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Settlers Attack Palestinians in Revenge for Running Over Jewish Woman

Dozens of residents of Eli settlement broke into Wadi Ali area of al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, located 20 kilometers south of Nablus, early on Friday and cut down 200 trees, Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring Israel's settlement expansion activities, said.

Profits of Industrial Investment Companies Jump 57% in Saudi Arabia

Industrial investment companies, whose shares are listed in the Saudi exchange market, achieved a remarkable leap on the level of profits during the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. According to results, profits of industrial investment companies grew 57 percent while the a

Egypt’s Central Bank Maintains Key Interest Rates

Egypt’s central bank left its main interest rates unchanged, saying a second quarter of strong GDP growth and an expected decline in inflation to single digits meant its monetary targets were on course. The bank kept its deposit rate at 16.75 percent and the overnight lending rate at 17.75 percen

Iraqi Girls Take Up Swimming in ISIS-Free Mosul

Her father and grandfather gained fame in the pool.

Syria Ties Further Complicate Lebanon’s Cabinet Formation Process

The Lebanese government formation crisis has grown after demands by some parties for bigger shares - seen as the main obstacle - were topped by calls for an agreement on the normalization of relations with Syria as part of the cabinet’s policy statement. Sources informed of President Michel Aoun’

Yemeni Government: GPC Won’t Be Independent in Any Consultation

Delegations representing the legitimate Yemeni government and the Houthis are heading on September 6 for UN-sponsored consultations in Geneva. A debate has started among Yemenis on whether the General People’s Congress (GPC) will fail to participate as an independent component in these talks.

What Next in Syria's Idlib?

Syria's northern province of Idlib is home to the last major rebel bastion in the country, and part of it could be the next target of Russian-backed government forces. An operation looks imminent but may be limited in scope, giving more time for a deal with Turkey, which also has forces deployed

Houthis Transform UN Warehouse in Hodeidah into Military Barracks

Reeling from losses in the west coast, armed Houthis attacked Wednesday a food warehouse used by a UN aid organization in Ad Durayhimi south of Hodeidah, and transformed it into a military barracks, UN and local Yemeni sources said. There has been conflicting information regarding the incident.

Over 2 Mn Pilgrims Perform Friday Prayers in Two Holy Mosques

More than two million pilgrims and worshipers attended Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque on Friday amidst integrated services and arrangements prepared by the two mosques' General Presidency to greet pilgrims. “God has ordained Hajj for his people and made it full of pur

Tunisia’s Economy Grows 2.6% in H1 2018

Tunisia’s national economy grew 2.6 percent in the first half of this year, compared to 1.9 percent in the same period of 2017, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) has said. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) also grew 2.8 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same p

Q&A: The Hajj Pilgrimage and Its Significance in Islam

More than 1.6 million Muslims from around the world are beginning the five-day hajj pilgrimage on Sunday.

Iraq: Expectations on Formation of Largest Parliamentary Bloc Soon

The deadlock on the formation of the biggest parliamentary bloc to nominate the prime minister has entered its fourth month with no solutions in sight despite early announcements on forming blocs and understandings among a number of political parties. Disputes among the same Iraqi political blocs

UN Chief Proposes Options for Improved Palestinian Protection

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented four options aimed at boosting the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories, from the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, to expanding UN assistance. The proposals were contained in a report reque

Riachi to Asharq Al-Awsat: Normalization with Syria is Part of Attempts to Delay Cabinet

Caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi has warned against further details in the formation of the Lebanese government, slamming attempts to normalize relations with Syria as part of efforts exerted by some parties to prolong the cabinet stalemate. The government formation deadlock has enter

Egypt Reassures Abbas... Hamas- Israel Truce in 'Final Stretch'

Egypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal based on 2014 Agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions, said reliable sources to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Exclusive - Trump and Iran: Regime Change or Change of Behavior

Setting up a special task force on Iran, President Donald Trump attempts to sort out three problems in shaping his new strategy on the Islamic Republic. The first problem concerns the continued presence in various parts of the US government, including the State Department, the White House, the Pe

Mature and Motivated: Aleksandar Mitrovic Ready to Fire for Fulham

It was the equivalent of having a bucket of water chucked over your head on the first day at big school. Fulham took on Crystal Palace last Saturday in their return to the Premier League after four years away. They dominated possession, with an 88% pass completion rate, had 15 shots on goal ...

Super Cup Defeat Adds to Real Madrid’s Post-Ronaldo Narrative of Negativity

It was only the Uefa Super Cup. It was only a defeat in extra time. Real Madrid won this competition last year and that meant very little for a disappointing league season which in turn meant very little for a triumphant Champions League campaign.

Yazidi Woman Returns to Iraq after Seeing her Captor in Germany

A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her ISIS captor who held her as ex slave for three months. Ashwaq Haji, 19, says she ran into the man in a German supermarket in February.

Aboul Gheit to Asharq Al-Awsat: Budget Crisis Threatens Arab League Activities

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit has warned that the organization’s financial crisis has been worsening for the past years, saying some of its activities could come to a stop if member states do not make their contributions. “The situation of the Arab League is much worse th

Otaibi to Asharq Al-Awsat: Palestine is a Priority, Iran Should Stop its Interference

Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mansour Al-Otaibi has said that the Palestinian cause remains a priority for Arab countries, and called on Iran to stop interfering in their internal affairs. Otaibi, whose country is a non-permanent members of the Security Council since the start of 2018