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BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden made his entrance at the NATO summit aiming to consult European allies on efforts to counter provocative actions by China and Russia while highlighting the U.S. commitment to the 30-country alliance that was frequently maligned by predecessor Donald Trump.

The summit Monday comes as Biden tries to rally allies …

Profound Rebuilding Needed to Shore Up U.S. Democracy

Sunrise at Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Rachel Kleinfeld


American democracy has been deeply damaged by a president’s refusal to concede power and his supporters’ use of violence and intimidation to pressure political officials—problems fueled by polarization and an antidemocratic faction of the Republican Party. Here’s where the fault lines come …

U.S. Marines barrack

FILE -This Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983 file photo shows the aftermath of a suicide truck bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast _ the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II _ claimed the lives of 241 American service members.(AP Photo/Jim Bourdier, File)

FILE -This Sunday, Oct. …

UN chief welcomes new Government in Lebanon, after eight-month impasse

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed, on Friday, the announcement of a new Government in Lebanon; the result of eight months of negotiation, following general elections last May.

He congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanon’s political leadership, saying that he looks forward “to working closely with the new Government to continue to address urgent …

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Miraculous’ music made by hearing-impaired children

The children, who practiced for six months for a Christmas carol concert held in the capital Beirut, attend a specialist school for young people with hearing disabilities which is supported by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Twenty-four Syrian refugees are enrolled in the school.

The children are unable to hear themselves sing clearly so had to …

UN ceasefire monitoring chief tours Yemeni port of Hudaydah

The head of the UN team which is monitoring and helping implement a ground-breaking ceasefire across Yemen’s crucial port city of Hudaydah, had his first face-to-face meeting with authorities there on Monday.

Retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert and his advance team, also undertook “a familiarization visit” to the Port itself, where close to eighty per …

Lebanese army raids refugee camps in wake of attacks

BEIRUT: The Lebanese army on Tuesday detained 103 Syrian refugees during a series of raids carried out on makeshift refugee camps in the country’s eastern Baalbek region.

The move came one day after a village near Lebanon’s border with war-torn Syria was rocked by two separate waves of suicide bombings.

According to an army statement, 103 …

Hezbollah says senior commander killed in Syria

Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah group on Monday confirmed the death of senior military commander Ali Fayyad in war-torn Syria.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Hezbollah said it had recovered the bodies of Fayyad and three other group members in an operation on Sunday in which Hezbollah special forces and the Syrian army took pace in …

Aleppo free of ISIS control, rebel commander says

ISIS members retreated to Al-Inzarat on the northeastern outskirts of the city.

Aleppo fighting. (AFP/Mohammed al-Wesam/AMC)

BEIRUT – The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has lost control over opposition-held areas of Aleppo amid the fierce battles raging in northern Syria between rebels and fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked group.

“Free Aleppo is now under the …

Al-Nusra Front official says ending clashes with ISIS “unlikely

BEIRUT – An Al-Nusra Front spokesperson refuted claims that the Islamist organization’s chief ordered the end of clashes pitting rebels against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and said it would be difficult to end the fighting.

“Al-Nusra Front chief Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani did not order the ending of battles against …