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Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council dies

Chairman of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, died at the age 70 on Monday, Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/24 16:12:14

Head of UN monitors arrives in Yemen's rebel-held Sanaa

The head of the UN team tasked with monitoring a fragile cease-fire in Yemen's port city of Hodeida arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Sunday, an AFP photographer said.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/23 21:23:40

Saudi-led coalition accuses Houthis of violating cease-fire deal

Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen accused on Friday the Houthi militias of violating the cease-fire deal in Hodeidah as part of Sweden deal, Al Arabiya TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:59:40

Iran to hold massive drill in southern Iran: commander

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will launch a massive military drill in southern parts of Iran on Saturday, IRGC's Ground Force Commander, Mohammad Pakpour, said on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:58:16

Iran's IRGC vows to continue missile tests, research activities

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will continue missile tests and will do relevant researches more actively than before in defiance of the US pressure and sanctions, a senior IRGC commander was quoted as saying by Press TV on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:57:36

UN Security Council adopts resolution to endorse Yemeni agreements

The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to endorse the agreements reached by the government of Yemen and Houthi rebels in Sweden.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:56:34

Yemeni gov't forces repulse Houthi attack, 18 killed

Forces loyal to Yemen's internationally-backed government repulsed an attack launched by the Houthi fighters in the southern province of al-Dhalea on Friday, state news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:54:17

Lebanon's president urges int'l community to help with return of Syrian refugees

The Lebanese president on Friday urged the international community to help with the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland to reduce the burden on the country's economy, the Presidency website reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:42:36

Turkey announces delay in operation against Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Friday that his country has decided to postpone "for some time" its cross-border operation against Kurdish forces east of the Euphrates River.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/22 8:42:16

10 police personnel go missing in N. Afghanistan

A total of 10 police personnel have deserted their security checkpoint and gone missing in Faizabad city, the capital of northern Badakhshan province on Friday, Sanullah Ruhani, the provincial police spokesman said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/21 20:52:32

UN envoy optimistic about political process in Syria

Outgoing UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Thursday expressed optimism about the prospects of a political solution in Syria although he regretted that more could have been done.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/21 11:05:44

New military aid sent to US-led coalition base in E. Syria despite withdrawal decision

Despite the US decision to withdraw forces from Syria, tens of truckloads of new military aid headed on Thursday to a base run by the US-led coalition in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/21 11:03:19

'Uneasy calm' in Yemen's Hodeida

An uneasy calm returned to the battleground Yemeni city of Hodeida on Thursday after new overnight skirmishes as the warring parties await the promised deployment of UN staff to oversee a hard-won but fragile truce.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/20 22:48:40

PM Morrison thanks 800 Aussie troops for fighting IS in Iraq

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked Australian troops for their service during a secret end-of-year trip to the Middle East.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 12:05:49

Israeli parliament votes for bill allowing eviction of Palestinian attackers' families

The Israeli parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to a bill that would allow the eviction of Palestinian attackers' families from their West Bank homes.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 10:12:57

Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes on air base adjacent to Sanaa airport

The Saudi-led coalition, supporter of the Yemeni exiled government, launched on Wednesday two airstrikes on an air base in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa, residents said, as a UN-brokered cease-fire largely holds in the adjacent Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 10:12:35

Israeli PM urges UN action against Hezbollah's cross-border "attack tunnels"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to denounce Hezbollah's cross-border "attack tunnels."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 10:06:13

Turkey detains 19 IS-linked foreign suspects in Istanbul

The Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least 19 foreigners in Istanbul for their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 10:04:33