Month: August 2020

Lebanon designates new prime minister, Mustapha Adib, ahead of Macron visit

Lebanon’s under-fire political leaders on Monday designated a new prime minister, the diplomat Mustapha Adib, to tackle the country’s deep political and economic crisis, hours before French President Emmanuel Macron was due to visit.Mustapha Adib, 48, Lebanon’s former envoy to Germany, acknowledged in a televised speech that there is “a need to form a government…

US sanctions over South China Sea will not affect blacklisted Chinese construction giant CCCC, company says

The dredging business of state-owned engineering giant China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) will not be adversely affected by fresh US sanctions, but questions remain as to whether there could be reputational damage to its Australian and US subsidiaries, including a marine engineering group in Texas.On Wednesday, the United States Department of Commerce blacklisted 24 Chinese…

White House adviser Jared Kushner touts Israel-UAE deal as path to Middle East progress

White House adviser Jared Kushner on Sunday trumpeted the recent agreement by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish diplomatic relations as a historic breakthrough and said “the stage is set” for other Arab states to follow suit, but he gave no indication that any new deals were imminent.Appearing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

Italian islanders launch protest as hundreds of migrants land on Lampedusa

The arrival of hundreds of migrants crammed into a rickety fishing boat has worsened the severe overcrowding at shelters on a tiny Italian island, triggering an angry demonstration by islanders and a vow Sunday by the mayor to call a protest strike.While tensions grew on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, another migrant drama was reported….