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Hariri waiting for Aoun’s approval of Cabinet lineup 

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Thursday said he was still waiting for President Michel Aoun’s agreement on a proposed 18-member Cabinet of nonpartisan specialists to deliver reforms, while denying reports that the government formation awaited Saudi Arabia’s approval.

Hariri waiting for Aoun’s approval of Cabinet lineup 

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Thursday said he was still waiting for President Michel Aoun’s agreement on a proposed 18-member Cabinet of nonpartisan specialists to deliver reforms, while denying reports that the government formation awaited Saudi Arabia’s approval.

French court acquits ex-PM Balladur in corruption trial

A French court Thursday acquitted former prime minister Edouard Balladur on corruption charges after he was accused of using kickbacks from an arms deal but handed a suspended jail term to his former defence minister.

Biden's Iran approach praised as deft despite lack of progress

U.S. President Joe Biden's refusal to offer upfront sanctions relief to Iran may have angered Tehran's clerical rulers but it has won some praise at home despite his failure so far to draw Iran into nuclear talks or deter attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.

OPEC+ to extend most oil cuts into April, Saudi to keep voluntary cut

OPEC and its allies agreed to extend oil cuts by one month into April, offering small exemptions to Russia and Kazakhstan, after deciding that the demand recovery from the coronavirus pandemic was still fragile despite a recent oil price rally. OPEC's leader Saudi Arabia said it would extend its voluntary oil output cut of 1 million barrels per day (bpd), and would decide in coming months when to gradually phase it out.

Djokovic on cloud nine in Australia after Medvedev mauling

A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title Sunday.

Superficial? Resonant? KAWS opens in Brooklyn

For exhibition curator Eugenie Tsai, KAWS’s characters manage to be light-hearted but also melancholic and introspective. They ‘resonate with all of us in life in general,” she said. “Not everything is fun.’

Superficial? Resonant? KAWS opens in Brooklyn

For exhibition curator Eugenie Tsai, KAWS’s characters manage to be light-hearted but also melancholic and introspective. They ‘resonate with all of us in life in general,” she said. “Not everything is fun.’

Beat poet ally Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

Few poets of the past 60 years were so well known, or so influential. His books sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, a fantasy for virtually any of his peers, and he ran one of the world’s most famous and distinctive bookstores, City Lights. Although he never considered himself one of the Beats, he was a patron and soul mate and, for many, a lasting symbol – preaching a nobler and more ecstatic American dream

World no closer to answer on COVID origins despite WHO probe

Despite a high-profile visit to China by a team of international experts in January, the world is no closer to knowing the origins of COVID-19, according to one of the authors of an open letter calling for a new investigation into the pandemic.

Iceland expects "relatively small" lava eruption

Iceland expects a "relatively small" lava eruption in the island's southwest which could lead to a temporary halt in air traffic, the office of Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said late on Thursday.