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Iraqi protesters block entry to commodities port

BASRA - Protesters blocked entry to Iraq's main commodities port again on Monday 11-18-2019 while schools and government offices in many southern cities were shut in response to calls for a general strike. At least 315 people have been killed since the start of mass unrest in Baghdad and southern I


Lebanon is a sinking ship, parliament speaker warns

Lebanon is like a sinking ship that will go under unless action is taken, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri was quoted as saying on Monday 11-18-2019, referring to the country’s deep economic and political crisis. Berri, an ally of Lebanese Hezbollah, told visitors that efforts to form a new gov


7 Yemeni soldiers killed by Houthi missile in Marib military base

RIYADH- Houthi militants fired a missile at the Arab coalition’s headquarters in the city of Marib on Wednesday 11-13-2019 during a visit by the Yemeni defense minister, killing seven Yemeni soldiers and injuring at least 12, local officials said.The base, in Sahn Al-Gin district, is the main


Death toll surges on second day of Israel-Gaza violence

An Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip killed six members of a Palestinian family on Thursday, all of them civilians, medical officials and residents said, bringing the death toll in the territory from a 48-hour surge in fighting to 32. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the pre-


Egyptian President arrives in UAE for official state visit

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday 11-13-2019 for an official state visit with UAE’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Both state leaders will discuss strengthening the two co


Israeli forces killed Palestinian in clashes

Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces Monday during demonstrations marking the 15th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death in the occupied West Bank, leaving a Palestinian shot dead, medics and Palestinian officials said. Demonstrations were held in Ramallah and the Hebron area in


No sign of new cabinet as Lebanese leaders meet, bank curbs continue

 Beirut - Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met President Michel Aoun on Thursday 11 -7-2019without announcing progress towards forming a new government, and banking sources said most financial transfers out of the country remained blocked. Already facing the worst economi


Griffiths discuss with Saudi Crown Prince latest developments of Yemeni crisis

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths met in Riyadh on Thursday 11-8-2019 with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. The meeting discussed "the latest developments on the Yemeni arena and the efforts exerted towards them," according to the o


Syrians in Idlib protest jihadist presence

DAMASCUS - Demonstrators took to the streets in Syria's Idlib province on Friday to protest a jihadist group's offensive against a rival rebel group, which left at least 8 civilians dead in the town of Kafr Takharim. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is an alliance of Salafist militant groups, including t


Yemeni parties sign ‘Riyadh Agreement’ in Saudi-sponsored talks

The legitimate government in Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) signed the “Riyadh Agreement” on Tuesday 6-11-2019, under the auspices of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who officially announced the deal. The Saudi Crown Prince sai


Lebanon's Aoun: Dialogue with protesters crucial to solve issues at hand

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Monday 11-4-2019 that there is a need for dialogue with demonstrators in order to come to an understanding on the issues at hand. On its official Twitter page, The Lebanese Presidency cited Aoun as saying to the UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon that on


Five killed after Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters in Baghdad

Baghdad - Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday 11-4-2019, killing at least five, a Reuters witness said, as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in the center of the city. Reuters video showed security forces shooting one protester dead with live ammuniti


Lebanon: roads shut again as thousands return to the streets

President Michel Aoun on Thursday 10-31-2019 said he is working to facilitate discussions to select a new prime minister and would hold consultations once ready. On Thursday evening, the Lebanese president was set to address the nation for the first time since Saad Hariri announced that he was resi


Hezbollah: Resignation of Hariri wasted time needed to enact reforms

Beirut - Lebanese Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc said on Thursday 31 October 2019 the resignation of Saad Hariri as prime minister had wasted time needed to enact reforms which are widely seen as necessary to steer Lebanon out of an economic crisis. In a televised statement read by one of its


Israel approves more than 2,300 settler homes: NGO

Jerusalem - Israel has approved the construction of 2,342 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Thursday 31 October 2019 . It said the decision was taken on October 10 and that 59 percent of the new homes will be erected in “settlements that Israel lik


Iraqi president says Iraq’s PM will only resign if a replacement is found

Baghdad - Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Thursday31 October that Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi would only resign in response to mass protests if parliamentary blocs agree on his replacement to avoid a constitutional vacuum. Salih said in a live address that new elections could only take pla


UAE troops return after ‘successful liberation, stabilization of Aden’

The United Arab Emirates said its troops have returned from the Yemeni port city of Aden after the completion of its role in “liberating and stabilizing” the city. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said that it is now transferring its charge to Saudi and Yemeni forces, who wil


Yemeni Parliament to meet in Aden following Riyadh deal

The Yemeni Parliament will hold its second session in the southern port city of Aden, a Yemeni minister said Tuesday, pending to officially signing the Riyadh Agreement between the internationally-recognized government and the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC). The Parliament secon


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