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AUB Selected for WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, has announced the American University of Beirut as the EMEA region winner of the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award.

A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research.

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Zakka Says Lebanese State in 'Coma' over His Detention

Lebanese citizen and permanent U.S. resident Nizar Zakka has lamented that the Lebanese state seems to be in “full coma” over his continued imprisonment in Iran.

In a statement distributed by his family, Zakka thanked the Iranian “political prisoners” who are jailed with him “underground” for celebrating his birthday.

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Trump, Democrats in Frenzied Final Push ahead of U.S. Elections

Donald Trump, his Republicans and their Democratic rivals steeled themselves for a final frenzied day of campaigning Monday on the eve of contentious U.S. midterm elections, when voters render their verdict on the president's first two years in office.

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Security Experts Question Border Mission for Military

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more "lethal" — better at war and more prepared for it.

And yet, nothing about the military's new mission at the U.S.-Mexico border advances that goal. Some argue it detracts from it.

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Protests in Pakistan Delay Release of Christian Woman

The release of a Christian woman in Pakistan who was acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy was apparently delayed Friday, after talks failed between the government and radical Islamists who want her publicly hanged.

Also, a lawyer representing a local cleric who had raised the initial blasphemy charges against Asia Bibi petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse its acquittal.

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Lebanon Takes Part as Observer in Arab Military Drill

Ground, air and naval units from five Arab nations are arriving in Egypt to join their Egyptian counterparts for war games, according to the Egyptian military, in the first sign that a military alliance proposed by Washington for its Middle East partners may be gaining traction.

A military statement late Wednesday said forces from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan will take part in the Nov. 3-16 exercises codenamed "Arab Shield" and to be held in western Egypt. Lebanon and Morocco are taking part as observers.

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Trump Hits Election Trail Threatening Troop Surge on Mexico Border

U.S. President Donald Trump has further hardened his pre-election anti-immigration rhetoric in a Florida campaign stop, after threatening to deploy as many as 15,000 soldiers on the Mexican border -- equal to the size of the U.S. contingent in Afghanistan.

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Part of Landing Gear, One 'Black Box' Recovered from Indonesia Jet

Divers have found a piece of landing gear from a crashed Lion Air jet, Indonesian authorities said Thursday, following the discovery of a critical black box that could explain why the brand-new plane plummeted into the sea, killing 189 people.

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Cyprus Rescues 17 Syrians aboard Boat Coming from Lebanon

Seventeen Syrian migrants who set sail from Lebanon aboard a small craft have declared that they intend to apply for asylum on the east Mediterranean island nation, Cypriot police said.

Police said Tuesday a patrol boat rescued the migrants — including five children — after authorities located their craft some 77 kilometers off the island's southeastern tip.

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Jreissati Sues Charles Ayyoub for 'Harming Ties with KSA'

Caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati on Tuesday filed a court case against ad-Diyar newspaper publisher and managing editor Charles Ayyoub, accusing him of harming Lebanon's relations with Saudi Arabia.

Ayyoub wrote a column blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the deaths of civilians in Yemen. He called on the Saudi ambassador to leave Lebanon, and used the terms "dogs" and "pigs" 22 times in describing the two Saudi officials.

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