Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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Over 300,000 people affected by Morocco earthquake: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that more than 300,000 people have been affected by the devastating quake that struck Morocco Friday night. The 6.8-magnitude earthquake has claimed 2,122 lives so far— making it the deadliest the country has seen in decades.

Iran FM condoles with Morocco over deadly quake

The Iranian foreign minister has extended his sympathy and condolences to the government and people of Morocco over the recent quake that has left hundreds of people dead and many others injured in the country.

Hundreds killed in Morocco earthquake

More than 1,000 people have been killed after a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck and area southwest of tourist hotspot Marrakesh in Morocco on Friday night, according to state TV.

Former Egyptian minister says Sisi feared arrest in South Africa over Rabaa massacre

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cancelled a trip to South Africa because he feared being arrested for his role in the Rabaa massacre, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, a former minister of trade and industry, has claimed.

Sources in Libyan gov’t say foreign minister dismissed after meeting Israeli counterpart

Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush, under fire for meeting with her Israeli counterpart, has been dismissed, senior sources in the government confirmed on Monday.  She left the country on Sunday for Turkey.

Libya suspends foreign minister after meeting Israeli counterpart

Libya's prime minister has suspended Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush and referred her for investigation after Israel announced its Foreign Minister Eli Cohen had met her last week despite a lack of formal relations between the two sides.

BRICS invites Iran, Saudi Arabia, four other states, to be new members

Leaders of the BRICS group of developing nations have invited six states - Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - to become new members of the bloc, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa whose country is hosting a summit meeting of the BRICS grouping has confirmed.

Egypt says to fully restore ties with Iran

Egypt is ready to resume full diplomatic ties with Iran after over four decades without the need for mediators but wants the efforts to patch up ties to remain behind the scenes, a ranking Egyptian official says.

President Raisi to depart for Johannesburg on Wednesday for BRICS talks

Iranian President, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, is scheduled to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday to attend the 15th BRICS summit.

MENA region will live with extreme water stress by 2050: Report

The world is confronting an unparalleled water crisis, with five of the most water-stressed countries being Bahrain, Cyprus, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman and Qatar, a new report by the World Resources Institute shows.

Iran FM Amirabdollahian leaves for South Africa economic meeting

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian left Tehran for Pretoria on Wednesday to attend an economic meeting in the South African city.

US lawmakers, rights groups urge Biden to withhold military aid to Egypt

A group of US senators and rights activists has urged the Biden administration to withhold a larger portion of US military aid to Egypt, saying the North African country’s human rights record “has continued to deteriorate” over the past year under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Egyptians struggle with soaring temperatures amid ongoing energy crisis

People across Egypt have been left frustrated while struggling to complete daily tasks in the heat because of constant power cuts. The outages, which are primarily affecting villages in Upper Egypt, as well as the Delta region and the capital Cairo, come amidst soaring temperatures of 40C to 50C this year.

South Africa says Putin won’t attend BRICS summit in person

The office of South African President has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the summit of BRICS leaders in Johannesburg next month. The decision was taken by the two nations, it added.

Arresting Putin would be declaration of war with Russia: South Africa president

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that arresting Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits the country next month for the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg would be a declaration of war with Moscow.

Israel recognises Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara

Israel has recognised Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara, according to the Moroccan government and a statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office.

Raisi says goal of Africa tour was ‘to strengthen Iran’s strategic depth’

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says the goal of his tour of African countries was “to strengthen the Islamic Republic’s strategic depth.”

Iran’s Raisi says West putting independent countries under pressure

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says Western countries use a raft of measures to put independent states under pressure.

In Kenya, Iranian president calls for better ties with African nations

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is on a state visit to Kenya, says the Islamic Republic welcomes the enhancement of relations with all African countries.

Kenyan president welcomes Iran’s Raisi

Kenyan President William Ruto has officially welcomed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the presidential palace in Nairobi.

Iran FM says welcomes restoration of ties with Egypt, Morocco

The Iranian foreign minister says Tehran welcomes resumption and development of ties with Egypt and Morocco.

Iran condemns deadly attack on school in Uganda

Spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nasser Kanaani strongly condemned a terror attack on a school in western Uganda, which killed and injured scores of students.

Migrant deaths on Middle East, North Africa routes highest since 2017: Report

Nearly 3,800 people died on migration routes within and from the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region last year, the highest number since 2017, new data from the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Missing Migrants Project (MMP) show.

Official: Iran totally open to resumption of ties with Egypt

The spokesman of Iran’s administration says the Islamic Republic is fully open to a resumption of relations with Egypt, as Tehran pushes to boost relations with Persian Gulf Arab neighbors and other regional states.

Iran FM: Sudan crisis to jeopardize entire region if not contained

Iran’s foreign minister voices concern over the security situation in Sudan, which has been the scene of deadly infighting between the country’s rival military factions.

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