage

VINCE CABLE was today embroiled in a bizarre diplomatic spat after a Lebanese MP said he was wrong to compare Theresa May to a Beirut hostage. The Lib Dem leader said the Prime Minister was “like being handcuffed to a radiator in the basement of a flat in Beirut and she is at the mercy of other people” because of ...

‘A vigilant eye’: UN troops in Lebanon see no appetite for war

If the Lebanese-Israeli conflict were a football match, UNIFIL peacekeepers would not be the referee. “The UN is the referee,” Italian Major Vincenzo D’Anna told Middle East Eye, on a coastal hill a few hundred metres from the Blue Line. “We just say, this happened; and you decide. We report everything. We are totally impartial and neutral.” The Blue Line ...

Syian Children in Lebanon Toil to Feed Families

Child labor in Lebanon was already a deep-seated problem before an influx of Syrian refugees made it worse. Now, as humanitarian funds dry up, there are fears the practice could become even more widespread – and with families are dependent on the income children generate, there are no easy solutions. However, NGOs are working on the ground to re-integrate children ...

PHOTOS | Multiple tombstones damaged after car crashes into Lebanon cemetery

LEBANON, Ind. – A car knocked over several headstones during an early Tuesday morning crash in Lebanon. According to the Lebanon Fire Department, the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. at a cemetery located near State Road 47 and Elm Swamp Road/North 75 East. That’s just east of State Road 39. Investigators said the car went off the road and ended ...

Lebanon Passes Oil Tax Law Ahead of Energy-Rights Auction

Lebanon’s parliament approved a law to tax revenue from oil operations, weeks before its first sale of offshore energy exploration rights to interested companies like Total SAand Exxon Mobil Corp. Lawmakers approved the petroleum tax law in a vote on Tuesday, the state-run National News Agency reported. Energy minister Cesar Abi Khalil called on qualified companies to take the new tax law into consideration ...

Egypt’s Sisi on Qatar: It’s time to confront supporters of terrorism

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi who is in New York for the UN General Assembly session said the time has come to efficiently confront parties that support terrorism and get them to bear their responsibility. He specifically addressed Qatar and said it must respond to the four boycotting countries’ demands to show that it does not aim to harm Arab countries’ ...

Egypt says it will host ‘reorganization’ of Libyan army

Egypt said Tuesday it will host the “reorganization” of Libya’s army, currently an eastern-based force led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter. A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya said that Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the army. The group, chaired by Egypt’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud ...

‘Faustian bargain’: defence fears over Australian university’s $100m China partnership

world-first collaboration between the University of New South Wales and the Chinese government, celebrated as a $100m innovation partnership, opens a Pandora’s box of strategic and commercial risks for Australia, according to leading analysts. These include the potential loss of sensitive technology with military capability, an unhealthy reliance on Chinese capital and vulnerability to Beijing’s influence in Australia’s stretched research and ...

New $10 note enters circulation on Wednesday

AUSTRALIA’S new $10 note enters circulation from tomorrow, and the Reserve Bank is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year when consumers found some businesses and vending machines unable to accept the new $5 notes. The new note, which includes a top-to-bottom window, a patch with a rolling colour effect, fluorescent ink and raised tactile printing, retains the images ...

India-Australia series last with current laws

The limited overs series will be the last hurrah for big bats before the ICC’s pending law changes come into effect Australia’s limited-overs tour of India will not be affected by the new rules that change how international cricket is played and which come into force this month. An update to the way the Decision Review System operates, restrictions on ...

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