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Lebanon welcomes lifting of Saudi travel ban

Politics |

Lebanon welcomes lifting of Saudi travel ban

Lebanese officials expressed relief over the decision, saying they hope it will spur economic growth by revitalising the tourism sector.

Lebanon’s new government affirms commitment to reforms

Politics |

Lebanon’s new government affirms commitment to reforms

Economists welcomed the government's policy statement but stressed the importance of implementation for achieving its goals.

UN raises $2.6 billion at Yemen donor conference

Human Rights |

UN raises $2.6 billion at Yemen donor conference

The pledges come on the same day the UN announced its teams had been able to reach vital food aid warehouses in the port city of al-Hodeidah.

ISIS-controlled mosques lose protected status

Terrorism |

ISIS-controlled mosques lose protected status

Using mosques as military command centres and arms depots strips these structures of their sanctity and their protected status.

Al-Hodeidah's displaced face continued hardship

Human Rights |

Al-Hodeidah's displaced face continued hardship

More than one million people have been displaced from the Red Sea province over the last six months as the situation remains unstable.

US, Qatari forces conclude joint defence drill

Security |

US, Qatari forces conclude joint defence drill

The joint US and Qatari air defence exercise, which concluded February 21st, highlights the US commitment to working with Qatar to enhance regional security.

Yemeni forces capture al-Qaeda training camp

Security |

Yemeni forces capture al-Qaeda training camp

Security Belt Forces backed by the Arab coalition succeeded in capturing a large al-Qaeda training camp in Abyan province's Wadi Omran.

Task Force Spartan bolsters Middle East, Gulf security

Security |

Task Force Spartan bolsters Middle East, Gulf security

The US Army force seeks to enhance the capabilities of allied militaries and boost their combat capabilities and deterrent firepower.

Lebanese study examines youth, sectarian politics

Politics |

Lebanese study examines youth, sectarian politics

The results of a recent study into the impact of sectarianism on the voting patterns of youth were announced at a seminar in Beirut.

Yemen's government approves 2019 budget

Economy |

Yemen's government approves 2019 budget

Oil and gas revenues are expected to account for 32% of the 2019 budget, which is set at 3.1 trillion Yemeni riyals and projects a 30% deficit.

Joint drills promote GCC co-operation, security

Security |

Joint drills promote GCC co-operation, security

Military forces of the Gulf Co-operation Council member states have been training together to ensure they are ready to face any threats.

Egyptians denounce attacks in al-Arish, Cairo

Security |

Egyptians denounce attacks in al-Arish, Cairo

Terror attacks in North Sinai and central Cairo drew a swift response from the security forces and strong condemnation from Al-Azhar.

Al-Mahfad tribal leaders band together against al-Qaeda

Terrorism |

Al-Mahfad tribal leaders band together against al-Qaeda

The leaders of Bakzam tribe, the largest in Abyan's al-Mahfad district, held a meeting Sunday to mobilise against the terror group.

Jordan, Iraq enter into energy, trade agreements

Economy |

Jordan, Iraq enter into energy, trade agreements

The two governments signed new agreements to strengthen trade and energy co-operation and stimulate transport and trucking activity.

$2.6 billion sought for Lebanon crisis response

Refugees |

$2.6 billion sought for Lebanon crisis response

The Lebanese government has appealed for funds to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees and support host communities.

French forces support Middle East stability

Security |

French forces support Middle East stability

French forces have been training and supporting Iraqi and Syrian Democratic Forces and patrolling regional waters to secure maritime routes.

Deep-rooted security partnership between Oman, US

Security |

Deep-rooted security partnership between Oman, US

US and Omani forces recently concluded a three-week joint training exercise as part of efforts to enhance bilateral military co-operation.

Security forces hit back against al-Qaeda in Abyan

Security |

Security forces hit back against al-Qaeda in Abyan

Security Belt Forces launched an assault in the mountains of Abyan province's al-Mahfad district in response to an earlier al-Qaeda attack.

GCC, US strategic alliance keeps Iran in check

Politics |

GCC, US strategic alliance keeps Iran in check

The GCC is a strong regional partnership that is capable of deterring any threats to regional stability posed by neighbouring Iran, analysts say.

Lebanese women ministers eager to face challenges

Women's Rights |

Lebanese women ministers eager to face challenges

Lebanon's new government saw the appointment of four women ministers to key positions, including the interior minister post.

Yemen's Shabwa almost rid of al-Qaeda: governor

Security |

Yemen's Shabwa almost rid of al-Qaeda: governor

Shabwa governor Mohammed ben Edeyo has commended Yemeni forces and the Arab coalition for their role in restoring state authority.

Iranian people pay price for missile programme expansion: experts

Security |

Iranian people pay price for missile programme expansion: experts

Iran's push to expand its missile programme despite its deteriorating economy comes at the expense of citizens who must foot the bill.

UN proposes safe passages in al-Hodeidah

Human Rights |

UN proposes safe passages in al-Hodeidah

The head of the UN observer mission in Yemen has called for international forces to manage isolated areas in the city and for the opening of safe corridors.

Houthis use Martyrs' Day to indoctrinate children

Youth |

Houthis use Martyrs' Day to indoctrinate children

Modeled on similar celebrations held by Hizbullah and Iran, the event encourages Yemeni youth to join the militia by aggrandizing martyrs.

Arab coalition strikes at Houthis' drone capabilities

Security |

Arab coalition strikes at Houthis' drone capabilities

A string of Arab coalition airstrikes targeting the Houthis' drone facilities aimed to strip the militia of its ability to threaten regional security.

Egypt takes steps towards eliminating slums

Society |

Egypt takes steps towards eliminating slums

The government has begun to move residents out of unsafe slums and informal settlements in some areas and improve conditions in others.

Yemen ministry opens registration for hajj

Religion |

Yemen ministry opens registration for hajj

The Hajj and Umrah Department of the Ministry of Religious Endowment and Guidance on Wednesday opened the registration process for 45 days.

Yemen seeks to free women in Houthi prisons

Politics |

Yemen seeks to free women in Houthi prisons

The Ministry of Human Rights is seeking the release of dozens of abducted women who are being held without charge in Houthi prisons.

France committed to its partnership with Iraq: officials

Security |

France committed to its partnership with Iraq: officials

During a recent visit to Baghdad, the French foreign minister expressed his country's full support for Iraq's unity, security and sovereignty.

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Religion |

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

The pope's public comments in Abu Dhabi have centered on calls to end wars across the Middle East and protect the rights of all citizens.

Egypt resumes natural gas exports to Jordan

Economy |

Egypt resumes natural gas exports to Jordan

The two countries signed an agreement in January whereby Egypt will export to the kingdom half of its daily needs for gas throughout 2019.

Yemeni forces intercept rockets, drones en route to Houthis

Security |

Yemeni forces intercept rockets, drones en route to Houthis

These weapons are being smuggled to the Iran-backed militia on board trucks via Yemen's eastern coast.

Egyptian forces bust terror cell in Western Desert

Security |

Egyptian forces bust terror cell in Western Desert

Egyptian forces have dismantled terror cells operating in the Western Desert and in North Sinai during a series of pre-emptive operations.

Central Bank of Lebanon tightens rules for electronic transfers

Crime & Justice |

Central Bank of Lebanon tightens rules for electronic transfers

A new Central Bank of Lebanon ruling that restricts electronic cash transfers to the Lebanese pound will help combat money laundering.

Lebanon announces new government line up

Politics |

Lebanon announces new government line up

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced a new government Thursday, putting an end to a political impasse and eight months of wrangling.

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

Media |

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

The social network said it removed 783 pages, groups and accounts 'for engaging in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour tied to Iran'.

'Food is a weapon': Fight over Yemen granary tests truce

Human Rights |

'Food is a weapon': Fight over Yemen granary tests truce

The Red Sea Mills in al-Hodeidah, which holds wheat that could feed nearly 4 million Yemenis and was rigged heavily with mines by the Houthis, remains off-limit to aid organisations.

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