Politics Macron visits traumatised Lebanon to offer help, urge reform 2020-08-06 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. 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. 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 2020-08-04 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. %> Iraqi intelligence operations exert tremendous pressure on ISIS %> UN, Iraqi teams collaborate to gather evidence for ISIS tribunals %> Wave of assassinations in Deir Ezzor raises suspicions %> New grave of Yazidi ISIS victims found in Sinjar ❮ ❯ 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. 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 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. MOST VIEWED Lebanon releases plan for Syrian refugees' return Russia's new front in Libya serves as warning to the world Iran criticised for 'irresponsible and reckless' Gulf drill MOST COMMENTED Houthis did not honour Stockholm agreement: PM Houthi media machine follows Iran's example 'Shia Reform Movement' counters Hizbullah 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. Health 2020-07-27 Yemenis question Houthis' motives in easing virus restrictions Many are critical of the militia's decision to reopen certain businesses ahead of others, accusing it of putting profit ahead of public health. Politics 2020-07-27 Yemen calls for end to southern self-administration The Southern Transitional Council must conclude its self-administration of the south and relinquish control of Socotra island, minister says. Security 2020-07-27 Iran arms embargo lapse would 'intensify' regional violence: US envoy If the UN Security Council fails to extend the arms embargo by October 18th, Iran will be able to freely buy and sell conventional weapons. Economy 2020-07-24 Fuel crisis worsens conditions in war-torn Yemen Areas controlled by the Iran-backed Houthis are experiencing an acute shortage of fuel, which threatens the supply of water, electricity. Terrorism 2020-07-24 Call for vigilance after al-Qaeda killings in Yemen A spate of assassinations in the southern provinces carried out by al-Qaeda gunmen underscores the need for the Riyadh Agreement. Security 2020-07-24 US forces inspect Mahan Air flight over Syria US forces operating as part of the coalition against ISIS inspected the Iranian plane in the vicinity of al-Tanf, an international coalition base. Economy 2020-07-23 Currency crisis plagues Iran's economy Iranian president's announcement that over $22 billion of export revenue is 'missing' has triggered fears that economic collapse is imminent. Health 2020-07-23 Confusion, fear mount as Iran says millions may have virus The Iranian president suggested his government hopes to overcome COVID-19 through achieving herd immunity, while other officials offered different explanations for the high infection numbers. Security 2020-07-22 Hizbullah touts newly paved illegal crossing A photo that purportedly shows the al-Zabadani road circulated on social media in early July, in what experts say is Hizbullah propaganda in response to the Caesar Act.