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BOU SAAB Welocmes KUBIS, Says Military Makes Decisions in Public's Best Interest

RAHI Talks Current Developments with Rampling

HARIRI From Baabda Says Consulted Over Cabinet Formation with AOUN

RUSSIA Says 2,000 Relatives of Middle East Militants Pose Security Threat

China, US agree tariff rollback in Phase 1

Trump ordered to pay $US2 mln over charity

Senior US envoy slams Syria withdrawal

NATO is 'brain dead', France's Macron says




BOU SAAB Welocmes KUBIS, Says Military Makes Decisions in Public's Best Interest

07 Nov 2019

Lebanon - Caretaker Minister of National Defense, Elias Bou Saab, on Thursday welcomed UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Jan Kubis, who praised the Lebanese army's outstanding performance at this critical juncture, and the fact that it was able to open roads without violence.

In turn, the Defense Minister pointed out that the army had opened roads "just in time" to avoid an internal explosion among the citizens and demonstrators themselves.

"The military is making decisions that fall in country's best public interest," he added.

During the meeting, the pair discussed the Security Council's report on UNIFIL's work in Lebanon and on Lebanon's commitment to international resolutions.

Furthermore, the crucial economic and financial situation in Lebanon featured high on discussions between the pair, who saw eye-to-eye on the need to swiftly take all the necessary measures to overcome this stage.

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RAHI Talks Current Developments with Rampling

07 Nov 2019

Lebanon - Maronite Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi on Thursday received in Bkerke British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, with whom he discussed current developments.

Ambassador Rampling hailed Patriarch Rahi's national positions at this delicate stage in Lebanon.

The British Ambassador underlined the importance of the role of the Patriarch and spiritual leaders in uniting parties together and bringing viewpoints closer, pointing out that he is conducting a tour among spiritual leaders in this framework.

Rampling said his Country continues to work for Lebanon's stability and interests.

He also hoped that a new government would be formed quickly and would be efficient and capable of addressing all challenges.

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HARIRI From Baabda Says Consulted Over Cabinet Formation with AOUN

07 Nov 2019

Lebanon - Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, on Thursday said after meeting with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace, "I have visited His Excellency the President to consult with him on the issue of government formation, and we will complete consultations with other parties later."

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RUSSIA Says 2,000 Relatives of Middle East Militants Pose Security Threat

07 Nov 2019

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service has identified 2,000 Russian nationals who are relatives of militants in the Middle East and could try to return to Russia, posing a terrorist threat, the FSB's head said on Thursday, the state-run RIA news agency reported.

FSB director Alexander Bortnikov's comments come weeks after an estimated 50 Russian women disappeared after fleeing from a prison camp for the wives and children of Islamic State fighters in northern Syria.

Bortnikov said such people try to reach Russia after leaving conflict areas in the Middle East via humanitarian corridors.--Reuters

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China, US agree tariff rollback in Phase 1

Reuters

November 8, 2019

China and the United States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each others' goods in a "phase one" trade deal if it is completed, officials from both sides say.

But Thursday's announcement has sparked division among some advisers to President Donald Trump.

The Chinese commerce ministry, without laying out a timetable, said the two countries had agreed to cancel the tariffs in phases.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the rollback would be part of the first phase of a trade agreement that is still being put to paper for Trump and President Xi Jinping to sign.

That pact could still fall apart. US officials said a lot of work remained to be done when Trump announced the outlines of an interim deal last month.

Trump has used tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods as his primary weapon in the protracted trade war between the world's two largest economies.

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Trump ordered to pay $US2 mln over charity

Reuters

November 8, 2019

A New York state judge has ordered US President Donald Trump to pay $US2 million ($A2.9 million) for misusing his namesake charitable foundation, which resulted in funds being used to advance his 2016 presidential campaign.

Justice Saliann Scarpulla, of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, directed the payment to eight non-profits.

The decision is in connection to a lawsuit by the state's attorney general against the president and three of his adult children over the now-dissolved Donald J. Trump Foundation.

The White House had no immediate comment, but Trump accused New York state's attorney general of "deliberately mischaracterising" the settlement in a statement on Twitter.

"The New York Attorney General is deliberately mischaracterising this settlement for political purposes," he tweeted.

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Senior US envoy slams Syria withdrawal

November 8, 2019

A senior State Department envoy has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria, warning of war crimes and ethnic cleansing as a consequence.

Two officials familiar with the matter said the internal memo by William Roebuck, the top American diplomat in northern Syria, takes the administration to task for not doing enough to prevent Turkey's invasion of the region and protect US-allied Kurdish fighters there.

Turkey invaded days after President Donald Trump ordered the small number of US special forces in the area to leave, ostensibly so they would not be caught in a crossfire between the Turks and Kurds.

One of the officials described the memo, which was obtained and first revealed by The New York Times, as "lengthy and harsh", but the pair were not authorised to discuss internal documents publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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NATO is 'brain dead', France's Macron says

Reuters

November 8, 2019

The French president has warned fellow European countries that NATO is dying because of American unpredictability under US President Donald Trump, a view quickly rejected by Germany.

In an interview with British weekly The Economist, Emmanuel Macron expressed doubt about US-led NATO's security maxim that an attack on one ally is an attack on all, which has underpinned transatlantic ties since the alliance's 1949 foundation.

"What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO," Macron said.

Asked whether he still believed in the Article Five collective defence guarantee of NATO's treaty, Macron answered "I don't know", although he said the US would remain an ally.


 














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