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Libya's Haftar committed to ceasefire, Germany says

A Libyan military commander waging an offensive to capture the capital Tripoli is committed to a ceasefire, Germany said on Thursday, in an apparent advance for efforts to end a near-decade of turmoil in the North African country.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’s office also said comma


UN: Keeping Lebanon without government ‘increasingly irresponsible’

Keeping Lebanon without a government is “increasingly irresponsible” given developments in the region and the country, the United Nations’ senior official in Lebanon said on Wednesday. “Given the situation and developments in the country and the region it is increasingly irr


Russia’s Putin makes rare visit to Syria, meets Assad

Vladimir Putin met Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, the Russian leader’s second trip to Syria since Moscow intervened decisively on the Syrian president’s behalf in a civil war. Putin told Assad that much had been done to restore Syrian statehood, while Assad thanked Putin for hi


U.N. resumes grain milling in starvation-threatened Yemen

Artillery fire on Dec. 26 damaged WFP grain stores at the Red Sea Mills located on the front line in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. Milling resumed on Dec. 30, the WFP said in a statement. The mill and silos have become a focal point of the conflict in Hodeidah, where the United Nations is tryi


Saudi Arabia announces establishment of Red Sea, Gulf of Aden council

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday the establishment of a regional council of eight Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Saudi King Salman received the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti in Riyadh and congratulated them o


Hezbollah leader says Soleimani killing marks new phase for region

Beirut - Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday 5 January 2020 the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani marked a new phase in the history of the Middle East. Referring to the date of Soleimani’s killing in a US air strike in Baghdad, Nasrallah said i


Qatari foreign minister offers condolences to Iran’s Rouhani for Soleimani death

Yaghoub Fazeli Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani offered condolences on Saturday 4 January 2020 to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the killing of the former commander of the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Qassem Soleimani, the semi-official ISNA news a


Coalition scales back Iraq operations for security reasons

US-led forces helping Iraqi troops fight militants have scaled back operations, a US defence official told AFP Saturday, a day after an American strike killed top Iranian and Iraqi commanders.“Our first priority is protecting coalition personnel,” the official said, saying the US-led for


Houthi: Soleimani death won't fail, America targets us all

Sana'a  - The Houthi group stands beside the Nation's freemen in the battle of dignity, dependence and freedom against the American-Israeli arrogance and crime, the group's leader said Friday 1-3-2020. "Muslims should stand in battle array, and realize that the enemy targets them all, without


Lebanon's crisis needs $20 billion-$25 billion bailout, former minister says

Lebanon’s crisis has shattered confidence in its banking system and raised investors’ concerns that a default could loom for one of the world’s most indebted countries, with a $1.2 billion Eurobond due in March. Lebanon’s politicians have failed to come up with a rescue pla


Egypt holds local fuel prices steady at second pricing mechanism meeting

Egypt left domestic fuel prices unchanged on Thursday at the second meeting under an IMF-backed pricing mechanism that links energy prices to international markets, the petroleum ministry said in a statement. At its inaugural meeting in October, the pricing mechanism committee cut fuel prices margi


US troops deployed to Middle East after Baghdad embassy siege

Iranian-backed militants have ended a day-long siege of the American embassy in Baghdad following an order from their militia organisation, but the struggle between the US and Iran for influence in Iraq looked set to intensify further in 2020. The US defence secretary, Mark Esper, announced that 75


Tunisia's designated PM says he has formed a government

Tunisia’s designated prime minister Habib Jemli submitted a proposed cabinet to President Kais Saied on Wednesday, but he has not yet publicly announced the names of cabinet ministers.  The new government, which Jemli said last month would be formed of political independents, will be put


Yemen's southern separatists pull out of Riyadh agreement committees

Southern separatists in Yemen have pulled out of committees implementing a November agreement to end a power struggle in the south that had opened a new front in the country’s multifaceted war. The pact was reached after more than a month of indirect talks in Saudi Arabia. Under the deal, the


Saudi arrests dozens over ‘indecency, harassment’

Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 200 people for violating “public decency” rules – including by wearing immodest clothing – and “harassment,” police said, in the first such crackdown since the ultra-conservative kingdom began easing social norms. Some 120 men


Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in “stable condition,” treatment ongoing

Reuters, Dubai - Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said is in “stable condition” and continuing a program of medical treatment, state television said on Tuesday 31 December 2019 , citing a statement from the sultan’s office. Concerns had grown for the sultan’s health after he m


Protesters attack US Embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area in one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory. Am


Houthi military spokesman: Our 2019' qualitative military operations hurt coalition, changed war equation to our advantage

The military spokesman of Houthi groupe (Ansar Allah), Yahya Saree, listed on Sunday a detailed report on what he called "developments of the combat situation on the fronts and the outcome of the year 2019." In a press conference held today in Sana'a, Saree said that his group's military goals over


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