Despite protests, Mansourieh power lines go live

"...One 2005 study conducted by Oxford University, often cited by these protestors ... 'The line is obviously very important for all of Lebanon, and nobody contests this,' he says. 'Of course these lines must exist, but not around our homes, and it ..."


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Oman's Sultan Qaboos dies; cousin Haitham named successor

A smooth succession was expected, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of Texas-based Rice University's Baker Institute told Reuters. "The wildcard is whether any of Oman's neighbors might try to pressure the ne...

US imposes more sanctions on Iran after missile attacks in Iraq

"This is a joke. These designations target an industry that is supposed to be off limits anyway and senior officials most of which were already designated," said Nephew, now a senior research scholar ...

France Calls for 'Gesture' from Iran over Detained Academics

Iran does not recognise Adelkhah's dual French-Iranian nationality and has lashed out at Paris for what it has described as "interference" in the cases of the academics, both from Sciences Po universi...

Iran Drops Spy Charge for Detained French Academic

Iran has dropped espionage charges that had been laid against an Iranian-French academic detained in the Islamic republic since last year, her lawyer said on Tuesday. "The espionage charge has been dr...

Hassan Diab, Lebanon's 'Technocratic' PM-Designate

named Thursday as protest-hit Lebanon's new premier, is a self-described "technocrat" propelled to the helm of government by the endorsement of Hizbullah and its allies. The little-known 60-year-old e...

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