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Syrian Regime Arrests Hundreds in Areas Covered by Russian ‘Guarantees’

Syrian Regime Arrests Hundreds in Areas Covered by Russian ‘Guarantees’

Syrian regime security forces arrested at least 342 citizens from former opposition-held areas where reconciliation and settlement has been recently reached based on Russian assurances, announced the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a report. The arrests were made between early September an

Iraq to Launch Probe on Millions of Dollars Lost to Rains

Iraq to Launch Probe on Millions of Dollars Lost to Rains

Iraq's parliament is to investigate how $6 million worth of local currency stored in public bank coffers were damaged by heavy rains, a lawmaker said Tuesday. The pledge came a day after Central Bank governor Ali Allaq appeared in front of lawmakers to answer questions on a range of issues, inclu

Tunisian Govt. Wins Confidence amid Lingering Political Concerns

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s third government, which consists of 30 ministers and 11 state ministers, won parliament’s confidence on Tuesday, following a marathon debate Monday. Chahed described winning this confidence a "victory for democracy." Opposition MPs have strongly critici

EU Questions Fate of Refugee Aid in Turkey

EU Questions Fate of Refugee Aid in Turkey

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) expressed on Tuesday concern over how European money was spent on Syrian refugees in Turkey given Ankara's data protection laws. EU auditors said Ankara is refusing to offer information about the list of beneficiaries of two cash-assistance projects for refuge

A Second Houthi Minister Defects

A Second Houthi Minister Defects

Technical Education and Vocational Minister Mohsen Ali al-Nakib announced on Tuesday his defection from the Iran-backed Houtihi militias’ government. His decision drove more chaos in the ranks of the militant group, particularly as Saudi-backed forces made several advances in the strategic port c

Palermo Conference on Libya Ends with No Clear Results

Palermo Conference on Libya Ends with No Clear Results

The Palermo conference on Libya concluded on Tuesday as “half a failure and half a success,” Arab sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. The meeting was aimed at finding ways to end the Libyan crisis, but Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar did not attend the main conference.

Lebanese PM Accuses Hezbollah of Hindering Govt. Formation

Lebanese PM Accuses Hezbollah of Hindering Govt. Formation

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri accused on Tuesday Hezbollah of hindering the formation of a new government after months of political wrangling. "It's very regrettable that Hezbollah has put itself in the position of bearing responsibility for hindering the government," Hariri told

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