Human Rights Houthis force city elders to send youth to fight 2020-05-29 The Iran-backed militia has been forcing neighbourhood leaders in Sanaa to recruit civilians, who are being taught to handle guns and sent to fight. Health 2020-05-29 First flight carrying stranded Yemenis arrives at Seiyun Airport The passengers underwent antibody testing and temperature scans and are required to isolate at home, according to protocols established by the supreme emergency committee for COVID-19. Health 2020-05-28 Yemen's health system teeters amid COVID-19 crisis Strained after years of war, Yemen's health system is in dire need of medical supplies and mobile hospitals to combat the global pandemic. Security 2020-05-28 Houthis target Marib army command meeting Eight members of the Yemeni forces were killed at the headquarters, including the son of army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Saghir bin Aziz. Politics 2020-05-28 UN concerned by US claims Russia sent jets to Libya The US has accused Moscow of deploying fighter jets in support of Khalifa Haftar, who has been fighting the UN-backed government. Terrorism 2020-05-27 Lebanon renews efforts to block illegal border crossings Illegal crossings with Syria that are controlled by Hizbullah have created both economic and security problems for Lebanon. Should Iran sanctions be eased in response to coronavirus? Yes No RESULTS SPOTLIGHT Russia sent jets to Libya to back mercenaries, says US The warplanes left Russia and first stopped in Syria, where they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin before arriving in Libya, AFRICOM said. Terrorism 2020-05-27 Shibam security chief killed in terror attack The security chief and four of his aides were killed in their vehicle by an improvised explosive device while they were on duty in Hadramaut. Politics 2020-05-27 Russia sent jets to Libya to back mercenaries, says US The warplanes left Russia and first stopped in Syria, where they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin before arriving in Libya, AFRICOM said. Refugees 2020-05-26 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan face harder times The coronavirus crisis has made the challenging circumstances refugees in both countries face even more difficult, UN representatives say. %> Tehran, proxies drain regional resources to finance terrorism %> Iraq records first coronavirus case at IDP camps %> US puts up $3 million bounty for ISIS propagandist %> UN team making progress in investigating ISIS crimes ❮ ❯ Health 2020-05-26 Coronavirus mars Eid celebrations in Yemen Measures to curb the spread of the virus kept many Yemenis at home, but some officials said more stringent enforcement was needed. Security 2020-05-26 21 extremists killed in North Sinai shootouts The interior ministry said the militants had been planning attacks during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which began in Egypt on Sunday. Politics 2020-05-26 Libya unity govt says Russian mercenaries evacuating Wagner Group mercenaries who fled southern Tripoli are being evacuated from Bani Walid airport to an as yet unconfirmed destination. 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 Media 2020-05-25 Report accuses Houthis of targeting journalists in Sanaa A report titled 'Assassination of the Word' lists 6,291 violations the militia has committed against journalists and media institutions in Sanaa. Diplomacy 2020-05-22 Oman continues efforts toward Gulf stability Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah has visited both Iran and the US in recent months to discuss regional developments. Politics 2020-05-21 Iran's military displays lack of training, leadership A mounting death toll from military mistakes and missteps reveals the lack of leadership and professionalism in Iran's armed forces. MOST VIEWED Tensions mount between Fatemiyoun Division and Syrian regime Britain, US denounce Russia's role in Libya conflict US military training on Saudi islands shows strong deterrent force MOST COMMENTED Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM Houthi media machine follows Iran's example 'Shia Reform Movement' counters Hizbullah Politics 2020-05-21 Top Iranian officials sanctioned for human rights abuses New US sanctions target Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, seven law enforcement officials and a provincial commander of the IRGC. Economy 2020-05-21 'Maximum pressure' against Iran yields results: analysts The US campaign, which aims to deny Iran the resources to conduct its destructive regional policy, has led to the unprecedented isolation of the regime and its proxies and the collapse of its oil economy. Security 2020-05-21 Putin's mercenary army using ISIS playbook to hook recruits Amid the worsening global socioeconomic situation, Russia's Wagner Group is exploiting youths' desperation to recruit mercenaries to fight on various front lines. Health 2020-05-20 Yemen records highest virus cases in one day A government committee reported 37 new cases, raising the total number of infections across the country to 167, including 28 deaths. Transportation 2020-05-20 UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars in July The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be 'the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation', according to state media. Protests 2020-05-20 Amnesty urges probe into 'ruthless' Iran protest killings The rights group says it has evidence that 304 men, women and children were killed by Iran's security forces during the crackdown. Politics 2020-05-20 Britain, US denounce Russia's role in Libya conflict 'Wagner Group activities continue to exacerbate the conflict and prolong the suffering of the Libyan people,' the British ambassador says. Religion 2020-05-19 Houthis run aggressive campaign to collect zakat Observers say the Iran-backed militia does not have the authority to collect zakat, and accuse it of using the funds to finance its war effort. Terrorism 2020-05-19 Saudi attacker on US base had longstanding al-Qaeda ties: US Mohammed al-Shamrani was radicalised at least as far back as 2015, and had been in contact with operatives from al-Qaeda's Yemen branch since then. Security 2020-05-19 Libyan strongman loses ground as rift widens with Kremlin-backed mercenaries Khalifa Haftar is reportedly withholding $150 million from Wagner Group mercenaries over ineffective 'rookie fighters' sent from Syria to prop up his attempts to take over the country. Crime & Justice 2020-05-18 Pirates attack UK-flagged ship off Yemen’s coast Two speedboats attacked the Stolt Apal in the westbound transit corridor south-east of the Hadramaut provincial capital of al-Mukalla. Economy 2020-05-18 Lebanese, Syrian women sew face masks amid pandemic A USAID-funded programme has been training women on sewing face masks as part of an effort to support vulnerable communities in Lebanon and stem the spread of COVID-19. Diplomacy 2020-05-15 Lebanon welcomes $13.3 million US aid to help combat COVID-19 The assistance includes $5.3 million to help the most vulnerable Lebanese and $8 million allocated for refugee and host communities. Diplomacy 2020-05-15 UN reports 'significant progress' on truce in war-torn Yemen The UN Yemen envoy made a renewed push for truce, stressing that peace is part of a broader package of needs that must be agreed to, including humanitarian and economic measures. Security 2020-05-15 Lebanon vows crackdown on smuggling into Syria The state spends billions of dollars on fuel and flour subsidies that are later smuggled into Syria and sold at a hefty mark-up.