Lebanon elects Aoun as president, ending two-year stalemate

Lebanon elects Aoun as president, ending two-year stalemate

After a two-and-a-half year vacancy, the position of Lebanese head of state was finally filled Monday when veteran politician and former general Michel Aoun was elected president by parliament. An octogenarian former general, Aoun has long eyed the presidency, a position that must be filled by a Maronite Christian under Lebanon’s confessional political system. With […]

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus launched a campaign to recapture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s biggest city this […]