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New PMF Draft Law in Iraq Raises Questions about Fayyadh’s Electoral Ambitions 

Arab World Members of the PMF are seen during a military operation. (PMF on Telegram – file photo)

New PMF Draft Law in Iraq Raises Questions about Fayyadh’s Electoral Ambitions 

Head of Iraq’s Taqaddum party and former parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi expressed on Tuesday his fierce opposition to a draft law related to the…

Fadhel al-Nashmi (Baghdad)
Arab World Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Egyptian Presidency)

Sisi: Regional, Int’l Reality Imposes ‘Complex Challenges’ on Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday that the current regional and international reality imposes new challenges and complex situations on…

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)
Arab World Egyptian Foreign Minister Badr Abdelatty meets with his Sudanese counterpart Hussein Awad in Cairo, 23 July, 2024. (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Egypt Calls on Int’l Donors to Fulfill Pledges to Support Sudan, Refugee-Hosting Countries

Egypt on Tuesday called on international donors to swiftly fulfill their pledges to support Sudan, and its neighboring refugee-hosting countries after millions…

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Arab World The Houthi-held central bank in Sanaa. (Reuters)

De-escalation Agreement between Yemen Govt, Houthis Paves Way for Economic Talks

The legitimate Yemeni government and Iran-backed Houthi group reached an agreement to de-escalate the economic tensions between them related to banks and the…

Ali Rabih (Aden)
Arab World FILE PHOTO: A view of a street in the city of Omdurman damaged in the year-long civil war in Sudan, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo

US Invites Sudan's Warring Parties for Talks

Washington has invited the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces for US-mediated ceasefire talks starting on Aug. 14 in Switzerland, Secretary of State…

Asharq Al Awsat (Washington)

Arab World New imported cars are seen in a parking lot next to the Eilat port, Israel, June 12, 2018. Picture taken June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

Israel Says It Intercepts Missile Fired from Yemen, Houthis Say they Targeted Eilat

Israel said its air defenses intercepted a surface-to-surface missile launched from Yemen on Sunday and Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it had fired…

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Arab World Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike on the village of Khiam in southern Lebanon, near the border with Israel (AFP)

EU Envoy to Middle East: Our Top Priority is Preventing a Regional War

The war in the Gaza Strip is a serious obstacle to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians but the European Union's Special Envoy for the Middle…

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Arab World Smoke rises in Omdurman, near Halfaya Bridge, during clashes between the Rapid Support Forces and the army as seen from Khartoum North, Sudan April 15, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudan Fire Kills Nine

Fire tore through an apartment block in Port Sudan killing nine people in the city which the Sudanese army has made its base during fighting with rival…

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Arab World Born in critical condition in Gaza, Malek Yassin was stabilized after receiving oxygen and medical attention, doctors said - AFP

Gaza Hospital Says Newborn Saved From Dead Mother's Womb

Doctors in Gaza described delivering a newborn baby against incredible odds on Saturday, pulling him from his mother's womb moments after she died of wounds…

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Arab World The Mohammed VI Tower in Rabat. (AFP)

Moroccan Ex-minister Hit With Five-year Jail Sentence

Moroccan opposition figure and former minister Mohamed Ziane has been sentenced to five years in prison while serving a three-year term in another case, his…

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Arab World Lebanese army soldiers check the wreckage of a vehicle after an Israeli airstrike targeted the area near the village of Burj al-Muluk, some 18 kms from the town of Nabatiyeh on July 20, 2024.  (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)

Israeli Strikes Reportedly Target Hezbollah Ammunition Depot in Lebanon

Israeli strikes late on Saturday targeted a depot storing ammunition belonging to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, three security sources told Reuters. The…

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Arab World FILE PHOTO: A view shows mobile homes in the Jewish settlement of Givat Haroeh in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, February 21, 2023. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo

US Criticizes ICJ Opinion that Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories is Illegal

The United States criticized "the breadth" of the top UN court's opinion in which the International Court of Justice said Israel's occupation of Palestinian…

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Arab World A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli Military Says it has Struck Houthi Targets in Yemen

The Israeli army said Saturday it has struck several Houthi targets in western Yemen following a fatal drone attack by the militias in Tel Aviv the previous…

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Arab World Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

13 Palestinians Killed in Central Gaza Strikes

At least 13 people were killed in three Israeli airstrikes that hit refugee camps in central Gaza overnight into Saturday, according to Palestinians health…

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Arab World Houthi supporters attend a rally against the US and Israel in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)

2 Attacks Northwest of Yemen's Mokha Cause Minor Damage to Vessel

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on Saturday it had received a report of two attacks on a vessel 64 nautical miles northwest of Yemen…

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Arab World Tunisia’s President Kais Saied

Tunisian President Announces Re-Election Bid

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said Friday he will stand for re-election in the Oct. 6 presidential vote. “I officially announce my candidacy for the Oct. 6…

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Arab World A UNIFIL patrol in the town of Barj al-Muluk in southern Lebanon (DPA)

Lebanon Awaits UNIFIL Extension Draft, Seeks No Amendments

Lebanon is awaiting a draft resolution from France to extend the UN peacekeeping mission in the south (UNIFIL) without changes, amid talks with key…

Nazeer Rida (Beirut)
Arab World An Iraqi military force in a previous operation to pursue ISIS in Salahuddin, Diyala, and Samarra (Iraqi News Agency)

Iraqi Air Force Strikes ISIS Positions in Hamrin Mountains

The Iraqi Security Media Cell reported on Friday that an aerial strike by F-16 aircraft in Mount Hamrin, near the border of Kirkuk and Salahuddin governorates,…

Hamza Mustafa (Baghdad)
Arab World The panel of judges, with President Nawaf Salam (C), at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands, during a non-binding ruling on the legal consequences of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 19 July 2024. (EPA)

Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territory ‘Illegal’, Says UN Top Court

The UN's top court, in a sweeping opinion on Friday, said that Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory was "illegal" and needed to end as…

Arab World Youths gather with jerrycans to fill up water from a tanker truck in the yard of a school of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), housing Palestinians displaced by the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas, in Jabalia in the north of the Palestinian territory on May 14, 2024. (AFP)

Britain Will Resume Funding to UN Palestinian Refugee Agency UNRWA

Britain's new Labor government said on Friday it would resume funding to the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA. Britain was one of several countries to halt…

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Arab World Displaced Palestinians wait to receive food at a food distribution point, set up by young men from the Madhoun family in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Omar AL-QATTAA / AFP)

UN Rights Office: 'Anarchy' Spreading in Gaza

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday warned that "anarchy" was spreading in the Gaza Strip, with rampant looting, unlawful killings and…

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Arab World Lebanese citizens remove the debris of the car of a leader of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya who was targeted by Israel in eastern Lebanon. (AFP)

Israel Takes Advantage of Hezbollah’s Security Gap to Carry Out Assassinations

The ongoing Israeli assassinations of Hezbollah fighters and leaders highlight a security and technological gap that the party has been unable to address. On…

Nazeer Rida
Arab World Voters cast their ballots at a polling station in Damascus (EPA)

Ruling Baath Party Controls Syrian Parliament

The ruling Baath Party took control of the Syrian Parliament, winning 170 seats out of 250 in the parliamentary elections announced Thursday. The National…

Asharq Al Awsat (Damascus)
Arab World Houthi supporters brandishing rifles rally in Sanaa, in solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza on July 12, 2024. (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

Vessel Hit by Projectiles Off Yemen

A vessel was hit by unknown projectiles 83 nautical miles southeast of Yemen's Aden early on Friday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations and British…

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Arab World Smoke billows from a site targeted by Israeli shelling in the southern Lebanese village of Boustane near the border with Israel on July 18, 2024, amid ongoing cross-border clashes between Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters.  (Photo by Kawnat HAJU / AFP)

Israeli Airstrike Kills Several Hezbollah Members in South Lebanon

An Israeli airstrike late Thursday killed members of Hezbollah's elite Radwan Force at a home in southern Lebanon, state media and a Hezbollah official said. A…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)
Arab World Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (dpa)

Israel Considers Transferring Control of Gaza’s Rafah Crossing to EU, Palestinians

Israeli authorities are considering transferring control of Gaza’s Rafah crossing to the European Union and Palestinians, informed sources said on Thursday. …

Asharq Al Awsat (Tel Aviv)
Arab World People in front of the Peace Palace ahead of a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on a request from South Africa for emergency measures for Gaza, in The Hague, Netherlands, 26 January 2024. (EPA)

UN Court Opinion Due on Occupied Palestinian Land

The UN's top court will on Friday hand down its view on the legal consequences of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967, amid growing…

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Arab World Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Sudan's RSF Agrees with UN on Steps to Ease Aid Delivery

Sudan's Rapid Support Forces agreed with the United Nations on some steps to ease aid delivery in areas under its control, a member of the RSF told Reuters on…

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Arab World Palestinians inspect the destroyed home of the Muheisen family following an Israeli airstrike in the Al Zwaida neighbourhood in the central Gaza Strip, 18 July 2024. EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Italy Sends Humanitarian Flight with Aid for Gaza Population

Italy has sent food supplies and health equipment for the Gaza population aboard a humanitarian flight that landed in Jordan, a statement said on Thursday, as…

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