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Trump Says ‘A Lot of Progress’ Made with Iran, Wants it ‘out of Yemen’

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday “a lot of progress” had been made toward ending a volatile stand-off with Iran, adding that he wants it “out of Yemen.” The surprising disclosures came hours after Iran’s supreme leader upped the ante in the brewing confrontation by warning Tehran would c

Lebanese Parliament Convenes on Budget amid Tight Security

Under tight security, Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday began discussing the draft 2019 state budget that aims to avert a financial crisis in the heavily indebted country by raising taxes and cutting public spending. The discussions were held amid limited protests against proposed austerity measures,

King Salman Travels to NEOM

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in Tuesday in NEOM on a private vacation, reported the Saudi Press Agency. He was received at NEOM Bay Airport by Governor of the Tabuk region Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz and numerous princes and dignitaries.

Saudi Arabia Renews Rejection of Doha Claims of Impeding Qatari Hajj Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia reiterated on Tuesday its rejection of Doha’s allegations that the Saudi government was placing obstacles for Qataris seeking to perform this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired a cabinet meeting in Jeddah.

Palestinians Protest Lebanon Crackdown on Unlicensed Foreign Workers

A couple of hundred Palestinian refugees protested Tuesday in the streets of Beirut against Lebanon's Labor Ministry cracking down on businesses employing foreign workers without a permit. They and dozens of demonstrators in Palestinian refugee camps in the capital, as well as the south and east

Egypt Launches Second Edition of Investment Map

Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) launched the second edition of the country’s cross-sector investment map on Monday. Cairo's cross-sector investment map includes new 2,000 investment opportunities in addition to 10,000 opportunities that were already in the firs

Khamenei: Iran to Respond to Britain’s Piracy of Oil Tanker

Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei vowed to Tuesday that Tehran will respond to Britain’s impounding of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar earlier this month. “Evil Britain commits piracy and steals our ship ... and gives it a legal appearance.

MENA Needs to Invest $209 Bn in Electricity Over the Next 5 years

The MENA region will need to invest close to $209 billion over the next five years, of which 32 percent will be in transmission and distribution, announced Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP). In a report published recently, APICORP said that the region will require the addition of 8

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood is Source of World’s Extremist Organizations

Egypt said all takfiri groups stem from the same extremist ideological source established by the Muslim Brotherhood organization, stressing the need to continue efforts to address terrorism in all its forms.

SAMI Acquires ‘Aircraft Accessories, Components Company’

The Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has announced acquiring majority stake ownership of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC), which will help it expand the scope of services it provides, invest in national capabilities and access new markets. This move comes in line wi

UN Envoy to Asharq Al-Awsat: Sudan Transition Will Be Fragile and Need Military Protection

United Nations Secretary-General's special adviser on Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, revealed that the international community has thrown its weight behind the African Union initiative on the transition of power following the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir.

Rights Group: Civilians Pay Human Cost of Yemen's War

A Yemeni human rights group said civilians are paying the human cost of the country's five-year war. In a report released on Tuesday in Paris, Mwatana for Human Rights said humanitarian aid has been blocked at a time of impending famine and civilians can no longer move around the country freely

Morocco Household Confidence Index Continues to Drop

The Moroccan household confidence index fell to 74.9 points in the second quarter of this year, from 79.1 points in the previous quarter and 87.3 points recorded in the second quarter of last year. Morocco's High Commission for Planning (HCP) carried out the Permanent Household Status Survey that

Algerian Courts Dedicate themselves to Fight Corruption

For weeks, the Algerian judiciary has been dedicating itself to fight corruption in the country. It tasked judges with the mission to track down those involved in bribery and waste of public money among local executives, contractors and businessmen, who have amassed huge wealth from government de

KSrelief Signs Health Contract for Disabled Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) signed in Riyadh on Saturday a contract to provide health, medical and psychosocial care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon with a total value of $1 million and 105 thousand, benefiting 6,000 people. The contract was signed by Assistant Superv

Bahrain Slams Latest Qatari Conspiracy against it

Bahrain slammed on Tuesday the latest conspiracy by Qatar against it in wake of the airing of a television program by the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera channel. The "What is hidden is more immense" program aired on Sunday in what a Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF) spokesman said was the latest chapter of it

Contract Extended for 'MASAM' Landmine Clearance Project in Yemen

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has extended the contract for implementation of its "MASAM" Landmine Clearance Project in Yemeni territories with an amount of $ 30,944,922 for one year, being carried out by Saudi cadres and international expertise, to clear all forms of mi

Hezbollah Withdraws its Troops towards Syrian-Lebanese Borders

Hezbollah has in the past few days deployed its troops in new areas in the western Qalamoun district in the Damascus countryside, after the forces withdrew from different areas where the Lebanese party was located inside Syrian territory, sources said on Monday. Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan

Iran State TV: Road Accidents Killed 18, Injured 14

Iran’s state TV reported that 18 people were killed and 14 injured in two separate road accidents in the country. The report stated that both accidents took place on Tuesday. 11 died after a minibus plunged into a ravine in a valley in the central province of Isfahan, the TV said.

UAE Reiterates Commitment to Peace, Security in Yemen

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, underscored Monday that preserving Yemen's security and stability and supporting its people were part of the established pillars of the UAE policy since the time of the late founding f

Security Council Extends Mandate of UN Mission in Hodeidah

The United Nations Security Council voted on Monday to extend the mandate of the organization’s mission to support a peace deal in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah. Its mission will be extended an additional six months and end on January 2020. The council called for the implementation of the agre

Iraq: National Wisdom Movement Prepares for Mass Demonstrations

Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement, led by Ammar al-Hakim, is planning to call for mass demonstrations next Friday in most of the provinces to protest failure in handling government’s work and corruption. The Movement is threatening protests might later become “civil disobedience” if the legitimate

Iraq PM Receives Palestinian Counterpart, Rejects ‘Deal of Century’

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his rejection of the yet-undisclosed US peace plan – known as the “deal of the century” - aimed at resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Abdul Mahdi received in Baghdad on Monday his Palestinian counterpart, Mohammed Shtayyeh, who was in the I

Kuwait Officially Extradites 'Muslim Brotherhood' Members to Egypt

Kuwait has officially announced extraditing members of the "Muslim Brotherhood", who were arrested last Friday, to Egypt to be handed over to authorities. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah said Sunday defendants had been deported to Cairo in line with a 2017 extradition agreement between

Erdogan Hails Delivery of S-400 System to Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed on Monday Russia’s delivery of the S-400 missile defense system despite repeated US calls on Turkey to cancel the deal or face sanctions. "We have begun to receive our S-400s. Some said, 'they cannot buy them'...

Battle for Tripoli Enters Second Phase as LNA Pushes More Reinforcements

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced the launch of the second phase of its operation to liberate Tripoli from criminal and terrorist militias. The army, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, had kicked off the operation on April 4. It brought in further reinforcements on all fronts to back the seco

How to Organize Your Messy Contacts List

When was the last time you memorized a phone number? Thanks to smartphones and the internet, you can stuff hundreds of numbers and email and mailing addresses into your pocket without a second thought.

Parliamentary Immunity Does Not Protect Hezbollah MPs From US Sanctions

The political and legal repercussions of the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department against Hezbollah deputies and officials have not yet crystallized, pushing the party to express, for the first time, its concern over the internal and external effects of such sanctions.

Hariri Stresses Commitment to Develop Lebanon’s Maritime Capabilities

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri renewed his commitment to UN Security Council Resolutions 1701 and 2433, which stipulate that Lebanon should develop a plan for the enhancement and development of its maritime capabilities. Hariri visited on Monday the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force (MTF) at the Be

Christian Eriksen Running Short of Options for Future Away From Spurs

"In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona. Call it the Marc Overmars route,” Frenkie de Jong said this past week. “But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be.

How Solskjær Is Shaking up Manchester United’s Staff in Push for Success

As Ole Gunnar Solskjær grapples with the formidable challenge of overhauling his Manchester United squad, the manager is being granted unequivocal backing regarding his backroom staff. Paul Pogba is this summer’s transfer market soap opera, Solskjær having to manage the midfielder’s wish to depar

Dutch Man Fined for Stealing Coin from Roman Fountain

Italian police fined a Dutch man 500 euros for stealing coins from a fountain in Piazza Navona in Rome. The man was caught in the act when he took the money out of the water, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The tourist, 36, climbed in the Fontana del Moro early in the morning to take th

Chinese Paleontologists Create Full Rendering of Dinosaur Walking on Two Feet

Paleontologists have created a full rendering of a dinosaur walking on two feet. The involved paleontologists managed to complete their rendering based on a series of articles appearing as Memoir in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on July 8.

Ice-Cores Highlight 1,500-Year Economic Development in Europe, America

A research team used 13 ice-cores from Greenland and the Russian Arctic to analyze the economic development in this area over the past 1,500 years.

Waking up Early Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

A recent study suggests that women who like to wake up early every day may be less likely to develop breast cancer than others. While previous studies have linked inconsistent sleep schedules and getting too much rest to an increased risk of breast cancer, researchers haven't looked as often at h

Efforts Underway to Contain Palestinian Labor Crisis in Lebanon

The Palestinian leadership intervened on Monday in the Palestinian-Lebanese crisis that was triggered by the Labor Ministry’s crack down on illegal foreign workers in Lebanon. Labor Minister Kamil Abu Suleiman’s measures was initially launched to target Syrian workers in Lebanon in wake of the re

Hodeidah Meetings End without Breakthrough

The second day of a joint meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee in Yemen ended without a breakthrough as the Iran-backed Houthi militias continued to avoid the implementation of the first phase of the Stockholm agreement, Yemeni government sources said Monday.

Saudi King Underlines Need to Respect Lebanon’s Taef Accord

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Monday Saudi Arabia’s keenness on Lebanon’s security and stability and the need to keep it within the Arab fold. He made his remarks during a meeting in Jeddah with Lebanese former Prime Ministers Najib Mikati, Fouad Saniora

Macron Urges Explanation from Iran over Detention of Academic

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday demanded an explanation from Iran after the arrest last month of Franco-Iranian dual national Fariba Adelkhah, an incident that complicates Paris’ efforts to defuse tensions in the region. “What’s happened worries me a lot.

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Underlines Commitment to Yemeni People

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held talks in Jeddah on Monday with United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths. Prince Khalid tweeted that he emphasized to the envoy “our commitment to the wellbeing of the Yemeni people, and the need to end Iran's interference

EU Agrees Penalties against Turkey for its Drilling off Cyprus

The European Union agreed on Monday to punitive measures against Turkey over its drilling for gas and oil off the coast of Cyprus in defiance of warnings. The EU will halt high-level dialogue with Turkey, suspend talks over an aviation agreement and cut 145.8 million euros ($164 million) in pre-a