Security Mired in crisis, Beirut residents rail against Hizbullah 2020-08-12 In the aftermath of a huge explosion at the port, amid a political and economic crisis, many Lebanese are voicing anger at Hizbullah. Education 2020-08-11 Yemeni educators oppose Houthi curriculum changes The Yemeni Teachers' Syndicate says modifications made to school curricula by the Iran-backed Houthis would foster sectarian ideology and turn Yemen schools into Iranian regime incubators. Security 2020-08-11 Yemen urges UN to extend Iran arms embargo The UN Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a US resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran. Politics 2020-08-11 Lebanon government stands down over blast fallout Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his government's resignation amid ongoing clashes between security forces and angry protestors demanding systemic political change. Environment 2020-08-10 US warns of Yemen environmental disaster If the Houthis do not immediately grant a UN team access to a corroding oil terminal in the Red Sea, environmental disaster could ensue. Politics 2020-08-10 World pledges 250 million euros for Lebanon's people 'In these horrendous times, Lebanon is not alone', world leaders pledge in joint statement issued after virtual conference hosted by France. Are Iran explosions the result of sabotage or negligence? External sabotage Internal sabotage Negligence RESULTS SPOTLIGHT Bots artificially enhance Zarif's Twitter presence Despite the Iranian regime's ban, most government officials are active on Twitter, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif among the most active. Politics 2020-08-10 Lebanon government on brink over blast fallout Four ministers have so far resigned from the government since the Beirut blast. The government will fall if one third of its 20 ministers resign. Diplomacy 2020-08-07 Yemen government stresses full implementation of prisoner swap deal The legitimate government has rejected the Houthis' attempts to split the first phase of the prisoner exchange into two stages. Diplomacy 2020-08-07 World donors scramble to get aid to Beirut Appeals for millions of dollars in emergency relief are being met by pledges of food and medicine support. %> Coalition hands Basmaya back to Iraqi forces %> 430 displaced families return to Iraq's Diyala province %> Iraqi, Peshmerga forces pound ISIS targets in Makhmour mountains %> Deir Ezzor remembers ISIS massacre of al-Shaitat ❮ ❯ Politics 2020-08-06 Macron visits traumatised Lebanon to offer help, urge reform The French president pledged to co-ordinate international relief efforts after 137 were killed and thousands injured or stranded in the Beirut port explosion. Crime & Justice 2020-08-06 Lebanon gives investigating committee 4 days to find culprits: minister Those responsible for the devastating explosion in Beirut port Tuesday 'will be punished by a committee of judges', Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe said. Politics 2020-08-06 Yemen takes steps to recover looted artefacts Yemeni authorities are working with foreign governments to prevent the sale of looted antiquities smuggled out of the country by the Houthis. 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 Security 2020-08-05 Day of mourning in Lebanon after devastating Beirut blasts Lebanon begins the first of three days of national mourning following a massive explosion at the Beirut port that killed over 100 people. Security 2020-08-05 Emergency aid heads to Lebanon as world offers support Countries around the world sent condolences and support, from beds, generators and medical supplies to rescue teams and experts. Terrorism 2020-08-04 Houthis raid Sanaa shops selling women's apparel The militia's campaign to police women's clothing is more about raising money for its coffers than enforcing moral standards. MOST VIEWED Lebanon releases plan for Syrian refugees' return Emergency aid heads to Lebanon as world offers support Nasrallah serves Iran at Lebanon's expense: experts MOST COMMENTED Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM Houthi media machine follows Iran's example 'Shia Reform Movement' counters Hizbullah Politics 2020-08-04 Iran attempts to cover up series of explosions on sensitive sites Explosions have rocked sensitive military, nuclear and power plants across Iran. While the regime has stayed largely silent, many believe the incidents to be the result of foreign sabotage. Terrorism 2020-08-04 Verdict looms in killing of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri Four alleged members of the Lebanese militia Hizbullah are on trial in absentia at the UN-backed tribunal in the Netherlands over the 2005 assassination. Economy 2020-08-03 Lebanon's foreign minister resigns amid spiraling economic crisis Hitti's resignation comes on the heels of a last-ditch French effort to urge Lebanon to implement reforms and avert economic collapse. Security 2020-08-03 Yemeni Coast Guard thwarts Iran smuggling attempts The Iranian regime is attempting to supply the Houthi militia via boats stocked with weapons and illegal drugs. Human Rights 2020-08-03 Newly released Bahai prisoners exiled from Yemen Yemen's government says it will work to reinstate the rights of the six Bahais and ensure they are returned to their homeland. Politics 2020-07-31 Bots artificially enhance Zarif's Twitter presence Despite the Iranian regime's ban, most government officials are active on Twitter, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif among the most active. Human Rights 2020-07-31 Iran prison officials' pleas for virus help ignored: Amnesty The Health Ministry failed to respond to repeated requests for help, and Iran's prisons remain 'catastrophically unequipped for outbreaks'. Refugees 2020-07-30 Lebanon releases plan for Syrian refugees' return The Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs has released a preliminary plan to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, but it requires Syrian co-operation and global support. Religion 2020-07-30 Aden residents greet Eid al-Adha with optimism The implementation of the Riyadh Agreement is expected to usher in a new era in the provisional capital of Aden, residents and officials say. Politics 2020-07-29 Patriarch's call for neutrality gains traction in Lebanon Lebanon must distance itself from regional conflicts and return to its policy of dissociation, Maronite patriarch says in Sunday sermons. Security 2020-07-29 Iran criticised for 'irresponsible and reckless' Gulf drill Military experts in the region described the 'Prophet Mohammed 14th' land, air and sea exercises as 'a predictable provocation'. Religion 2020-07-29 Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic Pilgrims were brought into Mecca's Grand Mosque in small batches, walking along marked paths, in sharp contrast to previous years. Politics 2020-07-29 Yemeni separatists abandon self-rule, mending rift The Southern Transitional Council says it will abandon its self-rule declaration to allow the implementation of a power-sharing deal. Economy 2020-07-28 Iran oil trade choked by maximum pressure campaign Faced with a raft of US sanctions, Iran has been struggling to sell its oil to its few remaining allies, including Hizbullah, with little success. Environment 2020-07-28 HRW urges Houthis to grant UN access to Safer UN experts must be allowed to board the tanker, HRW says, and the UN should impose 'additional targeted sanctions' if this is not addressed.