Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Middle East

Saudi FM says kingdom ‘open to dialog’ with Iran

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud says the kingdom is “open to dialog” with Iran aimed at narrowing down their differences and restoring diplomatic ties.

Saudi Arabia executes Shia political activist on terror charges

Saudi Arabia has executed an imprisoned political activist from the Shia-majority Eastern Province. The death penalty came after five years of arbitrary detention.

Israeli soldiers kill six Palestinians in West Bank city

Israeli forces have killed at least six Palestinians and wounded 11 others during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian health ministry has confirmed.

Israeli attack puts Aleppo airport out of service in Syria

Israel has launched an airstrike on Syria’s Aleppo airport, damaging its runway and taking it out of service, according to Syrian state media.

Pentagon chief arrives in Iraq on a surprise visit

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad on an unannounced visit following meetings in Jordan.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah supports Franjieh as president

The leader of Hezbollah movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, urged the Lebanese parliament to elect a new president, declaring the movement's support for former president Suleiman Franjieh as their candidate.

Israel can’t find pilots for Netanyahu’s Italy visit: Report

Israel’s government has reportedly looked to find another airline to fly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Rome after the national air carrier, El Al, was unable to find any pilots or flight attendants to staff this week’s visit to Italy.

Report: Israel exporting arms to Azerbaijan in return for access to Iran

A new investigation has revealed that Israel is exporting weapons worth billions of dollars to Azerbaijan in return for the former Soviet republic supplying Tel Aviv with oil and providing access to Iran.

Damascus says top US general visit “illegal” and “flagrant violation” of Syria’s sovereignty

Damascus has condemned a recent visit by top US military officer General Mark Milley to northeast Syria, saying the move is “illegal” and a "flagrant violation" of the country's sovereignty.

Opposition group says Bahrain turned into graveyard of human rights

Bahrain's main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has voiced serious concern over the alarming situation of human rights in the Persian Gulf country. It stated that the ruling Al Khalifah regime would exploit the forthcoming Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly to burnish its international image.

Huge rallies held against Israeli PM for 9th straight week

Tens of thousands of protesters have held rallies for the ninth straight week across the occupied territories against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's so-called judicial reforms.

European states call on Israel to reverse plans to build new settler units

Six European countries have urged Israel to halt the expansion of its settlements in the occupied West Bank amid escalated tensions between Palestinians and Israelis.

Iran rejects British Navy’s report on smuggling weapons to Yemen

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has refuted the allegations made by the UK Navy that a boat smuggling Iranian arms has been seized off the coast of the Sea of Oman in a joint operation with the US.

New shipment of Iranian relief aid arrives in quake-hit regions of Syria

Iran sends a 15th shipment of humanitarian aid to quake-hit regions of Syria, which remains cut off from international assistance due to strict Western economic sanctions.

US military developed high classified contingency plan for war with Iran: Report

The US military has allocated funds for secret contingency operations related to a plan for war against Iran, according to a new report citing classified Pentagon documents.

Palestine urges UNSC to stop Israeli settlers violence

Palestine’s UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour has called on the United Nations Security Council to ensure protection for Palestinians, who have increasingly come under fatal attacks by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman condemns Israeli attacks on Palestinians

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has strongly condemned the recent attack by the Israeli settlers on the Palestinian people in the Hawarah settlement and the subrubs of the West Bank city of Nablu and their torching of Palestinian homes and properties.

Syrian president meets senior Arab lawmakers in Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has met with a delegation from the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, which is in Damascus to discuss restoration of Syria’s membership in the Arab League after more than a decade of suspension from the bloc.

Palestine, Israel pledge to implement measures to curb violence

Palestinian and Israeli officials have agreed on steps to de-escalate surging violence after talks in Jordan.

Palestinian man killed by Israeli settlers in WB

A Palestinian man has been killed with live bullets fired during an assault by the Israeli settlers, backed by the army soldiers, on a village near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Russian diplomat says Moscow, Tehran, Ankara and Damascus began work to set up foreign ministers meeting

Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iran have started work to determine the time and modality for a meeting of their foreign ministers, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said in an interview with TASS.

Arab parliament speakers arrive in Syria

A number of Arab parliament speakers and senior legislators landed in Damascus on Sunday in a surprise visit. It comes amid attempts by certain countries to bring Syria back to the Arab League more than a decade after it was suspended from the bloc.

Justice minister says Turkey launched probe into hundreds of people after quakes

Investigations have been launched against more than 600 people over the buildings that collapsed in Turkey’s catastrophic earthquakes earlier this month that left tens of thousands dead, according to the country’s justice minister.

Israelis hold mass rallies against Netanyahu’s judicial reforms for eighth week

Tens of thousands of Israelis held massive rallies for the eighth straight week against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned "judicial reforms."

Israel OKs new settlements in al-Quds, biggest in years

Israel has approved plans for the construction of thousands of new settler units in the occupied West Bank including al-Quds, defying international outcry.

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