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 […]

Yemenis in Hodeidah cool under pressure, despite approaching storm

Yemenis in Hodeidah cool under pressure, despite approaching storm

A street vendor sells vegetables in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen, on 14 June 2018. (Reuters) TAIZ, Yemen – The sounds of air strikes, explosions and artillery have moved closer and closer towards Hodeidah city in recent days. Residents of Hodeidah’s outskirts, which have witnessed intense battles as pro-Yemeni government forces close […]

Tehran's traders go on strike in protest against economic situation

Tehran's traders go on strike in protest against economic situation

Traders in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar protest against the deteriorating economic situation, Monday. The Iranian Fars News Agency described this protest as peaceful though several sources stated that Iranian police forces were deployed. Some traders, particularly wholesale merchants, asserted fluctuations in the exchange rate had greatly affected them in terms of values of both imported and […]

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