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Egypt: Army Warns of Manufacturing, Selling Outfits Similar to Military Uniform

The Egyptian army warned textile and clothing companies, factories and stores of importing, manufacturing or selling fabrics or outfits similar to police and military uniforms that could be used in terror activities. The army cautioned that such fabrics or clothing could be used by terrorist ele

Lebanon’s President Intervenes in Cabinet Crisis to Avoid ‘Catastrophe’

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday he was intervening in stalled efforts to form a new government, warning the country faced "catastrophe" if his initiative failed. More than six months since the parliamentary elections, efforts to form the national unity cabinet led by Prime Minister

Morocco Dismantles ISIS Cell

Morocco announced Tuesday that it has dismantled an ISIS terrorist cell that was plotting to carry out attacks in the Kingdom, reported the Saudi Press Agency. The interior ministry said that the three-member cell was active in the city of Kenitra north of Rabat. The cell promoted ISIS operati

Qatar Proposes Doha-Gaza Air Link

Qatar’s point man to Israel and Gaza, Mohammad al-Emadi, revealed that Doha has proposed to Tel Aviv allowing an air link between it and the Hamas-ruled strip.

Sisi: Egypt Has Restored Effective Presence in Africa

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday that his country has restored its influential and effective presence in the African continent. Egypt aims at enhancing cooperation and reconstruction based on the main principles of its policy towards African countries, said the President.

Human Rights Monitor: Houthis Uprooted 619 Families in Yemen's Taiz

A Yemeni human rights watchdog on Monday released a report documenting violations committed by Iran-backed Houthi militias between January and November, 2018, noting that the war-torn country is rife with human rights atrocities trending since the nationwide coup in 2014. The Human Rights Informa

Jordanian Union Delegation Visits Damascus

Speaker of the Syrian People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh met on Sunday with a visiting delegation from the Jordanian Engineers Association. Sources in the Syrian capital quoted Sabbagh as underlining the importance of strengthening relations and exchanging experiences between trade unions and pr

Egypt Inflation Declines, Exceeding Expectations

Egypt’s annual core inflation rate declined to 7.94 percent in November from 8.86 percent in October, exceeding analysts' expectations, according to a report from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). The inflation doesn’t include commodities like fruits and vegetables due to sharp fluctuations in pri

UN: ISIS Kills 6 Captives in Libya

ISIS terrorist militants have killed six people captured during an attack on a town in central Libya in October, according to a statement by the UN mission to Libya. The statement, which came late Monday, condemned the killing as "particularly abhorrent." No further details were provided.

Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Palestinian in West Bank

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces on Tuesday near the flashpoint city of Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said. Official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the dead man as Omar Awwad, 27, and said he was shot by Israeli forces near Hebron. 

IRGC: Iran is Capable of Building Broader-Range Ballistic Missiles

Iran has the ability to build ballistic missiles with a broader range, a senior commander of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Monday, according to the Fars News agency. Head of the IRGC’s airspace division Amirali Hajizadeh explained that Iran’s missiles currently cover a rang

Clashes in Ramallah between Palestinians, Israeli Army

Violent clashes broke out in Ramallah between the Israeli army and protesters who tried to prevent the forces from advancing in different areas after they stormed into the city wanting to confiscate camera recordings of several shops in search of gunmen who shot several Israelis near a settlement.

Israel Hesitates to Welcome Ukraine's Fugitive Ex-President

The Israeli government has frozen a decision to receive former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for an alleged medical treatment pending consultations with Kiev and Moscow, sources have said. Yanukovych, who has sustained injuries on a Moscow tennis court, was seeking to travel to Israel for

ENOC Plans to Open 45 Fuel Stations in Saudi Arabia in 5 Years

Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) announced a major expansion strategy in Saudi Arabia as it plans to build 45 new service stations in the Kingdom over the next five years. This step comes in line with the Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs’ plan, which aims to establish

Hezbollah Turns Attention to Lebanese Affairs after Syria ‘Pause’

Hezbollah has been lately seeking to invest its alleged “victory” in Syria in Lebanon’s internal affairs, according to pro and anti-Hezbollah observers. Hezbollah, which has been backing the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria’s war, lately began to have a growing role in Lebanese political issues ma

Israeli PM: El Al Airlines to Fly over Oman, Sudan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that Oman has agreed to allow the Israeli civil aviation company El Al to overfly its airspace en route to Asia. Netanyahu’s announcement came during a conference gathering Israeli ambassadors abroad, in which he spoke about “the prosp

Dubai Summit Honors Arab Social Media Influencers

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the winners of the Arab Social Media Influencers awards, led by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan, for the "Personality of the Year" award.

Hiroshi Sugimoto to Display Works at Versailles Palace

When the Versailles Palace hosted an exhibition by the American artist Jeff Koons who made rabbits of glittering plastic in 2008, conservatives were raged and considered that the modernist ideas of that artist violated the value of the place that once lodged the kings of France, and then, became a

Arabic-Speaking Glove, Electronic Bracelet Help People with Hearing, Visual Impairments

Three Egyptian graduates of engineering, computer, information and commerce have developed two tools that allow deaf and blind people to communicate easily with the world.

De Mistura: Situation in Syria Changed on the Ground, Politically

UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Monday a page would be unfolded in Syria due to changes on the ground. “It is clear a page would be unfolded in Syria, not because I am leaving in December for personal reasons, but because the situation has changed on the ground and at the politi

Libya: New Italian Initiative Aims to Bring Together Sarraj, Haftar

Italy revealed on Monday a new initiative aimed at holding a meeting between head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj and commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar. Italy is seeking to bring them together in Rome later this week. Italian Prime Minister

Oldest Prisoner in Egypt Looks for 'Good Wife' after Freedom

People in El-Diyabat village gathered near the Akhmim police department in Sohag province (southern Egypt) to welcome Kamal Thabet Abdul Majid, the oldest prisoner in Egypt, who spent 45 years in prison.

Gerard Deulofeu: ‘at Barcelona You Always Have Eyes on You … I’m Happy at Watford’

Gerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s latest wonderkid.

Man Accused of Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack on Ohio Synagogue

US authorities on Monday charged an Ohio man with providing material support to ISIS for an alleged plan to carry out a mass shooting attack at a synagogue.  Damon Joseph, 21, allegedly had made a detailed plan to kill worshipers at a synagogue in the city of Toledo during the Jewish Sabbath, whi

Small Is Beautiful for Arsenal as Lucas Torreira Finally Fills Gilberto Gap

So it turns out what Arsenal had been missing all this time has been an energetic deep-lying midfielder. Who knew?

Russia to Deploy its S-300 System Near US Missiles

The Russian army began moving components of its S-300 defense system from west Syria to Deir Ezzor, where the US-led coalition forces are positioned, diplomatic sources said Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to deliver the sophisticated S-300 defense system to Syria last September

Minor Breakthrough on Fifth Day of Yemen Peace Talks

The fifth day of Yemen peace consultations in Sweden Monday witnessed a minor breakthrough over the prisoner file, but disputes remained over the United Nations’ proposal over the port city of Hodeidah. Yemeni government sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that its delegation received from United Nation

Thousands of Santas in Charity Race in Madrid

As part of Christmas and New Year celebrations, thousands of people dressed like Santa Claus filled one of the main streets in Madrid, to take part in a 5km charity race amid festive ambiances. The participants wore the traditional costume of Santa Claus and ran along Madrid's Paseo de la Castell

King Salman Receives Message from Tunisia’s President

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has received a message from Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. The message was delivered to King Salman during his meeting at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh on Monday with Khemaies Jhinaoui, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs and