Saad Hariri’s return as Lebanese prime minister raises hope, skepticism

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 23 (UPI) — The return of veteran politician Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister was met with mixed reactions as the country plunges deeper into economic crisis and despair... Read more »

Sudan, Israel agree to normalize ties in U.S.-brokered deal

Oct. 23 (UPI) — Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations, the third such U.S.-brokered agreement in the Middle East in recent weeks, the Trump administration announced Friday. President Donald Trump... Read more »

Donald Trump's 'America first' agenda has damaged global human rights

Oct. 23 (UPI) — Even before Donald Trump was elected U.S. president in 2016, researchers who study democratic backsliding, the rise of authoritarian regimes and their policies, feared his “America first” agenda... Read more »

ESPN to host virtual 2020 NBA Draft on Nov. 18

Oct. 22 (UPI) — The 2020 NBA Draft will be held virtually on Nov. 18 from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., the league and network announced Thursday. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and... Read more »

James Randi, magician and debunker, dies at 92

Oct. 21 (UPI) — James Randi, the magician, escape artist and debunker of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, has died. He was 92. The James Randi Educational Foundation announced in a statement Wednesday... Read more »

Famous birthdays for Oct. 21: Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose

Oct. 21 (UPI) — Those born this date are under the sign of Libra. They include: Advertisement — English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1772 — Swedish chemist/industrialist Alfred Nobel, inventor of... Read more »

U.S., Israel, UAE create $3B fund to promote Mideast investment

Oct. 20 (UPI) — The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced a $3 billion development fund Tuesday to promote economic cooperation and investment in the Middle East and northern... Read more »

Sudan to be removed from U.S. state-sponsored terrorism blacklist

Oct. 19 (UPI) — The African nation of Sudan will be removed from the U.S. state-sponsored terrorism list, President Donald Trump announced Monday, in a move that could open to the door... Read more »

Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat critical after testing positive for COVID-19

Oct. 19 (UPI) — Palestinian Liberation Organization Secretary-general Dr. Saeb Erekat was listed in critical condition Monday and on a ventilator after testing positive for COVID-19, officials said. Doctors at Hadassah-University Medical... Read more »

Bahrain, Israel formalize diplomatic ties

Oct. 19 (UPI) — Israel and Bahrain have signed an agreement to establish formal diplomatic ties following U.S.-brokered negotiations, paving the way toward the signing of a peace treaty. Israel’s national security... Read more »