Hariri’s return

BEIRUT – Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who has refused to accept Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister unless he returns from Saudi Arabia, welcomed comments from Mr Hariri that he plans to come home soon, palace sources and visitors said on Monday.

Soldier shot

SEOUL – The North Korean soldier who defected to the South on Monday was shot by several North Korean soldiers while making his way over the inter-Korean border, the United Nations Command said on Tuesday.

Travel ban

WASHINGTON – A US appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States.

‘No to racism’

WARSAW – Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday there was no place in Poland for xenophobia, anti-Semitism and “sick nationalism”, denouncing hate speech at a nationalist march in Warsaw in comments later echoed by ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

More allegations

WASHINGTON – US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led a chorus of establishment Republicans on Monday urging Roy Moore, the party’s Senate candidate in Alabama, to quit the race as a fifth woman came forward with allegations Mr Moore had sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago.

Boycott at UN

UNITED NATIONS – Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia boycotted an informal public United Nations Security Council meeting on Venezuela on Monday organised by the United States, saying the 15-member body should not be involved in the situation.


BRASÍLIA – Brazil’s President Michel Temer will start a cabinet reshuffle that should be completed in mid-December, his press office said on Monday without providing a reason for the change.

Air strikes

BEIRUT – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said on Monday that air strikes on a market had killed at least 29 people in a rebel-held area of northwest Syria.

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