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Lebanon’s Saad Hariri to visit Egypt on Tuesday

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Tuesday, Hariri's office said on Sunday. Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for its Independence Day celebrations. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri’s resignation until it is delivered in person and all sides in Beirut have called for ...

Israeli Jews hold rare prayers at West Bank holy site

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Hundreds of Israeli Jews held a rare prayers session by a mosque in a Palestinian village on the occupied West Bank early Sunday, an AFP photographer said. The Israeli army accompanied buses carrying over 300 ultra-Orthodox men, mostly from the Breslov Hassidic sect, to Younis mosque in Halhul, north of Hebron, where according to Jewish tradition biblical prophets Gad and Nathan are buried. One worshipper told AFP it was the first time in 18 years that Jews were allowed to pray at the site, deep ...

Iran, Russia and Turkey diplomats meet ahead of Syria summit

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met on Sunday morning in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran and in the southern Turkish city for the closed-door meeting, an official said. He declined to provide further details on the meeting, which comes as violence is diminishing in Syria’s ...

Advisor to Iranian general Qassem Suleimani killed in eastern Syria

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Khairallah Samadi, a consultant of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, was killed after he was injured by a mortar splinter during battles between Syrian regime forces and ISIS in Albu Kamal, east of Syria, Iranian media outlets reported. Samadi was a retired member of Ansar al-Mahdi Brigade in Zanjan, north of Iran, and he participated in the Iranian-Iraqi war between 1980 and 1988, the Iranian reports added.  

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians

Saturday, 18 November 2017

At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.Ten of the victims were killed by air strikes and another four died in rocket fire, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.It said another 40 people were wounded and the death toll was likely to rise.At a medical center near the town of Hazza, an AFP photographer saw wounded children and a child’s body ...

Palestinians reject ‘extortion’ in face of US move to close mission

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians will not give in to “extortion” after a US threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington. In an interview on Palestine Radio on Saturday, Riad Malki said the Palestinians are waiting for further communication from the US government. “The ball is now in the American court,” he said. US officials, citing US law, said on Friday that the Trump administration has put the Palestinians on notice that it will shutter ...

Syria troops, allies retake most of last ISIS-held town

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced on Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the ISIS group’s last urban stronghold in the country. The town in Syria’s oil-rich Deir Ezzor province has changed hands several times, with government troops announcing its capture but losing it to a blistering ISIS counter-attack a week ago. Syria’s army and Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi loyalists re-entered Albu Kamal two days ago and by Saturday had ...

Gaza border opens under PA control for first time in a decade

Saturday, 18 November 2017

 The Egypt-Gaza border opened under control of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, raising residents’ hopes for easier passage in and out of the impoverished enclave. An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal last month formally restored Palestinian President Abbas’s administrative control of Gaza, including its border crossings with Israel and Egypt, after a 10-year schism with Islamist Hamas. Palestinians hope the pact will ease ...

Hariri: I’ll be in Lebanon to mark Independence Day on Wednesday

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saad Hariri has said he plans on traveling back to Lebanon by Wednesday in time for his country’s independence day celebrations. Hariri, speaking to reporters after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said he will be speaking with Lebanese President Michel Aoun upon his arrival and discuss the matter of his recent resignation as prime minister. Lebanon will mark Independence Day on Wednesday and there have been concerns about whether Hariri will attend the annual ...

Saudi relief official: Yemeni ports controlled by legitimate forces are open

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah has confirmed that Yemeni ports under legitimate forces control are open for humanitarian aid to Yemen. READ ALSO: Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen airports and seaports after brief closure Over the last two and a half years Saudi Arabia has provided major aid for the Yemeni people, said Rabeeah during a high-level meeting on Friday in Rome for cooperation towards continued peace in Yemen. The ...

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