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Heavy rains in Yemen make "catastrophic humanitarian situation" worse: UN

For the third time this year, torrential rains have hit Yemen, making "an already catastrophic humanitarian situation even worse," a UN spokesman said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/4 11:49:16

Iran says to equip its destroyers with vertical-launch cruise missiles

An Iranian defense official says Iran Navy's destroyers will be equipped with vertical-launch cruise missiles, saying U.S. sanctions can't hinder Iran's defense development.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/4 11:07:42

Egyptian President, top EU diplomat discuss regional issues in Cairo

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met on Thursday with visiting EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to discuss regional issues including the Libyan crisis, the Palestinian issue and Ethiopia's dam built on the Nile River, said the Egyptian Presidency.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/4 9:29:50

ICC rebukes US sanctions against its prosecutor

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday denounced “unprecedented” sanctions imposed on its prosecutor by the US in retaliation for a probe into alleged war crimes by US troops in Afghanistan.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/3 17:03:40

Arab artists boycott UAE after Israel peace deal

The United Arab Emirates' move to pursue normalization with Israel has prompted a backlash from Arab artists and intellectuals, who are boycotting Emirati-backed cultural awards and events to support the Palestinian cause.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/3 15:08:40

West Bank's markets suffer from recession ahead of new school year

Palestinian merchants from the West Bank have complained about the local markets' recession ahead of the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/3 11:19:19

Signatories stand by troubled Iran nuclear deal

The signatories to the Iran nuclear deal said Tuesday that they stood by the faltering accord, opposing US efforts to restore international sanctions on the Islamic republic.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/2 16:53:41

Kabul resumes Taliban release

Afghan authorities have resumed a controversial release of Taliban inmates, an insurgent spokesman said Tuesday, marking an important step toward breaking an impasse that has delayed the start of peace talks for months.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/2 15:18:42

US-Israel delegation makes big UAE trip

A US-Israeli delegation left Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after a visit aimed at charting the relationship between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Jewish state after their landmark deal to establish diplomatic ties.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/2 15:13:42

Isolated US vetoes UN resolution over jihadists' fate in Syria and Iraq

The US' diplomatic isolation grew Monday when it stood alone in the UN Security Council to veto a resolution on the fate of thousands of foreign jihadists being held in Syria and Iraq.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/1 17:48:42

Hamas and Israel strike deal to end Gaza escalation

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas said Monday they had reached a Qatari-mediated deal with Israel to end more than three weeks of cross-border attacks.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/1 17:28:40

Palestine records highest daily rise of COVID-19 cases

Palestine recorded the highest daily rise of COVID-19 cases on Monday after the outbreak of the deadly pandemic in the Palestinian territories in March, its health minister said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/1 9:12:58

Qatar raises minimum wage, lifts curbs on changing jobs

Qatar announced changes to its labor laws on Sunday, raising the minimum wage by 25 percent to 1,000 riyals ($275) a month and scrapping a requirement for workers to get permission from their employers to change jobs.
Source: Reuters | 2020/8/31 18:33:40

Half of Lebanese risk facing food shortages in aftermath of blast: UN

More than half of Lebanese risk facing a food crisis in the aftermath of a Beirut port blast that compounded Lebanon's many woes, a UN agency said Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2020/8/31 16:48:41

Israeli tanks hit Hamas targets after balloon attacks come from Gaza

Israeli tanks hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the army said, as Palestinian balloon attacks across the border continued despite international truce efforts.
Source: AFP | 2020/8/30 16:58:41

Iran registers 1,905 new COVID-19 cases, 371,816 in total

Iran's COVID-19 cases on Saturday rose to 371,816 with the registration of 1,905 new infections over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/8/30 9:09:56

UN blocks US 'snapback' bid

The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday blocked a controversial bid by the US to reimpose international sanctions on Iran, with the UN Security Council saying it could not proceed with the disputed move.
Source: AFP | 2020/8/26 16:53:41

'Security' incident at Lebanon border: Israeli army

The Israeli army reported a “security” incident near the Lebanon border on Tuesday, and told local residents to seek shelter.
Source: AFP | 2020/8/26 15:03:40