Lebanese Judge Charges 68 Over Deadly Beirut Clash
BEIRUT: A Lebanese judge has charged 68 people in this month’s deadly clash in Beirut that left seven people dead and dozens wounded, the state news agency reported Monday. The clash south of Beirut on Oct. 14 was the worst fighting in the capital in years and broke out... Read more
Houthi’s Boat Attacks Pose Threat To Global Trade Lines at Red Sea
DUBAI: The Houthi militia’s planned attacks using explosive-rigged boats in the Red Sea pose a threat to global maritime trade lines in the area, Yemen’s information, culture and tourism minister Moammar Al-Eryani warned. The Arab coalition earlier said it destroyed four Houthi boats loaded with explosives during an airstrike... Read more
Israel Designates Six Palestinian Civil Society Groups As Terrorists
TEL AVIV: Israel on Friday designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations and accused them of funnelling donor aid to militants. The charge was rejected by human rights watchdogs who said the move will stifle monitoring of potential abuses. The designations authorize Israeli authorities to close the... Read more
France Urges Iran To Curb Nuclear Activity, Resume Talks
PARIS/JEDDAH: France on Friday urged Iran to curb nuclear activities of “unprecedented gravity” as US and European envoys met to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal. US envoy Robert Malley joined counterparts from France, Britain and Germany at the meetings in Paris, at what... Read more
Syria Constitution Talks Stall at UN
GENEVA: Talks on a new constitution for Syria this week ended in disappointment, the United Nations mediator concluded Friday, and without a proper understanding on how to move the process forward. The sixth round of discussions between 15 representatives each from President Bashar Assad’s government, the opposition, and from... Read more
Lebanon’s Hezbollah Warns Israel Against Drilling in Disputed Maritime Border Area
BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Friday warned Israel against drilling for oil and gas in the disputed maritime border area between the two countries until the issue is resolved, and said the Iran-backed group would take action if it did so. “If the enemy thinks they can... Read more
Iran Nuclear Talks ‘On Life Support’ as Tehran Drags Feet
LONDON: Talks to rein in Iran’s nuclear arms program are on the verge of collapse, an anonymous source from a government involved in the negotiations has told The Independent. Talks that had been continuing in Vienna earlier this year ground to a halt when Iran elected its new president,... Read more
More Than 90 Houthis Killed, 16 Military Vehicles Destroyed in Coalition Strikes on Jubah and Al-Kassarah
JEDDAH: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Friday it had killed at least 92 Houthi rebels in airstrikes on two districts near the strategic city of Marib. The deaths are the latest among hundreds that the coalition says have been killed in recent fighting around Marib, and... Read more
Six Loyalist Fighters Killed in Syria Arms Depot Blast: Monitor
BEIRUT: Six members of a pro-government militia were killed Wednesday in an arms depot blast in the central Syrian province of Hama, a war monitor reported. Seven other members of the National Defense Forces militia were wounded in the blast, the cause of which remains largely unclear, the Britain-based... Read more
Kuwait’s Emir Launches Process For Amnesty Pardoning Dissidents
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s ruling emir on Wednesday paved the way for an amnesty pardoning dissidents that has been a major condition of opposition lawmakers to end a months-long standoff with the appointed government that has paralyzed legislative work. Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah tasked the parliament speaker, the prime minister... Read more