Lebanese Prime Minister Mikati secures post as crises deepen

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati won the support of more than 50 legislators Thursday to stay on in his role and is now tasked with forming a government to address the country’s deepening crises. After a day of binding consultations between President Michel Aoun and parliamentary blocs, Mikati was named by 54 lawmakers while his … Read more

Sri Lanka’s historic Australia ODI series ‘win for whole country’

Sri Lanka cricket captain Dasun Shanaka dedicated his side’s sensational series victory over Australia to the country’s people as the island nation reels under its worst-ever economic crisis. Australia needed 19 off the final over in Colombo but Sri Lanka held its nerve despite David Warner’s 99 and some last-minute heroics from Matthew Kuhnemann to … Read more

Hundreds of homeless die in US streets amid dangerously high temps

Thousands of homeless people’s lives are in danger in Phoenix, the hottest big city in the United States, sweltering on the streets in deadly extreme temperatures. Hundreds of blue, green and gray tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays downtown, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. The stifling tent city … Read more

‘Drink less tea’ Pakistani minister urges masses to curtail import bill

Pakistan’s newly elected government minister faced criticism Wednesday after he urged people to drink less tea to cut the country’s high-import bills. Pakistan is among the world’s top tea importers, a hugely popular drink among both the rich and the poor in the country of 220 million people. The government has to spend about $600 … Read more

Lebanese parliament speaker Berri elected for 7th time

Lebanese lawmakers reelected Nabih Berri as parliament speaker Tuesday for a seventh consecutive term. The slim majority in favor of Berri was a reflection of a significant shift in public opinion in the crumbling economy on the verge of bankruptcy. His reelection was practically guaranteed – even though more than a dozen new lawmakers won … Read more