Fri, 03 Feb 2023

BEIRUT -- Former Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and two former ministers were charged with homicide with probable intent on Tuesday over the Beirut port explosions in 2020, the local al-Jadeed TV reported.

Tarek Bitar, a Lebanese judge tasked with investigating the Beirut port explosions, also charged Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, State Security director Major General Tony Saliba, and former Lebanese army commander Jean Kahwaji in connection with the blasts. (Beirut-Explosions-Investigation)

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ANKARA -- Türkiye has postponed a trilateral meeting with Sweden and Finland on their NATO bids following the burning of a copy of the Quran in Sweden, the state-run TRT network reported on Tuesday.

The meeting was slated to take place in February, the report said, citing anonymous Turkish diplomatic sources.

The decision came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Sweden not to expect Türkiye's support on its NATO bid after Rasmus Paludan, the head of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line, burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. (Türkiye-Sweden-NATO)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Two border guards and an officer from Yemen's government forces were killed in an attack launched by the Houthi rebels in the country's northeastern province of al-Jawf early on Tuesday, a government military official said.

"The Houthi militants carried out an attack and targeted the sites of the government's border guard forces in the Abtar border area of al-Jawf, triggering intense clashes," the local military official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis-Conflicts)

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TEHRAN -- Iran on Tuesday strongly condemned new sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and Britain and vowed to take retaliatory measures.

Iran reserves the right to take retaliatory measures against such "failed policies" and will soon announce its new list of sanctions against the "human rights violators and sponsors of terrorism" in the EU and Britain, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a statement, which was posted on the ministry's website. (Iran-EU-Sanctions)

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