Sunday, January 16, 2022


Middle East

UN envoy: No party seeks regime change in Syria

The United Nations’ special envoy for Syria says the developments in Syria have convinced involved parties that no regime change would be necessary in the Arab country.

Rockets target US military base in eastern Syria

Several rockets have reportedly hit a military facility housing US troops in Syria’s oil-producing eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Hezbollah, Amal to end boycotting Lebanon cabinet sessions

Powerful Lebanese movements of Hezbollah and Amal have announced they would end a boycott of cabinet sessions.

Report: Israel prepares weapons wish list for action against Iran, Hezbollah

Israel has reportedly prepared a secret wish list of weapons systems that it wants the US to add to the so-called American emergency stockpile in occupied Palestine for purported military action against Iran’s civilian nuclear sites and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Report: Iraq Shia leaders discuss “parliamentary coalition”

The leaders of two key Shia political groups in the Iraqi parliament have reportedly held a coordination meeting in the city of Najaf, in a first meeting after the controversial elections that saw the Muqtada al-Sadr bloc win a majority.

Iran reaffirms support for UN efforts to preserve Syria sovereignty

The Iranian foreign minister’s senior advisor for special political affairs has reaffirmed Iran’s support for the UN’s efforts to preserve Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the world body’s encouragement of dialog between Syrian factions.

Iran urges UN to do more to end Yemen war

The Iranian foreign minister’s senior advisor for special political affairs has called on the UN and the international community to stop the war and lift the inhumane siege on Yemen.

US base in Iraq comes under drone attack

An airbase housing US military forces and aircraft near the Iraqi capital Baghdad has come under a drone attack. Air raids on positions of American troops in the Arab country are on the rise.

US says working on laser weapons in ME, citing Iran activity

The US Navy is working on laser weapons in the Middle East to counteract a significant upsurge in Iran's deployment and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the region, top Central Command (CENTCOM) naval officer and US Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Brad Cooper says.

Yemen: Detained UAE vessel was carrying weapons

Yemen's National Salvation Government has reiterated that an Emirati vessel its naval forces detained recently was carrying weapons.

Film stars back Emma Watson on Palestinian solidarity post

More than 40 film stars including Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Gael García Bernal and Viggo Mortensen, have backed Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, after her post on social media in solidarity with Palestinians angered the Zionist regime officials.

Yemen says Iran peace plan can resolve crisis

Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah says Iranian peace initiative puts forward an effective solution to the ongoing conflict in the war-ravaged country. He added Saudi Arabia is looking for a pretext to prolong its devastating military aggression against Yemen.

4 rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad

At least four rockets targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday, two Iraqi security officials confirm.

Lebanon unions go on strike amid dire economic conditions

A general strike by public transportation and labor unions paralyzed Lebanon Thursday as the country in engulfed in one of the world’s worst economic crises.

Rights group slams rise in executions in Saudi Arabia 

The European-Saudi Organization of Human Rights, ESOHR, has reported a 148% increase in the number of executions in Saudi Arabia last year compared to 2020.

UN says $4bn needed for help in Yemen

The United Nations will need about $3.9bn this year to help millions of people in war-torn Yemen, a top UN humanitarian official says.

Saudi Arabia seeks to develop nuclear program

Saudi Arabia aims to take advantage of its uranium resources to develop its nuclear power program, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud revealed.

Iran calls for implementation of agreements with Syria

Iran’s minister of roads and urban development, who is visiting Syria, has called for implementation of existing agreements between the two countries. Rostam Qassemi says implementing the agreements helps both sides expand their economic ties, which are currently “trivial”. He made the comments during a press conference after meeting Syrian Economy Minister Mohammad Samer al-Khalil.

Syria joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Syria has joined China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which officials say will help Damascus open broad horizons of cooperation with Beijing and others.

Syria president calls for launching new joint projects with Iran

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has underlined the necessity of launching new joint projects with Iran that would serve the strategic interests of the two nations

Elderly Palestinian beaten to death by Israeli troops

An 80-year-old Palestinian man has died in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah after being arrested and beaten in handcuffs by Israeli forces.

Report: US quietly ditches Israel gas pipeline to Europe

The US government silently abandoned an eastern Mediterranean pipeline project that would carry Israeli gas through Cyprus to Europe this week by submitting a non-paper to Athens explaining its reasons, according to a report by Middle East Eye.

Yemen berates ‘ridiculous and pathetic’ Saudi use of US film to accuse Iran

Yemen has lambasted the Saudi-led military coalition for using footage of an a documentary on the US invasion of Iraq to accuse the country’s armed forces of stockpiling ballistic missiles in the besieged Red Sea port city of Hudaydah.

Lebanon central bank chief banned from leaving country

A Lebanese judge has issued a travel ban against Central Bank Governor over a lawsuit accusing him of financial misconduct.

Iran FM: Regional crises cannot be resolved through force

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says Tehran believes crises and problems in the West Asian region cannot be resolved through force, militarization and hegemony

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