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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 21, 2017 08:38 PM
"Mr Hariri stopped off briefly in Egypt and Cyprus on his way back to Beirut on Tuesday. While in France, Mr Hariri vowed to return to Lebanon to take part in independence celebrations on Wednesday, adding: "It is there that I will make known my position... after meeting President Aoun." Mr Hariri abruptly announced he was resigning during a trip to Saudi Arabia on 4 November."

Sale of migrants in Libya 'slave markets' sparks global outcry | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 20, 2017 05:43 PM
"Protesters gathered outside the Libyan embassies in Paris and in African capitals including Bamako, Mali and Conakry, Guinea over the weekend and on Monday, according to local news reports. A protest is planned in London later this week. ... Six years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still a lawless state where armed groups compete for land and resources and people-smuggling networks operate with impunity."

Saudi Arabia Gathers Allies Against Iran 'Terror,' but Lebanon, Iraq and Syria Don't Show | Newsweek

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 20, 2017 05:31 PM
"In a statement attributed to Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoub, Baghdad said Monday the parts of the Arab League resolution that referred to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization were "inconsistent with the clear and absolute Iraqi position in defining terrorism realistically and accurately." ... Following Sunday's Arab League session, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah thanked the Lebanese government Monday for its position and rhetorically asked the foreign ministers who opposed his organization what they contributed to the fight against ISIS. ... Saudi Arabia, along with the West and Turkey, was a leading sponsor of insurgent groups attempting to topple Assad"
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