Is Beirut the new design hub of the Middle East?

Is Beirut the new design hub of the Middle East?

Lebanon’s first UX and design conference drew international crowds and big names   Lebanon’s first user experience conference took place on May 10-11, 2018 in the historic American University of Beirut. The new event ​puts ​Beirut ​on ​the ​map ​as ​a ​hub ​of digital ​innovation ​and ​entrepreneurship. UX and digital innovation experts from Google, IBM, […]

Italy's Salvini calls for European anti-migrant alliance

Italy's Salvini calls for European anti-migrant alliance

Italy’s hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called for a Europe-wide alliance against “mass immigration” at a triumphant annual gathering of his far-right League party on Sunday.  In a keynote speech at the League’s annual gathering in countryside town of Pontida, north of Milan, Salvini said the League would govern Italy for the next 30 years, […]

Hodeidah offensive paused as Houthis talk withdrawal

Hodeidah offensive paused as Houthis talk withdrawal

A Yemeni fighter from the “Giants” Brigades, loyal to the Saudi-backed government, during the offensive to seize the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. (AFP) The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday it has paused the UAE-backed offensive on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah because of UN-brokered talks for Houthi rebels to withdraw.  UAE […]

Pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat closes office in birthplace Beirut

Pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat closes office in birthplace Beirut

A Saudi man looks at pictures in the al-Hayat paper on 4 October 2005. (AFP) Seven decades after it was founded in Beirut, the prestigious pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat closed its bureau in the Lebanese capital on Saturday.  The Saudi-owned newspaper cited “financial reasons” for the closure of all of its foreign offices, as its headquarters is […]

Abu Dhabi tops smart city rankings in Middle East

Abu Dhabi tops smart city rankings in Middle East

Abu Dhabi ranked first in the region ahead of Dubai. Abu Dhabi has been ranked top on a list of cities in Africa and the Middle East in the McKinsey Global Institute study ‘Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future’. The study looked at how cities all over the world use […]

UN: Yemen gearing-up for 'overall political solution'

UN: Yemen gearing-up for 'overall political solution'

The Houthis have agreed, along with the Yemen government, to provide the UN operational responsibility for the Hudaydah port and to negotiate over the Yemen civil war, the UN revealed in an interview. “It was clear to me that the issue of Hudaydah is intrinsically tied up with the restart of political negotiations,” Martin Griffiths, […]

Haftar's forces say they have captured Libyan city of Derna

Haftar's forces say they have captured Libyan city of Derna

Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar declared victory on Thursday against rivals including local fighters and Islamists in the city of Derna, the last bastion of opposition against him in the east of the country, Reuters reports. Taking Derna, a city of 125,000 about 265 km (165 miles) west of Libya’s border with Egypt, marks an important step […]

Prince William visits holy sites in Jerusalem during historic Middle East tour

Prince William visits holy sites in Jerusalem during historic Middle East tour

June 28th, 2018 Prince William, who is wrapping up his historic trip to the Middle East this week, travelled to several religious sites, including Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque and the Western Wall, where he was photographed taking a moment for silent reflection. This comes after William met with several Israeli leaders this week and shook hands […]

Next Middle East War Is Most Likely to Start In These Places, According to New Report

Next Middle East War Is Most Likely to Start In These Places, According to New Report

Escalating violence in two nations may threaten to plunge the already restive Middle East into a deeper conflict involving regional and international powers, according to the latest report by a leading monitor. The Belgium-based International Crisis Group describes its “U.S.-Iran Trigger List” as “an early-warning platform to monitor, analyze and provide regular updates on key and increasingly flashpoints between […]

Israel reverses ban on Indonesia tourists

Israel reverses ban on Indonesia tourists

Israel today reversed a ban on Indonesian passport holders, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. In a statement, the ministry said the move followed contacts between Israeli authorities and “international channels”. According to the statement, restrictions on visits by Israeli nationals to Indonesia have also been lifted. On 9 June, Israel barred Indonesian passport holders […]

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