Politics Khamenei leadership mired in miscalculation: experts 2020-07-03 Iran's global relations are suffering due to the Supreme Leader's missteps, but he continues to put the Iranian people at risk, experts say. Politics 2020-07-02 IRGC erects statues as Iranian people suffer As hardships mount inside Iran, the regime continues to place priority on its foreign agenda and on financing the IRGC, political analysts say. Security 2020-07-02 Saudi-led coalition launches operation against Yemen's Houthis The operation comes in response to the militia's targeting of the kingdom with missiles and drones in recent weeks. Health 2020-07-02 WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' in virus numbers The organisation urged governments to 'strengthen healthcare systems' as the region records over a million coronavirus infections and more than 20,000 deaths. Terrorism 2020-07-01 Hizbullah faces mounting death toll in Syria The Lebanese militia is seeing its fortunes fall as tension between its backer Iran and fellow regime ally Russia leave it vulnerable. Security 2020-07-01 Arab coalition intercepts Iranian arms shipments bound for Houthis Two recent operations have led to the seizure of hundreds of various weapons intended for the Iran-backed Houthis, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Will Iran's proxies use the coronavirus crisis to regroup? Yes No RESULTS SPOTLIGHT Arab coalition intercepts Iranian arms shipments bound for Houthis Two recent operations have led to the seizure of hundreds of various weapons intended for the Iran-backed Houthis, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Politics 2020-06-30 Only peace can restore Yemen's state institutions: analysts Government agencies fractured by the Houthis' coup can only be restored to full service if the warring sides reach a peace deal. Security 2020-06-30 Saudi Arabia, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo Lifting the ban would 'embolden' Iran and could trigger a regional arms race, a senior US official said. Analysis 2020-06-29 Mahan Air pilot interview highlights IRGC's global manipulation efforts An interview with a Mahan Air pilot carrying Qassem Soleimani aboard his flight in 2013 has once again drawn attention to the IRGC's destabilising actions in the region. %> Sinjar Silo relaunch to boost Ninawa agriculture, officials say %> After 'reconciliation': Syria regime's silent crackdown %> Restoration work continues at Ninawa's ancient sites %> Syrian Democratic Forces quell ISIS prison riot ❮ ❯ Security 2020-06-29 Cautious truce in Yemen's Abyan as observers deploy The ceasefire will enable observers to carry out their tasks and implement the Riyadh Agreement, signed between the government and STC. Terrorism 2020-06-29 Egypt executes Libyan militant for deadly police attack Abdel Rahim al-Mismari was convicted for a 2017 shootout in the Western Desert between police and militants, which left 16 police dead. Health 2020-06-26 Sanaa cemeteries overwhelmed with COVID-19 dead The Houthis have been criticised for under-reporting coronavirus infections in the city and failing to make precautionary measures mandatory. Follow Al-Mashareq on Social Media Subscribe to Al-Mashareq's newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Politics 2020-06-26 US sanctions Iranian metal companies, merchants Sanctions are part of a crackdown on companies believed to fund either Iran's IRGC or the country's 'destabilising behaviour' worldwide. Security 2020-06-25 Lebanon tightens border control as sanctions take effect The Lebanese army has been closing illegal border crossings with Syria as US sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad take effect. Security 2020-06-25 Arab coalition observers monitor Yemen truce The Arab coalition has deployed observers to monitor the ceasefire in Abyan and oversee the separation of STC and government forces. MOST VIEWED Russia's new front in Libya serves as warning to the world Tensions mount between Fatemiyoun Division and Syrian regime Hizbullah faces mounting death toll in Syria MOST COMMENTED Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM Houthi media machine follows Iran's example 'Shia Reform Movement' counters Hizbullah Politics 2020-06-25 US sanctions 5 Iranian ship captains over Venezuela oil delivery 'Mariners who do business with Iran and Venezuela will face consequences from the United States of America,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Media 2020-06-25 Iran must end 'forced confessions' of prisoners on TV: rights groups Forced confessions broadcast by state-owned media have been used by the Iranian authorities to repress dissent for decades. Terrorism 2020-06-25 US doubles reward for ISIS leader to $10 million Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi had issued religious edicts to justify the persecution of the Yazidi minority, a campaign the UN has described as genocide. Environment 2020-06-24 Houthis continue to disregard Safer warnings The Iran-backed militia is still refusing to allow maintenance and assessment personnel onto a corroding oil terminal in the Red Sea. Economy 2020-06-23 Lebanon panel mulls Caesar Act repercussions Severing ties with the Syrian regime would spare Lebanon the repercussions of US sanctions that penalise those who deal with the regime. Politics 2020-06-23 Yemen government, separatists agree to truce Yemen's government and the Southern Transitional Council agreed to a ceasefire proposed by the Arab coalition, calming recent escalation. Religion 2020-06-23 Saudi Arabia to allow around 1,000 pilgrims in scaled-down hajj The pilgrims will be tested for coronavirus and will be required to quarantine at home after the ritual, the country's top health official announced. Politics 2020-06-22 Yemen separatists seize control of Socotra In recent years, the island has become a bone of contention between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and UAE-trained separatists. Analysis 2020-06-22 The Putin regime: a perennial malign actor on world stage Undermining governments, fomenting unrest, spreading disinformation and supporting the indiscriminate killing of innocents around the world are the unfortunate hallmarks of the Kremlin. Politics 2020-06-22 Houthis drain health system amid pandemic Hospitals in areas controlled by the militia are subject to restrictions and various 'taxes' as they struggle to fight COVID-19. Religion 2020-06-19 Saudi poised to make tough call on hajj season The kingdom is close to making an announcement about hajj this year, as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives. Politics 2020-06-19 Riyadh Agreement key to peace in Yemen: officials As the sponsor of the power-sharing agreement in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is responsible for ensuring its implementation, officials say. Politics 2020-06-19 UN nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticising Iran The resolution urges Iran to allow access to two sites in order to determine whether nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s. Health 2020-06-18 Dozens of Yemeni medics lose lives to virus The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 50 medical personnel, further straining the collapsing healthcare system. Crime & Justice 2020-06-18 Houthis' hold up of medical aid draws rebuke The militia's failure to release a shipment of medical aid from the Red Sea port has cost Yemeni lives, doctors and officials say.