Sanctions widen US assault on Lebanon, says Hezbollah Jul 12, 2019 0 328 12345 ReutersBEIRUTLebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that new US sanctions against three of its officials, including two MPs, have widened Washington’s assault on Lebanon.The move marks the first time the United States has targeted lawmakers of the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, which is part of Lebanon’s coalition government. “It has widened the assault on Lebanon and its people. It is rejected and denounced,” Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc said in TV comments. “It will not change anything in our convictions.” The sanctions widen a US campaign that has designated 50 Hezbollah-linked individuals and entities since 2017. Washington classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group.The three new officials are MPs Amin Sherri and Muhammad Raad, as well as Wafiq Safa, whose role includes coordinating with Lebanon’s security agencies. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday the sanctions moved in “a new direction”. RELATED ARTICLES US, Britain will ‘strongly regret’ oil tanker seizure: Iran Guards Jul 12, 2019 0 1840 Israeli troops kill fighter on Gaza border: Hamas Jul 12, 2019 0 338 Japanese probe lands on distant asteroid Jul 12, 2019 0 1758 Clashes kill more than 80 fighters in northwest Syria AFP Beirut More than 80 fighters were killed in clashes on Thursday between regime and rebel forces in northwest Syria, as violence raged on the edge of an opposition bastion despite a September truce deal. In nearby .. Four killed in blasts at funeral in Libya dpa Benghazi Four people were killed in three back-to-back explosions during the funeral of an ex-military commander in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, an army official said. Twenty-six others were .. 11 dead as boat capsizes in Niger AFP Niamey Eleven people drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on a river in central Niger, the governor of the region said. The accident happened near the town of Maradi, said governor Zakari Oumarou of the Maradi .. Clashes rock volatile C Africa area after vendor’s killing Bangui: Clashes rocked a volatile Muslim-majority area of the Central African Republic capital Bangui for a second day Thursday in tit-for-tat violence after a vendor was killed by a local militia. The PK5 district has .. EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering grey list: Sources Reuters BRUSSELS The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new ..