13 killed, dozens hurt in latest bout of Tripoli fighting, says Libyan ministry

13 killed, dozens hurt in latest bout of Tripoli fighting, says Libyan ministry

BEIRUT: The plan was that heads of state from the Arab world would arrive in Beirut to discuss economic and social development. But like much in Lebanon at the moment, it did not go according to plan. To begin with, only two heads of state — from Mauritania and Somalia — are attending the Arab […]

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Tunisian union calls new nationwide strike to press wage demands

Tunisian union calls new nationwide strike to press wage demands

TUNIS: Tunisia’s powerful UGTT union called on Saturday for another national strike for two days next month to press its demand for higher wages for 670,000 public servants, the UGTT chief said. Rail, bus and air traffic and all services stopped in Tunisia and street protests drew thousands on Thursday in a one-day nationwide strike […]

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Houthi militia ‘must respect neutrality of aid workers’

Houthi militia ‘must respect neutrality of aid workers’

article author:  AP Author:  Sat, 2019-01-19 00:37  NEW YORK: UN experts monitoring sanctions against Yemen are recommending that the Security Council urge the Houthis to respect the neutrality and independence of humanitarian workers. The Associated Press has obtained the nine recommendations the panel of experts made in their latest report to the council. Main category:  […]

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Syrian refugees wade through their worst Lebanese winter

Syrian refugees wade through their worst Lebanese winter

DELHAMIYEH, Lebanon: Snowstorms and weeks of bad weather have turned Lebanon’s lush Bekaa Valley into an unliveable swamp for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. The Litani River flooded many of the fields stretching across the two majestic mountain ranges flanking the Bekaa after this year’s second major storm hit on Wednesday. Some families had barely […]

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Sudan protesters, police clash as anti-Bashir unrest spreads

Sudan protesters, police clash as anti-Bashir unrest spreads

KHARTOUM: Stone-throwing Sudanese demonstrators battled security forces in Khartoum on Thursday, witnesses said, and a child and a doctor were reported killed at the start of a fifth week of protests against President Omar Al-Bashir’s 30-year rule.Protests also broke out in six other cities in some of the most widespread disturbances since the unrest began […]

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Militants kidnap Christian in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Militants kidnap Christian in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

CAIRO: Extremist militants on Thursday kidnapped a Christian man traveling in a taxi in the turbulent north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to security officials, an incident that raises the specter of renewed attacks on minority Christians in the region after a two-year lull. The officials did not identify the man, but said police pursued […]

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New envoy stresses need for UN-backed solution to Syria war

New envoy stresses need for UN-backed solution to Syria war

DAMASCUS: The new UN envoy to Syria ended his first visit to the war-torn country Thursday, stressing the need for a UN-brokered political solution to the eight-year conflict.Geir Pedersen, a seasoned Norwegian diplomat, concluded his three-day visit and headed to the Lebanese capital Beirut, a UN source told AFP.The new envoy on Twitter late Wednesday […]

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Sudan protests rumble on as Bashir remains defiant

Sudan protests rumble on as Bashir remains defiant

KHARTOUM: One month after protests erupted across Sudan against rising bread prices, anti-government demonstrations have turned into daily rallies against a defiant President Omar al-Bashir who has rejected calls to resign.Protest organisers have called for a march on the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum on Thursday, along with simultaneous demonstrations in several other cities.Authorities […]

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Iran vows to keep military forces in Syria despite Israeli threats

BEIRUT/QAMISHLI, Lebanon: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday it was ready to help create a safe zone suggested by US President Donald Trump in its region across north and east Syria. Meanwhile, a bomb attack claimed by Daesh killed US troops in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after Trump said group was […]

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Iran must provide care to detainees on hunger strike: UN experts

Iran must provide care to detainees on hunger strike: UN experts

GENEVA: UN human rights experts urged Iran on Wednesday to grant urgently needed medical attention to two detainees, including British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who launched a hunger strike over a lack of care.The six UN experts also appealed on behalf of Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, who was arrested in 2015 and jailed for […]

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