Daily Archive: May 2, 2017

May
02

Hamas Leader Plays Final Hand: Trying to Lift Group’s Pariah Status

Khaled Meshal is stepping down as Hamas’s leader after over two decades, but his parting act, an attempt to put a friendly face on the militant group, has found few takers.

May
02

Scaling success

Salmon is Scotland’s biggest food export, but what has driven its success?

May
02

Half of us aren’t happy to discuss mental health at work

Half of us would not be happy to speak up at work about a mental health problem, a poll suggests.

May
02

Lord Williams of Baglan obituary

Senior UN diplomat who acted as a bridge and barrier between the Israeli army and Hezbollah in Lebanon in the aftermath of the 2006 war

Michael Williams, Lord Williams of Baglan, who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, was a senior United Nations diplomat with a knack for turning the organisation’s principles into action on the ground, most successfully in the aftermath of the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese militia, Hezbollah. Williams’s work in Lebanon between 2006 and 2011 was the culmination of his role as an effective, if largely unsung, troubleshooter for the UN, in locations from Cambodia to the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East.

The six-week conflict had left large parts of Lebanon in ruins, but the Israelis felt they had failed to win a convincing victory. As for the Hezbollah fighters, they proclaimed themselves victors merely for surviving the Israeli onslaught. Inside Lebanon, the political situation was more than usually explosive following the 2005 assassination of the former prime minister Rafik Hariri, which the UN had promised to investigate.

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May
02

Alitalia’s flight path to bankruptcy

Italian airline Alitalia is to start bankruptcy proceedings after workers rejected a last-ditch rescue plan to keep it in business.

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