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Exclusive: Head of Houthi Council Limits Public Appearances, Fearing Coalition Attacks

Exclusive: Head of Houthi Council Limits Public Appearances, Fearing Coalition Attacks

Head of the Houthis’ so-called Supreme Political Council Mahdi Mshat has ordered members of his party to stop planning official meetings with members of the General People's Congress (GPC) including ministers from the rebel cabinet, out of safety fears, informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monda

Lebanon: Last Cabinet Session Approves Dozens of Pending Articles

Lebanon: Last Cabinet Session Approves Dozens of Pending Articles

Lebanon’s Cabinet held its last session on Monday and approved dozens of pending articles, mainly related to the disputed electricity sector, hours before it turned into a caretaker government at the end of Parliament's term on May 21. As of Tuesday, the country would face a number of constitutio

UN Libya Envoy Rejects Derna Operation, Reiterates Call for Elections

United Nations special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salameh reiterated on Monday his call to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in the war-torn country before the end of the year. Speaking at the UN Security Council, he drew a bleak image of the political and military situation in Libya, cal

Sadr, Abadi Pave Way to Forming Largest Bloc at Iraqi Parliament

Sadr, Abadi Pave Way to Forming Largest Bloc at Iraqi Parliament

Head of the Victory (Nasr) alliance, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, and head of the Sairoun alliance, Moqtada al-Sadr opened on Sunday the door for establishing the largest parliamentary bloc that is expected to form the next Cabinet. The two officials met in Baghdad in wake of Sadr’s vict

Algeria Hosts Arab Meeting on Libya amid Confusion over French Initiative to End Crisis

Algeria Hosts Arab Meeting on Libya amid Confusion over French Initiative to End Crisis

Libya’s Tobruk-based parliament denied on Sunday the existence of a new French initiative aimed at resolving the country’s crisis. Official parliamentary spokesman Abdullah Balihak described as baseless reports that said that the parliament had received such an initiative. He also refuted a st

Latest Houthi Measures Raise Fears of Monopoly of Yemen's Medicine Market

Latest Houthi Measures Raise Fears of Monopoly of Yemen's Medicine Market

The newly appointed health minister in the Houthi government kicked off a series of measures aimed at allowing the militant group to seize the medicine market in Sanaa and other areas under its control. Minister Taha al-Moutawakel, one of the group’s most hardline and sectarian members, began imp

Thousands of Gazans Spend Ramadan without Suhoor, Iftar

Thousands of Gazans Spend Ramadan without Suhoor, Iftar

Om Hamdan Thabet, Palestinian citizen who lives in Gaza spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat how she underwent very hard moments during the first Suhoor of Ramadan, as she couldn’t find in the worn-out refrigerator any food to serve for her children and for her wheelchair-bound husband. She only found a litt

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