Lebanon

Rouhani at U.N.: America Is ‘Kneeling on the Neck’ of Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered a bizarre address to the 2020 U.N. General Assembly in which he claimed Iran single-handedly defeated the Islamic State, portrayed his brutal regime as a paragon of tolerance and human rights, and compared the Iranian people suffering under U.S. sanctions to George Floyd suffering beneath the knee of a policeman.

Rouhani addressing 75th UN General Assembly

Lebanese Politicians Fail to Agree on Forming Government

Lebanon’s effort to form a new government is not going well. Virtually every administration official except President Michel Aoun resigned soon after the August 4 explosion that devastated the city of Beirut. The search for a new prime minister appears to be deadlocked by Lebanon’s factional rivalries and resistance to reform, even as the country’s already shaky economy teeters on the edge of utter ruin.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: President of Lebanon Michel Aoun arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 25, 2019 in New York City. World leaders from across the globe are gathered at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, amid crises ranging …

Lebanese Military Discovers More Dangerous Chemicals at Beirut Port

The Lebanese military released a statement on Monday that said teams of its investigators, assisted by French experts, have discovered 25 containers of hydrochloric acid and 54 containers of other dangerous materials at the Port of Beirut, which was devastated on August 4 by a massive explosion blamed on an improperly stored stockpile of ammonium nitrate.

Rows of damaged cranes stand at the site of the Aug. 4 deadly blast in the port of Beirut that killed scores and wounded thousands as the sun sets over the capital Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)