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Showdown over Lebanon

Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia’s power play needs to start at home
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/20/17, 11:26 pm

Never mind that Lebanon is half the size of New Jersey, its national melodrama is not to be missed.

Scene 1—lunch in Beirut, Friday, Nov. 3: Prime Minister Saad Hariri is hosting the French cultural minister, Françoise Nyssen. Mid-conversation, Hariri takes a phone call, excuses himself, and disappears.

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Saudi blockade turns Yemeni crisis into a disaster

International | Country’s famine now ranked worst in the world as 7 million people face risk of starvation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/17/17, 11:49 am

YEMEN: Saudi Arabia has only partially lifted a blockade that closed most of Yemen’s air, land, and sea ports this week—and has made an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis unimaginably worse. Streets in the capital, Sanaa, are empty due to fuel shortages, and government workers already have gone 14 months without salaries.

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France wades in to Saudi-Iranian conflict over Lebanon

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/16/17, 11:21 am

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday accepted an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron to come to Paris for a respite from the ongoing regional tension created by his surprise resignation nearly two weeks ago. Macron said the Wednesday invite to Hariri and his family was for a few days and not an offer of political exile. Hariri caused shockwaves throughout the region Nov. 4 when he announced his resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, where he has remained ever since.

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