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 2020-10-26 13:49 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Third attempt at Karabakh ceasefire quickly collapses...

Stepanakert, Azerbaijan, Oct 26, 2020 (AFP) - A third attempt at halting weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh collapsed quickly on Monday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading accusations of violating the US-brokered ceasefire within minutes....

 2020-10-26 13:27 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage...

With eight days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days...

 2020-10-26 00:37 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon surpasses 70,000 virus cases amid new lockdowns...

Lebanon surpassed 70,000 COVID-19 cases Sunday, as the Interior Ministry ordered 63 towns and villages to go under further lockdown in order to curb the spread of the virus....

 2020-10-25 23:52 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hezbollah mobilizes reserves following large-scale Israeli military drill...

Hezbollah drafted in extra-reservists to the southern border Sunday after Israeli Army launched a large-scale military exercise simulating war with the paramilitary group, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star....

 2020-10-25 23:47 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon records 1400 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths...

Lebanon records 1400 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths...

 2020-10-25 23:28 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hopes rise for swift Cabinet formation...

The process of forming a Cabinet of specialists to deliver reforms has taken off to a positive start, raising hopes for the birth of the new government headed by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri soon, a political source familiar with the process said ...

 2020-10-25 23:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hezbollah condemns cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in French school...

Hezbollah released a statement Sunday condemning the use of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in a French classroom, just over a week after a teacher in Paris was beheaded for doing so in a terrorist attack outside his school....

 2020-10-25 23:07 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Arabs favor Biden over Trump in US election: poll...

Democratic nominee Joe Biden substantially leads his Republican opponent Donald Trump as the Arab world's preferred candidate in next month's US presidential candidate, an opinion poll indicated Sunday....

 2020-10-25 21:21 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Deadly fires break out across Lebanon amid funding shortages...

Deadly wildfires broke out across Lebanon Sunday killing at least one person, as authorities warned that a freak heatwave and strong winds have created extreme risks of fires in many areas across the country....

 2020-10-25 21:10 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Kuwait retail co-ops remove French products over Prophet cartoon...

Kuwait's retail co-ops have pulled French products in boycott over the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a French school class on freedom of expression whose teacher was then beheaded by an Islamist....

 2020-10-25 20:20 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Sudan says it will discuss trade, migration deals with Israel...

Sudan and Israel will discuss agreements to cooperate on trade and migration issues in the coming weeks, the Sudanese foreign ministry said on Sunday, signaling steps to implement a normalization pact after decades of hostilities....

 2020-10-25 20:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US COVID-19 cases soar as Pence's staff at White House test positive...

A new coronavirus outbreak at the White House involving Vice President Mike Pence's staff comes as the United States reported a near-record number of new cases on Saturday....

 2020-10-25 17:23 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Israeli cabinet approves Bahrain accord, parliament vote pending...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet on Sunday approved Israel's normalisation accord with Bahrain, which now awaits parliamentary ratification, a cabinet statement said....

 2020-10-25 17:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Palestinian dies after confrontation with Israeli troops...

An 18-year Palestinian died Sunday after a confrontation with Israeli troops, with the army saying it happened while trying to flee and Palestinian officials saying he had been beaten....

 2020-10-25 17:14 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Booby traps kill at least 14 civilians in Egypt's Sinai...

More than a dozen civilians, including women and children, were killed in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula over the past two weeks from explosive devices laid down in their homes by militants, security and medical officials said Sunday....

 2020-10-25 16:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Rai: Hariri must pull Lebanon out of 'state of misery'...

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai Sunday called upon Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to form a government that can pull Lebanon out of the state of misery...

 2020-10-25 16:19 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

New fighting flares over Nagorno-Karabakh as Aliyev warns against Russian involvement...

New fighting erupted between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces on Sunday over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh as both sides blamed each other for blocking a peaceful settlement to the conflict....

 2020-10-25 15:28 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Egyptians vote in second day of parliamentary elections...

Egyptians on Sunday trickled into polling stations on the second day of voting for the country's parliamentary election amid a slight uptick in daily recorded coronavirus cases....

 2020-10-25 15:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iraqis rally to relaunch year-old anti-government revolt...

Thousands of Iraqis headed Sunday to Baghdad's iconic Tahrir Square and its high-security Green Zone to mark the first anniversary of a protest movement against the country's stagnant political class....

 2020-10-25 14:44 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon faces 'tsunami' of critical virus cases, health advisor warns...

Lebanon is faced with a "tsunami" of critical COVID-19 cases and deaths, a top government advisor said....

 2020-10-25 13:40 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health...

France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude....

 2020-10-25 13:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Turkey extends controversial Mediterranean gas exploration...

Turkey announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece....

 2020-10-25 13:36 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Key Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan...

Afghan forces said they had killed a top Al-Qaeda militant wanted by the United States, as the death toll from a blast in the capital rose to 24 on Sunday....

 2020-10-25 13:15 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Beirut's bar owners defy coronavirus measures...

On Mar Mikhael's Armenia Street, once famed for its ability to buzz any day of the week, the scene is eerie. The area was one of the worst hit by the devastating Aug. 4 blast at Beirut Port, and subsequently, the bars and restaurants that defined the ...

 2020-10-25 00:34 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon confirms 1,427 coronavirus cases, three deaths...

Lebanon registered 1,427 coronavirus cases and three deaths Saturday, continuing the dangerous trend of high daily cases as the health sector faces challenges in the midst of many crises....

 2020-10-25 00:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon confirms 1,427 new coronavirus cases, three deaths...

Lebanon confirms 1,427 new coronavirus cases, three deaths...

 2020-10-24 22:50 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Boat parades, road rallies buoy Trump and his supporters...

When a flotilla of pontoon and fishing boats decked out with "Trump 2020" flags cruised past him this summer, Dale Fullenkamp got an idea....

 2020-10-24 22:30 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Trump votes in Florida a day after worst US Covid spike...

President Donald Trump voted in his adopted home of Florida before hitting the campaign trail for rallies in three swing states Saturday, joining more than 54 million Americans who have cast early ballots at a record-setting pace ahead of the Nov. 3 elect...

 2020-10-24 21:55 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Cabinet formation atmosphere positive: Hariri...

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, after a meeting with the president Saturday, said that the atmosphere surrounding the government formation was positive....

 2020-10-24 21:44 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Egypt's parliamentary vote likely to tighten leader's grip...

Egyptians began voting Saturday in the first stage of parliamentary elections, a vote that is highly likely to produce a toothless lower chamber packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi....

 2020-10-24 21:30 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Suicide bomber kills 13 near Afghan education center...

Kabul, Oct 24,A suicide bomber blew himself up near an education centre in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 30 others, the interior ministry said....

 2020-10-24 21:06 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Erdogan says Macron 'needs treatment' over attitude to Muslims...

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan launched a fresh attack on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, saying he needed mental treatment over his attitude towards Muslims and Islam....

 2020-10-24 20:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US State Department suspends all diversity training after Trump's directive...

The US State Department has suspended all training programs for employees related to diversity and inclusion, an internal cable obtained by Reuters showed, after President Donald Trump directed federal agencies last month to end programs deemed divisive b...

 2020-10-24 20:28 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

UNIFIL forces hit by 79 COVID-19 infections...

Another coronavirus cluster hit the United Nations Interim Forces in south Lebanon infecting 79 people...

 2020-10-24 19:59 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Head of Sudan's largest party slams recognizing Israel...

Sudan's former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi Saturday slammed an announcement by President Donald Trump that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel....

 2020-10-24 19:44 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hasan welcomes BDL decision to help hospitals...

The caretaker Health Minister Saturday welcomed decision by BDL which reassured hospitals that they would provide them with cash to help pay for imported medical supplies....

 2020-10-24 19:36 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business...

President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal....

 2020-10-24 19:09 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

No escaping from Wales: UK police to enforce travel ban...

A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections....

 2020-10-24 18:22 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Spain's regions urge government to impose state of emergency to allow curfews...

Spanish regions are urging the central government to take measures that would give them legal backing to impose curfews as the country battles a resurgent coronavirus epidemic....

 2020-10-24 18:12 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Istanbul mayor Imamoglu in hospital after positive coronavirus test...

Istanbul's mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said Saturday he has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus and suffering a fever....

 2020-10-24 17:19 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Poland's president tests positive for coronavirus: aide...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus, an aide said Saturday, as the EU country faces a record rise in cases and mass protests despite a ban on public gatherings intended to stem infections....

 2020-10-24 16:48 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Ethiopia says it will not cave to 'aggression' in dam dispute...

Ethiopia said Saturday that threats of any kind towards resolving a dispute with its neighbours over the filling and operation of a massive hydropower dam were "misguided, unproductive and clear violations of international law"....

 2020-10-24 16:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

South America ravaged by unprecedented drought and fires...

Under stress from a historic drought, large swathes of forest and wetlands in central South America known for their exceptional biodiversity have been ravaged by devastating fires....

 2020-10-24 16:27 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Bolivia's Arce pledges to "rebuild" as landslide election win confirmed...

Bolivia's President-elect Luis Arce pledged Friday to "rebuild" the Andean country after a tumultuous year of political turmoil and the pandemic, as the official vote count confirmed a landslide win for his socialist party....

 2020-10-24 16:07 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Iran says US-brokered Sudan-Israel deal secured by 'ransom'...

Iran's foreign ministry Saturday described a US-brokered Sudan-Israel deal to normalize ties as "phony" and accused Khartoum of paying a ransom in return for Washington removing it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism....

 2020-10-24 15:54 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

New clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh after Washington talks...

New clashes broke out between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh a day after talks in Washington to try to end the deadliest fighting in the mountain enclave in more than a quarter of a century....

 2020-10-24 15:42 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

US breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 84,000 new infections...

The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections Friday as it reported 84,218 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country, according to a Reuters tally....

 2020-10-24 15:26 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Trump says pandemic will end soon after Biden blasts his handling of crisis...

President Donald Trump promised supporters in Florida on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic would end soon and accused Democratic rival Joe Biden of overstating the health crisis to scare Americans into voting for him....

 2020-10-24 15:16 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Libyans voice hope, doubts over ceasefire deal...

Libyans have reacted with a mix of hope and scepticism after the signing of a nationwide ceasefire deal intended to pave the way towards a political solution to the country's grinding conflict....

 2020-10-24 00:32 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon confirms 1,534 coronavirus cases, seven deaths...

Lebanon confirmed 1,534 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths Friday, as the head of Rafik Hariri Hospital Dr. Firass Abiad warned that stern preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus needed to be taken before it was too late....

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