UN Warned Its Credibility Is At Stake Over The Palestinian Question
NEW YORK: There is more at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than peace and security in the Middle East, according to Abdulla Shahid, the president of the UN General Assembly. The reputation of the global community and its ability to work together to resolve international disputes, in keeping with... Read more
Unvaccinated Expats In Jordan Face Strict Measures, Including Deportation
DUBAI: Foreign workers who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 15 face strict measures from the government, including deportation. “The decision aims to protect public health, noting that prompting foreign workers to get vaccinated protects them against future infections and disease transmission,” a report from state... Read more
Arab Coalition Carries Out Air Strikes On Military Targets In Sanaa, Saada
DUBAI: The Arab coalition on Thursday carried out air strikes on military targets in Yemen’s Sanaa and Saada, Al-Arabiya TV reported. It further called on civilians not to approach the targeted sites. The coalition said the operation in Sanaa targeted one of the main stores of weapons and other... Read more
Iraq’s ‘Wasta’ System Favors Lucky Few, Frustrates Many
BAGHDAD: Abu Zeinab says only one of his five adult children has a job, and he only got it through “wasta,” the system of “who you know” that is Iraq’s pervasive scourge. The practice has fueled frustration, mass anti-government protests and waves of emigration from the oil-rich, war-scarred and... Read more
Turkish Opposition Politician Arrested For Alleged Espionage
ANKARA: Turkish authorities have arrested a prominent member of an opposition party over accusations that he engaged in “political and military espionage,” Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. Anadolu Agency said late Monday that a court in Ankara ordered Metin Gurcan, a retired army officer and founding member of the... Read more
UN Agency For Palestinian Refugees Faces Funding Crisis
AMMAN:The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday it was unable to pay its 28,000 employees on time this month because of a major funding crisis, warning of potential cuts in vital services to millions of people amid a global pandemic. UNRWA runs schools, clinics and... Read more
Those Guilty Of Chemical Attacks Must Be Held Accountable, Says UN Chief
NEW YORK: The perpetrators of chemical-weapon attacks must be identified and held accountable for their actions, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. His comments came as he opened the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other... Read more
Lebanese Protesters Block Roads Over Economic Meltdown
BEIRUT: Demonstrators blocked roads across parts of Lebanon on Monday in protest at the country’s economic meltdown, days after its currency sank to new lows. There has been little progress since Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government was appointed in September after more than a year of political deadlock. Roads... Read more
Arab Coalition Targets Iran Revolutionary Guard Experts In Sanaa
RIYADH: The Arab coalition struck Iranian Revolutionary Guard experts in Yemen’s capital, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The coalition asked civilians in Sanaa not to gather near the targeted sites. The operation complies with international humanitarian law and its customary rules, the coalition said. The coalition has hit a... Read more
Lebanon’s President In Qatar For Talks Over Gulf Crisis
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s president arrived in Qatar Monday for the opening ceremony of an Arab soccer tournament amid — and for talks on an precedented diplomatic crisis between Beirut and oil-rich Gulf nations. President Michel Aoun’s face-to-face meetings with the emir of Qatar and other Qatari officials come as Lebanon... Read more