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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

Araqchi: Sanctions failed policy

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that sanctions are defeated policy, as Iran has lived with sanctions for years even it made remarkable progress in sanctions era.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency | 2018/12/20 2:59:55

US starts returning troops home from Syria, says White House

The Trump administration has started returning US troops home from Syria after claiming a victory in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), the White House said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/20 1:07:31

Turkish cleric extradition 'unrelated' to Khashoggi murder

The deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party told the ­Global Times that the government was determined to pursue the Jamal Khashoggi case and demand answers from Saudi Arabia.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/19 22:08:40

Yemen govt allies urge swift UN deployment to save truce

A hard-won truce in the battleground Yemeni city of Hodeida will collapse if rebel violations persist and the UN does not intervene, the Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/19 22:03:40

UN envoy regrets lack of progress on Mideast peace process

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Tuesday regretted the receding in international consensus and the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process in 2018.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/19 9:39:07

Turkish, Kurdish forces on alert amid threats of military campaign in eastern Syria

A state of alert and military movements were witnessed Tuesday by the Turkish and the Kurdish forces amid Turkish threats of a military action in eastern Syria, the latest escalation between Turkey and the Kurdish forces in northern Syria, according to a war monitor.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/19 9:34:58

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree on convening first Syrian constitutional body meeting early next year

The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey said on Tuesday they have agreed to make efforts at convening the first session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in early 2019.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/19 2:24:53

Saudi Arabia passes largest state budget

Saudi cabinet passed on Tuesday the largest state budget ever with a record spending of 1.106 trillion Saudi riyals (294.85 billion US dollars), a 7.3 per cent growth rate compared to 2018, Al Arabiya TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/19 2:23:45

Yemen truce monitors to deploy within 24 hours: UN

A team including members of Yemen's warring sides will be dispatched within a day to monitor a truce deal in Hodeida city, a UN official said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/18 22:38:40

UN-backed cease-fire goes into effect in Yemen's Hodeidah

The cease-fire agreement reached between the the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels during the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden went into effect at midnight local time (2100 GMT) on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/18 8:16:19