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  • HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 16: Displaced people are seen at Herat Refugee Camp in Herat, Afghanistan on September 16, 2021. Many people have been displaced by civil war. People in western Afghanistan, mostly from Herat, Farah, Ghor and Badghis provinces, have fled their homes and taken refuge in Herat due to civil war and clashes between Taliban and government forces. These migrants living in the mania camp are asking for humanitarian aid. Lack of drinking water, clothing and food is one of the biggest problems for these migrants ( Stringer - Anadolu Agency )

    With malice and spite, the US has unleashed a cruel new war on Afghanistan

    Tens of thousands of Afghan mothers will quite possibly not be able to wave their children off to school in 2022 because their youngsters will have starved to death in a crisis brought about by the US government's decision to freeze $9.5 billion of Afghanistan's reserves held in American...
  • VIENNA, AUSTRIA - APRIL 06: In this handout provided by the EU Delegation in Vienna, Representatives of the European Union (L) and Iran (R) attend the Iran nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel on April 06, 2021 in Vienna, Austria. Representatives from the United States, Iran, the European Union, Russia, China and other participants from the original Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are meeting directly and indirectly over possibly reviving the plan. The JCPOA was the European-led initiative by which Iran agreed not to pursue a nuclear weapon in exchange for concessions, though the United States, under the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, abandoned the deal and intensified sanctions against Iran. (Photo by EU Delegation in Vienna via Getty Images)

    Iran must return to nuclear talks to avoid escalation, French official says

    Iran must return to talks with world powers over its 2015 nuclear deal to avoid a diplomatic escalation that could jeopardize the negotiations, a French presidency official said on Tuesday, Reuters reported. The official also said Iran could not set new conditions before returning to the talks in Vienna as the terms on...
  • Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president, speaks in a prerecorded video during the United Nations General Assembly via live stream in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. A scaled-back United Nations General Assembly returns to Manhattan after going completely virtual last year, but fears about a possible spike in Covid-19 cases are making people in the host city less enthusiastic about the annual diplomatic gathering. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Abbas's political rigmarole at the UN General Assembly

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas's long rigmarole at the UN General Assembly provided only a partial historical reckoning. The link between colonialism and the UN, notably within the context of UN Resolution 194 and the Palestinian right of return, was bypassed by regurgitating the outdated concept of an international...
  • Taliban fighters sit on the back of a pick-up truck at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021 [WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images]

    Taliban to implement monarch-era Constitution in Afghanistan

    The Taliban's acting justice minister vowed Tuesday to replace the Islamic Republic's Constitution with monarchy-era legislation from the 20th century, Anadolu Agency reported. Abdul Hakim Sharaey made the announcement in a meeting with China's Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu, according to a statement on the Facebook page of the...
  • Qatar's Minister of State for energy affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi attends the 175th OPEC Conference of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria on December 6, 2018 [JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images]

    Qatar's OPEC decision will boost its energy independence

    Speaking at a Future of the Oil and Gas Industry conference, Pulitzer prize-winning author and global energy expert Daniel Yergin said that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed that the global gas market is more resilient than its oil counterpart. According to Mckinsey, the world is witnessing a new global...
  • Chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami delivers a speech during the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference, an annual meeting of all the IAEA member states, at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2021. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

    Iran rejects US demand for UN inspectors' access to nuclear site

    Iran on Tuesday rejected a US call to grant UN inspectors access to a nuclear site, saying Washington was not qualified to demand inspections without condemning a sabotage attack on the facility, Iranian state media reported, Reuters reported. "Countries that did not condemn terrorist acts against Iran's nuclear site are not...
  • Iraqis attend the conference of peace and reclamation organised by US think-tank Center for Peace Communications (CPC) in Arbil, the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan autonomous region, on September 24, 2021 [SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images]

    On normalisation, the Kurds, and the sigh of an American commander

    On Friday 24 September a conference titled "Peace and Recovery" was held in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The conference, which was organised by an American centre called Peace Communications Centre, was attended by a number of Iraqis who were described as "tribal elders, writers and...
  • Shadow Foreign secretary Lisa Nandy speaks on stage on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference in Brighton, on the south coast of England on September 27, 2021 [JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images]

    UK Labour denounces anti-Israel motion as not 'comprehensive' or 'balanced'

    Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy claimed a motion calling for sanctions against Israel because it practises the crime of apartheid was not "comprehensive" or "balanced" and the leadership would not support it. The motion, voted in at the Labour Party Conference yesterday, called for sanctions on the State of...
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    Tunisia: Ennahda resignations 'not leading to a new party'

    The senior members of the Ennahda movement in Tunisia who have resigned from the party have told Arabi21 why they made the move. More than a hundred members resigned at the weekend. A joint statement said that they did so because "The wrong political choices of the leadership have...
  • The logo of Malaysian oil company Petronas on the side of an aviation fuel storage tank near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, 28 June 2007 [TENGKU BAHAR/AFP via Getty Images]

    Sudan is turning on former allies under the pretext of fighting corruption

    Sudan's Transitional Government has been accused of illegally expropriating the assets of Malaysia's national oil company, Petronas, which could trigger legal proceedings against Khartoum in the International Court of Arbitration. Petronas is a multi-billion-dollar company, ranked amongst the largest corporations in the world with more than 20 years of...
  • Members of the Sahrawi People's Liberation Army parade with Polisario Front's flags in the disputed territory of Western Sahara on 27 February 2016 at the Sahrawi refugee camp of Dakhla which lies 170 km to the southeast of the Algerian city of Tindouf. [FAROUK BATICHE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Algeria calls for direct talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front

    Algeria yesterday demanded "direct negotiations" be held between Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Río de Oro (Polisario Front) over the disputed Western Sahara region. In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra stressed: "Algeria reiterates its permanent stance...
  • Secretary-General of the Movement Party Lamia Al-Khameri [alirada.tn]

    It's time to dismiss Tunisia's Saied, opposition says

    Tunisian President Kais Saied wasted all available opportunities for dialogue and it is time for him to be dismissed by parliament, the Secretary-General of the Movement Party told Al-Quds Al-Arabi. Lamia Al-Khameri said Kais Saied "exceeded even the limits of logic and rationality" through the steps he has taken to orchestrate...
  • Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak [Youtube screengrab]

    Yemen requests urgent support to avoid economy collapse

    The Yemeni government has urged the international community to provide it with urgent financial support to avoid further economic collapse in the country. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak said the measures taken by his government to mitigate the devastating...
  • The then-Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad seen on April 15, 2018, in Damascus, Syria [LOUAI BESHARA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Syria claims doors are open for refugees and foreign forces will be driven out

    Syria's Foreign Minister has claimed that the doors are open for refugees to return, even as warnings emerge about the dangers that returnees face in regime-controlled territory. Faisal Mekdad made his claim in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. Mekdad gave assurances that the...
  • Patrick George Zaki was kidnapped by Egyptian security forces from Bologna [Human Rights Monitor/Twitter]

    Human rights researcher stands trial in Egypt for 'spreading false news'

    Egyptian researcher Patrick Zaki, held for 19 months since being arrested on a trip home from Italy, faced trial today on charges of spreading false news over an article he wrote about the plight of Egypt's Christians, Reuters reports. Zaki, 30, a graduate student at the University of Bologna, was jailed...
  • Tunb Al-Kubra, Tunb Al-Sughra, and Abu Musa [Wikipedia]

    UAE: Iran must negotiate over 'occupied' islands

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has called on Iran to directly and peacefully negotiate the dispute over three islands in the Gulf and has condemned the country's interference in Arab regional affairs. Speaking at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday, the UAE's Minister...
  • Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]

    The untold story of why the Palestinians are divided

    The political division in Palestinian society is deep-rooted, and should not be reduced to convenient claims about the "Hamas-Fatah split", elections, the Oslo accords, and subsequent disagreements. The division is linked to events that preceded all of these, and not even the death or incapacitation of the octogenarian Mahmoud...
  • Egyptian media professor, Ayman Mansour Nada [cairo24.com]

    Egypt arrests professor who criticised pro-regime media personalities

    Egyptian security forces have arrested an Egyptian media professor, Ayman Mansour Nada, who criticised media figures close to the regime. In a series of articles circulated on social media, Nada said that the opposition media abroad had reached a wider audience among Egyptians than the media within Egypt. In...
  • Israel closes crossings with Jordan, Egypt to curb covid spread

    Jordan to resume flights to Damascus

    The Jordanian government has agreed to resume flights to the Syrian capital Damascus as of 3 October after a 10-year hiatus as a result of the Syrian civil war. Jordan's Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya also announced the reopening of the Jordanian-Syrian border from tomorrow morning to allow for the movement...
  • Palestinian citizens wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus (COVID-19) at public places in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March, 2020 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]

    Palestinian economy crippled by virus, Israeli occupation in 2020: UN

    The year 2020 was the worst for the Palestinian Authority (PA) since its establishment in 1994 due to the Israeli occupation and the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said yesterday. UNCTAD said in its annual report that the PA's economic decline in 2020 was...
  • Migrants sit on a pier of the port of Los Cristianos as they are assisted by emergency personnel upon their rescue off the coast of the Canary island of Tenerife on March 26, 2021 [DESIREE MARTIN/AFP via Getty Images]

    IOM 'deeply concerned' by number of dead, missing migrants heading for Canary Islands

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said it was extremely concerned about the sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances at sea of migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands along the West African coast. In a report issued last week, the organisation said by the end of August, its Missing...
  • A woman browses the Instagram account of social media influencer in Egypt's capital Cairo on July 29, 2020 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Egypt to tax social media influencers earning over $32,000

    Egypt has said it will tax social media content creators earning more than 500,000 Egyptian pounds ($32,000) annually. "Anyone who makes a profit in Egypt must be fairly taxed whatever their field of work is," said tax authority official Mohamed Al-Gayyer. Another tax official, Mohamed Keshk, said that anyone...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) during their talks at the Kremlin on March 5, 2020 in Moscow, Russia [Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images]

    What's new about the Putin-Erdogan summit?

    On Wednesday, the Russian city of Sochi will host a new summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after no such meetings have been held for quite a while. The last summit between the two presidents was a year and a half ago, in...
  • Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on July 10, 2012 [GALI TIBBON/AFP/GettyImages]

    Ex-PM says Israel does not have capacity to strike Iran nuclear sites

    Israel does not have conventional military capabilities that enable it to strike and permanently eliminate the Iranian nuclear project, as it did in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an opinion piece published in Haaretz's Hebrew site. Olmert said the policy adopted by...
  • Officials of Iraq's electoral commission undergo a polling day simulation to test run its systems ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections on September 22, 2021 [SHWAN MOHAMMED/AFP via Getty Images]

    Who's running in Iraq's elections?

    Iraq holds a general election on 10 October, its fifth parliamentary vote since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and ushered in a complex multi-party system contested by groups defined largely by sect or ethnicity. The vote had been set for next year but was brought forward to satisfy protesters who took to...
  • Jake Sullivan, White House national security adviser, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. [Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Israel 'worried' about Vienna talks on Iran nuclear programme

    The head of Israel's National Security Council, Eyal Holata, is scheduled to meet US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Washington next week to discuss Israel's worries about the resumption of the Vienna talks on Iran's nuclear programme, Arab48.com reported on Monday. Israel is apparently working hard to persuade...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2019. - Abbas said he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longterm rivals Hamas, and renewed a pledge to hold the first elections since 2006, but without giving a timeframe. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP) (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

    PA welcomes UK Labour Party's motion on Israeli 'apartheid'

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the passing of a motion at the UK Labour Party conference on Monday that recognised Israel as an "apartheid" state and called for sanctions against it, as well as the immediate recognition of Palestine, Wafa news agency has reported. Abbas said that the...
  • Imprisoned senior Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti

    Barghouti: PA has no authority

    Imprisoned member of Fatah Central Committee, Marwan Barghouti, has said: "the Palestinian Authority (PA) has no authority" adding that the Battle for Jerusalem "revealed the inability and fragility" of the Palestinian political system, Sama news agency reported yesterday. Barghouti also said that the PA "has allowed the Israeli occupation to...
  • Palestinian activist Nizar Banat [@KhaledAbuToameh/Twitter]

    PA arrests key witness in Nizar Banat murder case

    The Palestinian Authority security services arrested on Monday the key witness in the Nizar Banat murder case, local sources have revealed. Banat, a harsh critic of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, was killed by PA security officers in June. "My brother, Hussein Banat, the cousin of Nizar Banat, was arrested...
  • A picture shows the polluted Great Temple of Ptah in the Mit Rahina village (Memphis) near Giza, 35 kms south of Cairo, on October 26, 2010 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Egypt opens largest sewage treatment plant in the world

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday inaugurated the world's largest wastewater treatment plant. The Egyptian presidency said in a statement that 20 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.14 billion) were spent on building and preparing the facility, adding that it has a production capacity of 5.6 million cubic metres a day....
  • Palestinian men remove salvageable items from the bombarded Al-Jawhara Tower in Gaza City's Rimal neighbourhood on May 17, 2021 [ANAS BABA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Gaza demolishing high rise building bombed by Israel

    In cooperation with the UNDP, the Palestinian Ministry of Works has started work to demolish Al-Jawhara Tower which was repeatedly bombed by Israeli occupation forces during the latest offensive on Gaza in May, Anadolu reported yesterday. Al-Jawhara is a nine-story building located in the centre of Gaza City, which housed businesses...
  • Smoke in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province on March 3, 2019 [BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images]

    Airstrikes hit Iran-backed militias in Syria

    Unidentified aircraft hit a base run by Iranian-backed militias in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor near the Iraqi border where Tehran has in the last year expanded its military presence, residents and military sources said yesterday, Reuters reports. They said the strikes were south of the town of Mayadeen along...
  • People raise portraits of the head of the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, as they gather to welcome tankers carrying Iranian fuel, upon their arrival from Syria in the city of Baalbeck, in Lebanon's Bekaa valley, on September 16, 2021 [AFP via Getty Images]

    By ignoring Lebanon's fuel crisis, the Gulf States let Hezbollah lead the way

    Lebanon has had a rough ride over the past year: the failure to secure a viable government; the catastrophic Beirut blast; then the economic crash which caused its currency to go into freefall. On top of all of this looms Hezbollah, which is ever-present within the crumbling Lebanese political...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greet each other during their talks at the Kremlin on March 5, 2020 in Moscow, Russia [Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images]

    Russia, Turkey to discuss developments in Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will discuss the most prominent developments in Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya during their meeting tomorrow, the Kremlin spokesman announced yesterday. Dmitry Peskov said preparations for the meeting were "underway," adding that it would be held in the Russian...
  • More than 300 Iraqis, including tribal leaders, attended a conference in autonomous Kurdistan organised by a US think-tank demanding a normalisation of relations between Baghdad and Israel on September 24, 2021 [SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images]

    Hezbollah condemns Iraqi Kurdistan's Israel normalisation conference

    Lebanese Hezbollah yesterday condemned a normalisation conference held recently in the Iraqi city of Erbil. In an official statement, the group described the event as a "failed attempt to promote the culture of dialogue with the Israeli enemy." The group hailed the judicial procedures taken recently by Iraqi authorities...
  • Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar speaks during the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha on September 12, 2020. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

    Pakistan discussing expansion of CPEC to Afghanistan -ambassador

    Pakistan has discussed Taliban-led Afghanistan joining the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project, the Pakistani ambassador to the country said on Monday, Reuters reported. "Regional connectivity is an important element of our discussion with Afghan leadership and our way forward for our economic interaction with Afghanistan," said Mansoor Ahmad Khan,...
  • Jordanians cross the border at the newly opened Jaber-Naseeb crossing between Jordan and Syria kicking off the movement of passengers and transportation between the two countries on October 15, 2018 in Jaber, Jordan [Jordan Pix/Getty Images]

    Jordan to fully reopen main crossing with Syria this week

    Jordan will fully reopen its main border crossing with Syria from Wednesday, government and industry officials said, as a high-level Syrian team arrived in Amman to discuss how to ease the flow of goods hit by the pandemic and a decade of conflict, Reuters reported. Although the Jaber crossing has been...
  • Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gestures during a function at the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul on 4 August 2021. [SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images]

    After pro-Taliban post, ex-Afghan leader says Facebook account hacked

    Afghanistan's former president on Monday said his Facebook account has been hacked after a message in support of the Taliban was posted on the verified page, Anadolu Agency reported. "Urgent. The official Facebook page of Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been hacked. Until it is recovered, the content posted on the...
  • Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, Ghulam M. Isaczai speaks during a UN security council meeting on Afghanistan on August 16, 2021 at the United Nations in New York. - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called on the world to work together on August 16, 2021 to "suppress the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan." "The international community must unite to make sure that Afghanistan is never again used as a platform or safe haven for terrorist organizations," Guterres told an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

    Afghanistan to not address UN General Assembly Monday

    No representative from Afghanistan will address the UN General Assembly on Monday, according to a report, Anadolu Agency reported. Afghanistan's current UN Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai, who represents the former government before the Taliban takeover, had been due to speak to world leaders later in the day. But Isaczai's staff told the...
  • Jordan's Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II addresses the U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2017 in New York, New York [Kevin Hagen/Getty Images]

    Jordan crown prince contracts covid

    Jordan said today that Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah had contracted coronavirus, Reuters reports. "His Highness Prince Hussein, who had received the vaccine against the coronavirus, showed mild symptoms and is in very good health," the Royal Court said in a statement. King Abdullah and Queen Rania will be subject...
  • Nemi El-Hassan [@Nemi_Elh/Twitter]

    Support rising for journalist sacked for joining pro-Palestine protest in Germany

    Nearly 400 journalists, academics, and cultural figures signed a letter of solidarity with journalist Nemi El-Hassan, after she was axed by Germany's WDR channel for attending a Palestinian solidarity demonstration in 2014. Twenty-eight-year-old El-Hassan attended the Al-Quds march in solidarity with Palestinians in 2014, when she was 20 years old....
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on September 5, 2021 [SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

    Iran crossed all 'red lines', Israel PM tells UN

    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said today that Iran had crossed "all red lines" in its nuclear programme and vowed that Israel would not allow Tehran to acquire a nuclear weapon, Reuters reports. In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Bennett said Iran sought to dominate the Middle...
  • A tourist takes a 'selfie' against a view of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Saint Sabbas (Mar Saba), overlooking the Kidron valley, south of the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, on March 6, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

    Palestine tourism revenue continues to fall

    Palestine's tourism revenue has continued to fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials have confirmed. There was an estimated loss of $1.5 billion last year, they added on World Tourism Day. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities the impact...
  • Australian and American flags sit on the table during a meeting between Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon on September 22, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia [Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

    There is a fine line between a cold war and open warfare

    When Australia cancelled its French submarine deal and replaced it with a US nuclear submarine deal, Switzerland followed a similar path, deciding to buy the F-35 aircraft from America instead of France's Dassault Rafale combat aircraft. Less than 24 hours later, Romania announced that it no longer wanted to...
  • Prime minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok in Sudan on 8 February 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan: army suspends meetings with transitional government

    The military arm of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council has suspended all of its scheduled meetings with the civil side, local media reported on Sunday. News has also emerged that security guards have been withdrawn from their ministerial protection role. The head of the Sovereignty Council is military commander Abdel...
  • Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in Tunis, Tunisia on 1 September 2019 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Marzouki calls on the Tunisia army to abandon President Saied

    Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called on the army and security forces to abandon the current President, Kais Saied, until he can be "isolated and put on trial." Taking to Facebook, Marzouki wrote: "To the lurking dictator: Tunisians cannot be ruled by decrees, but by laws, institutions, and the...
  • Bahraini men hold up a national flag [MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP via Getty Images]

    Bahrain to double VAT, sources say

    Bahrain's government sent a draft bill to parliament for approval to amend the value-added tax rate, currently at five per cent, from next January, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said today. Reuters reported the BNA did not say whether the amendment referred to a hike or a cut in the rate. But a...
  • Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) meets with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara [UMIT BEKTAS/AFP via Getty Images]

    UAE's wealth fund seeks to invest in Turkey, report says

    Investment funds in Abu Dhabi are looking for investment avenues in Turkey, Bloomberg reports. According to the report, the negotiation meetings between the funds from the United Arab Emirates and companies in Turkey have been ongoing for months. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the emirate's biggest wealth fund, is among the...
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    UK Labour Party votes for motion calling Israel an apartheid state

    The UK Labour Party Conference has today voted in favour of a motion to identify Israel as a state practicing the crime of apartheid, making it the first major political party in Europe to adopt such a position. The motion commits the Labour party to implementing sanctions including ceasing...
  • A general view shows the ravaged port of Lebanon's capital Beirut, on September 14, 2021 [JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images]

    Beirut port probe stalls after judge's impartiality questioned

    A probe into the catastrophic explosion at Beirut port was frozen today when a former minister wanted for questioning as a suspect filed a case questioning the lead investigator's neutrality, a judicial source said, Reuters reports. The 4 August 2020 Beirut port blast killed more than 200 people, injured thousands, and destroyed...
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