Education | 2019-12-11 In Lebanon, Syrian refugees return to school despite challenges Schools were closed for a month because of the unrest in Lebanon, affecting both Lebanese students and the thousands of refugees enrolled in formal public education. Politics | 2019-12-11 Houthi violations undermine Stockholm Agreement: analysts In the year since the agreement was signed, the Iran-backed militia has committed some 12,000 violations in order to further Iran's agenda. Politics | 2019-12-11 GCC affirms unity against Iran 'aggression' The two-day annual summit brought together rulers and representatives of the six GCC member states in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Politics | 2019-12-11 US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks, but imposes new sanctions Sanctions have been imposed on Mahan Air offices and companies used by the IRGC's Quds Force to send weapons to Yemen's Houthis. Energy | 2019-12-10 Yemen government to end oil import monopoly Breaking the monopoly will improve living conditions, which was a goal of the power-sharing agreement between the government and southern separatists. Protests | 2019-12-09 Iran's 'conspiracy' claims insult its people: analysts The regime's attempts to blame the popular uprising on foreign interference undermines the intelligence of the Iranian people. Security | 2019-12-06 Military experts note decline in IRGC's performance The IRGC is riddled with internal issues that experts say are weakening its efforts to perform at a level equal to the challenges it faces. Economy | 2019-12-06 Yemen’s al-Riyan airport resumes operations Restarting operations at the airport in al-Mukalla is critical to economic growth and will ease the burden of traveling on the sick and elderly. Terrorism | 2019-12-06 Iran has crossed all red lines: Yemeni government The government met Thursday to discuss Iran's belligerent actions and its continued support for the Houthis with weapons at a time when peace talks are making progress. Security | 2019-12-06 US considering troop boost to counter Iran The US is observing Iran's behaviour 'with concern' and has been considering plans to move up to 7,000 additional troops to the Middle East. Protests | 2019-12-06 Exiled actress Farahani decries 'massacre' in Iran Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani says the Iranian people are 'suffering economically, politically and democratically'. Security | 2019-12-06 Iran working on nuclear-capable missiles: European powers In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, three European powers accused Iran of developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Security | 2019-12-05 Iran threat takes centre stage at Manama Dialogue 2019 The conference brought together global leaders who discussed the importance of strategic alliances to counter Iran's malign actions. Security | 2019-12-04 US-Qatar military co-operation key to regional security The joint military drills are 'an important component in deterring aggression from regional adversaries', a US Army commander said. Protests | 2019-12-04 Houthis increase recruitment efforts as tensions rise The move comes amid fears of a mass popular uprising connected with the anniversary of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's death. Crime & Justice | 2019-12-04 US court sentences Hizbullah operative to 40 years in jail A federal court in New York convicted Ali Kourani on eight charges, including conspiracy to use weapons in a violent crime. Politics | 2019-12-04 IAEA warns against intimidation after Iran incident New International Atomic Energy Agency director general warns that the agency's inspectors 'should not be intimidated... in any way'. Human Rights | 2019-12-03 Report shows thousands of Houthi violations in Sanaa The militia's violations include killings, torture, detentions, looting of public and private property and the recruitment of child soldiers. Protests | 2019-12-03 Iran videos hit internet, revealing scope of crackdown Protests that broke out across the country in mid-November following a price hike on fuel prompted an 'unprecedented use of lethal force' by the Iranian regime. Human Rights | 2019-12-03 Yemen war hits people with disabilities hardest: Amnesty Many people with disabilities were forced to flee the violence without their crutches or wheelchairs, while others were left behind by their families. Security | 2019-12-02 Saudi forum focuses on Gulf maritime security The Saudi International Maritime Forum (SIM 2019) drew high-level participants from around the world to discuss maritime security in the Gulf. Politics | 2019-12-02 Fearing local unrest, Houthis tighten security in Sanaa The Iran-backed militia fears an outbreak of street protests similar to those that have rocked Iraq and Lebanon in recent weeks. Crime & Justice | 2019-12-02 Egypt military court condemns Ashmawi to death Egypt's 'most wanted man' Hesham Ashmawi formed al-Qaeda-aligned al-Mourabitoun in Libya and has been convicted of numerous crimes. Diplomacy | 2019-12-02 Oman top diplomat visits Iran after US trip Oman's minister of state for foreign affairs Yusuf bin Alawi visited Tehran to discuss 'bilateral relations and regional issues'. Protests | 2019-12-02 Iran unrest has killed 'at least 208': Amnesty Top Amnesty International official says the number of deaths present 'evidence that Iran’s security forces went on a horrific killing spree'. Terrorism | 2019-11-29 Iran-backed militias strain host countries, Iranian people Through its vast and costly network of affiliated militias, Iran has exploited the resources of other countries to fund its regional ambitions.