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Somalia's President Names New PM

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a new prime minister hours after inking a deal with regional leaders for elections next year that abandons a promised one-person, one-vote model. Mohamed's office announced late Thursday the appointment of Mohamed Hussein Roble, a Swedis


Cairo Awaits Resumption of Dam Talks amid Floods Warning

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said Thursday that his government took all necessary measures to prepare for any rise in Nile water levels, which may cause some flooding in areas adjacent to the river. The Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Irrigation has also gone on alert as water le


Lebanon’s PM-Designate to Hold More Talks after French Intervention

Despite a deadlock in Lebanon’s government formation efforts, Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Adib refrained from stepping down Thursday, instead announcing that he would give more time for talks. “I discussed with President Michel Aoun the difficulties we are facing to form the new


Coronavirus: Jordan to jail organisers of large social events

Jordan will impose jail sentences of up to one year for anyone organising weddings, parties, funerals or social gatherings where more than 20 people attend, in the latest measures aimed at heading off a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Government spokesman Amjad Adailah said the latest orders, wh


Syria slams US over Trump’s desire to assassinate Assad

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday slammed US President Donald Trump for saying he wanted to assassinate regime President Bashar Al-Assad a few years ago, Sana news agency reported. Earlier on Tuesday Trump acknowledged that he wanted to assassinate Al-Assad for using ch


Jordan prince mocks photograph of signatories to Israel ‘peace deals’

Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, the half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, has mocked a photograph showing the signatories to the normalisation agreement with Israel standing next to each other, without wearing masks in a blatant violation of precautionary measures against the coronavirus. T


UAE has been boycotting Palestine since 2010, says Fatah

The Secretary-General of Fatah’s Central Committee has revealed that the UAE has been boycotting Palestine since 2010, Al-Khaleej Online reported on Wednesday. Jibreel Al-Rajoub made his comments on Palestine TV. “The UAE has not treated with the Palestinian ambassador


Sudan: Authorities cut internet to prevent students from cheating

The Sudanese authorities interrupted internet connection for three hours on Wednesday, while students sat their high school exams, allegedly to prevent them from cheating. The Zain Group, one of the telecommunication companies providing internet services in Sudan, sent a message to its


Egypt Muslim Brotherhood align with new acting supreme guide

Members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have expressed their full solidarity with the group’s new acting supreme guide, Ibrahim Mounir, who assumed his role following the arrest of Mahmoud Ezzat. Mounir has recently made a series of decisions including the appointment of a new


Libya’s internationally-backed PM to step down in October

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libya’s internationally-backed government based in Tripoli, yesterday announced plans to step down by the end of October, news agencies reported. As he was delivering a speech on state TV, Al-Sarraj said that he will hand over power to a new executive authority, not


Mauritania freezes assets of ex-president while searching for more abroad

Authorities in Mauritania have frozen the assets of former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz following his arrest last month and the impending investigation into financial corruption during his ten years in office. Abdel Aziz was released three weeks ago and placed under surve


Sudan, Oman Attend Peace Accord Signing in US, Envoy Predicts Morocco Next to Join

A Sudanese diplomatic delegation attended on Tuesday the signing ceremony in Washington of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel. Oman’s ambassador to the United States was also present at the landmark event. Former US peace envoy Dennis Ro


French Initiative is Last Chance to Save Lebanon, Jumblatt Says

Leading Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt said on Wednesday it seemed some people did not understand that French-led efforts to lift Lebanon out of crisis were the last chance to save the country. Lebanon is in the throes of a crippling economic and financial meltdown that marks the biggest thre


Israeli aircraft strike Gaza during White House ceremony

Israeli aircraft attacked in Gaza on Wednesday, witnesses said, and sirens warning of rocket fire from the Palestinian territory sounded in southern Israel. The witnesses said a training base run by the Hamas militant group, which controls Gaza, was hit in the airstrike. The Israeli military forc


UN chief to appoint special envoy to broker peace in Libya

The UN Security Council on Tuesday asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy to broker peace in Libya, although Russia and China abstained from voting on the resolution that also extended the UN mission in the country. Ghassan Salame, who headed the UN political mission


Palestinian PM Attacks Arab League

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh launched an unprecedented attack against the Arab League on Monday, describing the organization as a symbol of Arab ineptitude. “The cabinet was considering recommending that President Mahmoud Abbas revise Palestine’s relations with the Ara


PA: It is not the UAE’s right to interfere in Al-Aqsa Mosque’s affairs

The UAE does not have the right to interfere in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday according to Arabi21. After leaks that the UAE gave permission to Jews to perform their rituals inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and allowed Israe


Fire in Zaha Hadid building in downtown Beirut

    A fire broke out in the downtown district of Beirut this morning and was extinguished shortly after by firefighters, according to local media reports. The fire erupted in an under-construction department store located in the northern part of the Beirut souks. The building, whic



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