Lebanese Parliament Confirms Holding Parliamentary Elections on March 27
BEIRUT: The Lebanese parliament voted on Thursday to hold legislative elections on March 27, confirming an earlier vote last week that had been challenged by President Michel Aoun. The body originally voted on Oct. 19 to hold the election at that time but President Aoun sent the law back... Read more
EgyptAir Resumes Flights Between Luxor, Sharm El-Sheikh After 6-year Hiatus
CAIRO: After a six-year hiatus, EgyptAir has resumed flights between the cities of Sharm El-Sheikh and Luxor to encourage domestic tourism. The decision came after the ministers of aviation and tourism met to discuss ways to promote tourism in Egypt. Flights between the two cities were halted in 2015... Read more
Egypt’s Supply Minister Says New Price For Bread ‘Will Take Time’
CAIRO: Egypt’s supply minister Ali Moselhy said on Thursday deciding a new price for subsidized bread “will take time.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in August said it was time to increase the price of the country’s subsidized bread, revisiting the issue for the first time since 1977 when... Read more
Saudi Arabia Issues Calming Statement As Lebanese Tensions Rise Over Port Explosion Case
BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed Bukhari told Lebanese religious figures on Tuesday that the Kingdom “cares for Lebanon’s security, stability, institutions and co-existence between Christians and Muslims.” The Saudi embassy’s media office said: “There is no legitimacy for the discourse of strife, nor for one that goes... Read more
Iraq Blames Iran For Drastic Decline In River Flow
DARBANDIKHAN, Iraq: Iraqi officials warned Tuesday of a drastic drop in the flow of water in a river from Iran due to low rainfall and dam-building in the neighboring Islamic republic. The Sirwan river begins in Iran, flowing to Darbandikhan Dam in northeastern Iraq before going through the rural... Read more
UN Says Israel Move Designating Palestinian Groups as ‘Terrorist Organizations’ Unjustified
GENEVA: Israel’s designation of six leading Palestinian civil society groups as outlawed “terrorist organizations” is an unjustified attack, the UN human rights chief said Tuesday. The Jewish state said its move last week was due to their alleged financing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. It... Read more
Lebanon Top Politicians Agree Solution To Political Tensions, Cleric Says
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s top Christian cleric on Tuesday said the country’s three leading politicians agreed to a “solution” to political tensions and government paralysis tied to high-profile judicial investigations. “There is a constitutional and legal solution to the current crisis,” Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai said during a news conference... Read more
Possible Cyberattack Hits Iranian Gas Stations Across Nation
DUBAI: Gas stations across Iran on Tuesday suffered through a widespread outage of a government system managing fuel subsidies, stopping sales in an incident that one semiofficial news agency briefly referred to as a cyberattack. An Iranian state television account online shared images of long lines of cars waiting... Read more
Israel Envoy To Brief US Over Ban On Palestinian Groups
TEL AVIV: Israel is sending an envoy to Washington amid a deepening rift with the Biden administration over six outlawed Palestinian rights groups, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. Israel last week designated the prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, sparking international criticism and repeated assertions by... Read more
Egypt, Greek Air Forces Complete Training Exercise
The Egyptian and Greek air forces completed a training exercise using combat aircraft at a Greek air base. According to a statement by Egypt’s military spokesman, the training included a number of joint flights, training on long-range air operations, experience exchanges and training in managing air operations. It came... Read more