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Berlin and Paris step up push for euro zone reform deal


BERLIN/PARIS: Emboldened by a preliminary coalition deal between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats (SPD), Germany and France will try to inject new momentum into their stalled EU reform efforts this week when their finance ministers meet in Paris. Peter Altmaier, one of Merkel’s closest party allies, will pay ...

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Lebanon to host 2019 Arab Summit: Hariri


BEIRUT: Lebanon will host the 2019 Arab League Summit, Prime Minister Saad Hariri told Cabinet officials Thursday. Hariri left Lebanon for Paris following the Cabinet session, an airport source told The Daily Star. Sources close to Hariri said that his visit to Paris was “a personal trip.” In the spirit ...

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Democrats warn of rising Russian interference


Senators say Trump has ignored threat to security and have called for new sanctions  Senate Democrats accused President Donald Trump of failing to address the rising threat posed by Russian meddling in western democracies, calling on Wednesday for new sanctions and a US-led global response. “Never before has a US ...

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U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants


  SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge in San Francisco temporarily barred President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday from ending a program shielding young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents from deportation. The Trump administration announced in September it would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood ...

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