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Saudi Arabia Calls for Complete Boycott of “Everything Turkish”

In a sign of greatly heightened tensions between the Arab world's greatest power and Turkey, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called for a sweeping boycott of "everything Turkish" after a statement by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the policies...

Kuwaiti Leader Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah Dies at 91

The leader of Kuwait, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who ruled the Gulf nation for the last 14 years, has passed away at the age of 91, according to an announcement released on Tuesday. Known for his attempts to...

Syrian City Lays Cornerstone for New Hagia Sophia Cathedral

In war-torn Syria, as citizens try to deal with an almost total breakdown of their society after their country served as a battleground for many opposing forces, Orthodox Christians have decided to build a replica of the Hagia Sophia...

Lady Sursock, Matriarch of Beirut Family, Dies of Blast Injuries

Yet another victim of the senseless explosion in Beirut caused by the improper storage of seized ammonium nitrate, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane passed away on Monday from injuries sustained in the blast. The oldest living member of the aristocratic Sursock...

Greek Startup Sold for $360 Million in One of the Biggest Deals of its Kind

Greek-run startup InstaShop, a grocery delivery service operating in the Middle East and North Africa, was purchased by German food delivery service Delivery Hero in a record breaking deal of $360 million. The sum is made up of a $270...

Lebanon To Go Into Coronavirus Lockdown for Two Weeks

  The beleaguered nation of Lebanon must be put into lockdown for two weeks because of the huge spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country, according to a statement from the caretaker health minister on Monday. After half...

Turkey, Iran Angered Over UAE Opening Diplomatic Relations with Israel

  It was announced at the White House on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates has now opened diplomatic relations with Israel as part of a joint US/AUE/Israel agreement signed on Wednesday. President Trump stated to interviewers that the groundbreaking deal...

Greece Offers Restoration Expertise to Lebanon for Monuments Destroyed in Explosion

  The Culture and Sports Ministry of Greece has offered Lebanon help with the necessary restoration work in museums and monuments in their capital city of Beirut following last week's deadly explosion at the port, according to a statement released...

Lebanese Government Resigns in Wake of Explosion

  The government of Lebanon stepped down on Monday evening, just seven says after the enormous explosion at the city's port which leveled a large portion of the city, killing more than 160 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Prime Minister...

Beirut Blast Damages Palace Built by Prominent Greek-Orthodox Family in 1700’s

  Last week's explosion in Beirut, the result of the improper storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate at the city's port, laid waste to swaths of the once-beautiful city which was called "The Pearl of the Orient" during its...