Poverty in Lebanon’s ‘city of billionaires’ drives deadly migration

Poverty in Lebanon’s ‘city of billionaires’ drives deadly migration

Migrant boat tragedy sheds light on poverty in the north At least 95 die in ill-fated voyage More attempted sailings point to mounting desperation Tragedy underscores mounting poverty in northern Lebanon TRIPOLI, Lebanon, Sept 25 (Reuters) – In the city from which Lebanon’s richest politicians hail, the poorest residents once again mourn their dead. Among … Read more

Russian draft triggers exodus by some men as air fares jump

Air tickets from Moscow sold out Heavy traffic at Russia’s land borders ‘Panic demand’ for air tickets – source TBILISI/VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Some Russian men headed swiftly to the borders on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization, with traffic at border crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices … Read more

On the run, Lebanese woman who stole her own savings says she’s not the criminal

Sali Hafiz who held up Beirut bank decrees ‘country of mafias’ Hafiz on the run after taking savings for cancer treatment Growing number of depositors hold up Lebanese banks BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON Sept 21 (Reuters) – On the run from authorities after forcing a bank to release her family savings at gunpoint to treat her … Read more

Protests flare across Iran in violent unrest over woman’s death

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Supreme leader’s representative vows to follow up the case Mahsa Amini died after being detained by morality police Death sparks angry protests around Iran, including the capital DUBAI, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Protests raged for a fourth straight day across Iran on Tuesday and authorities said … Read more

Cheetahs return to India after 70-year absence

Eight cheetahs transported from Namibia to India The animal disappeared from India 70 years ago Bid to bring back the cats could burn environmental credentials Some conservationists call it an unrealistic vanity project Challenges include space limits, rival predators LONDON/NEW DELHI, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Eight radio-collared African cheetahs step out on to the grassland … Read more

EXCLUSIVE With a Russian nudge, Turkey and Syria step up contacts

Any normalization would reshape the decade-long Syrian war Intelligence chiefs held meetings over the last few weeks Focused on Ukraine, Moscow urges a political solution in Syria ANKARA/BEIRUT, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Turkey’s intelligence chief has held multiple meetings with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus over the last few weeks, a sign of Russian efforts … Read more