Al-Manar TV Lebanon Al-Manar TV Lebanon Syrian MP Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar Announces Candidacy for President Speaker of the Syrian People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham announced Wednesday that the Assembly received from the Supreme Constitutional Court a candidacy application from MP Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar to run for president. Pakistan Court Adjourns Musharraf Travel Ban Application Pakistani former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, facing a battery of criminal cases, must wait a fortnight to learn if he will be given permission to go abroad to visit his sick mother Lavrov: If Russian Troops Attacked, We’ll Respond Russia will retaliate if it was attacked and the interests of the Russian people are threatened Ukraine Renews Anti-Separatism Offensive, US Troops Head to Poland Ukraine renewed its military offensive against pro-Kremlin separatist activists as US troops headed to region in a show of force against Russia. Syrian Warplane Raids Arsal as Three Rockets Fall on Labweh, Nabi Othman Three missiles landed in the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal as several rockets hit the villages of Labweh and Nabi Othman on Tuesday OPCW: Syria Handed over 86% of Chemical Weapons The Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) announced Tuesday Syria has delivered 86% of its chemical weapons. Mortar, Gunfire Attacks on Rural Damascus Injure 4 Civilians Terrorist attacks injured four civilians in Harasta area in Damascus Countryside on Tuesday. Cairo Bomb Attack Kills Police Brigadier General An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his car in Cairo, security officials said. Haniyeh Calls for Ending Palestinian Rift Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday called for healing the Palestinian rift and achieving reconciliation. Malaysia Plane May Have Landed Safely: Sources An investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says the plane may have landed somewhere else. Lebanon Braces for Parliamentary Session to Elect President Lebanon is braced on Wednesday for parliamentary session to elect new president, with expectations say no candidate will be able to gain the needed two-thirds of votes to become the next head of state. Saudi Health Minister Replaced amid Virus Outbreak Saudi Arabia’s health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, has been replaced by Labour minister Adel Fakieh as the kingdom struggles to contain the surge of new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 8 Killed in Pakistan Militant Attacks Eight people, including five policemen, have been killed in two militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan. Pakistan Test-fires Short Range Missile Pakistan has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Putin to Create United Naval Base in Arctic A united system of naval bases for ships and next-generation submarines will be created in the Arctic to defend Russia’s interests in the region. Syrian Army Continues Military Operations in Darra, Idlib, Homs, Aleppo Syrian Army carried out Tuesday wide military operations against terrorists in several areas around the country. Algeria Opposition Unveils New Coalition A group of Algerian opposition parties on Monday unveiled a new coalition aimed at countering President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who won a fourth term as president in last week’s polls. Jordan Recalls Israeli Envoy over Al-Aqsa Violations Jordan’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Zionist Ambassador in Amman Daniel Nevo to protest "Israeli violations" against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem). Brahimi Desperate over Syria, Wants to Resign, No Successor Found European sources reported that UN representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has really decided to resign as he was desperate to find a solution for the Syrian crisis. "US Is Not a Democracy": Study A new study by researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page from Princeton University showed that ’terrorists’ no longer need to bother. Turkey’s Erdogan Bans May Day Rallies on Taksim Square Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday banned May Day gatherings on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months. Erakat Plays down Threat to Dissolve PA Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat played down on Tuesday a threat to dissolve the Palestinian Authority if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked. Biden Vows Support for Ukraine against “Humiliating Threats” US Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Washington stands by Ukraine’s new pro-Western leaders in the face of "humiliating threats". Medvedev “Sure” Russia Ready for New Sanctions over Ukraine Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev insisted on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to face a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine. Yemen Attacks Kill Four Officers in Two Days A Yemeni military police colonel shot dead Tuesday was the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the capital Sanaa in two days, an official said.