Traders reportedly started to raise the prices of certain commodities after the Parliament approved last week a series of taxes to fund the salary scale for civil servants as well as teachers. Economy Minister Raed Khoury warned against taking advantage of the current debate over the taxes to manipulate with the prices, noting that discussions are yet to be concluded by both the Parliament and the government.
Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back. He defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title in an all-Swiss final Sunday to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various injuries.
Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane. But the most intriguing items may be two small plastic satellites on sticks that can be maneuvered to simulate a dogfight in space.