US ends freeze on $100 million in Lebanon aid Dec 04, 2019 0 573 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump’s administration said on Monday it has released $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon that had been quietly frozen for months amid US complaints about the clout of Hezbollah.A State Department official and a congressional aide, both speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the assistance has been unblocked by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. “The money is good to go,” the State Department official said.The Trump administration has been tight-lipped on the reason for the hold-up in support for Lebanon but has been pressing the government to distance itself from Hezbollah, the Shiite militant movement close to Iran.Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who included Hezbollah members in his cabinet, resigned a month ago in the face of major street protests.The State Department official said there had been “some disagreements about the efficacy of US aid” to the Lebanese Armed Forces.But the official defended the military as a “national institution” in a country long divided on confessional lines, and praised its “high level of capability” in fighting extremists such as Al Qaeda and the IS movement. “It defends Lebanon’s borders; it is an excellent partner to the United States in counterterrorism and fighting Sunni jihadi Islamists,” the official said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iraq parties, allies debate new premier as violence hits capital, shrine cities Dec 04, 2019 0 190 Two soldiers killed, seven injured in roadside bomb in central Mali: Army Dec 04, 2019 0 1343 Nearly a third of residents in southern Israel consider move Dec 04, 2019 0 775 Syrian refugees leave Lebanon to head back home Beirut: Some 71 families from Syrian refugees living in Lebanon voluntarily returned to their homeland on Tuesday, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported. Scores of Syrian refugees, accompanied by Lebanese .. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe left $10 mn, 10 cars, a farm and two houses Harare: Zimbabwe’s late former president Robert Mugabe left US$10 million, 10 cars, a farm and two houses, details of his estate released on Tuesday revealed. The state-owned Herald newspaper said his daughter, Bona .. Trump slams govt crackdown in Iran, defends Iranians ‘killed for protesting’ AFP London US President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters, as rights groups said the death toll had soared. Protests erupted in Iran on November 15 after an announcement .. 23 killed, dozens injured as fire engulfs factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum: Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke .. Iran videos hit internet revealing scope of crackdown Nicosia: Videos showing harrowing scenes of bleeding protesters, burning roadblocks and snipers on rooftops have emerged after Iran lifted a near-total internet blackout, opening a window onto what analysts say was ..