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Russian Jets Strike Syrian Opposition-Held Bastion in Heaviest Strikes since Ceasefire

Syrian opposition sources said Russian jets bombed northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes since a Turkish-Russian deal halted major fighting with a ceasefire nearly six months ago. Witnesses said the warplanes struck the western outskirts of Idlib city and that there was heavy

US to Slap Sanctions on Over Two Dozen Iran-Linked Targets

The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior US official said. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by th

Turkey May Resume Talks with Greece, Warns Against Sanctions

Turkey and Greece could soon resume talks over their contested Mediterranean claims but European Union leaders meeting this week will not help if they threaten sanctions, Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Sunday. The NATO members and neighbors have been locked in a bitter dispute over the e

Thousands March in Berlin in Support of Refugees in Greece

Thousands of people marched in Berlin on Sunday demanding that the government do more to help migrants stuck in Greece, many of whom have been made homeless since fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp. The crowd marched through the capital to the landmark Victory Column carrying signs

Habtoor Group to Open Representative Office in Israel

Dubai conglomerate Al Habtoor Group is to open a representative office in Israel, it said on Sunday. The United Arab Emirates and Israel last week agreed to establish bilateral diplomatic and trade ties, which officials have said would create significant economic opportunities. The family-owne

Rouhani: US Faces Defeat over UN Sanctions

The United States faces defeat in its move to reimpose UN sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington declared all UN sanctions on Iran had been restored. "America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move ...

Saudi Arabia: Less Than 500 Virus Cases for 1st Time in 5 Months

The Saudi Health Ministry announced on Sunday 483 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the first time the number has been below the 500 mark since April.

At Saudi Request, Arab Environment Ministers to Meet to Address Safer Tanker Crisis

Arab environment ministers will meet on Monday at Saudi Arabia’s request to address Yemen’s Safer oil tanker crisis. The environment ministers of Arab League states will meet at an extraordinary virtual meeting to underscore the need to find the necessary solution to avert an environment disaster

'Political Paralysis': Lebanese Patriarch Points at ‘Shiite Duo’ for Cabinet Delay

Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai took a swipe at leaders of the two main Shiite parties on Sunday for making demands he said were blocking the formation of a new government and causing political paralysis in a nation in deep crisis. Rai did not mention Shiites directly but asked how one

Iran's Rial Hits Record Low as Tension Spikes with US

The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the US dollar on the unofficial market on Sunday, a day after the US President Donald Trump’s administration declared all United Nations sanctions on Tehran had been restored. The dollar was offered for as much as 273,000 rials, up from 267,800 rials

Some Libyan Oil Facilities Restart Operations

Workers at Libya’s major Sharara field have restarted operations, two engineers working there said, after National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced a partial lifting of force majeure. They said flaring had restarted at the field and shared a video of it, and added that engineers had been returning

Odes to Beirut

A book of insights, reflections and recollections of memories of growing up in Beirut, and the pain of separation and nostalgia, is to be released soon by Dar Nelson Publishing House.

Britain at COVID-19 Tipping Point, Health Minister Says

Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don’t follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks to more than 4,000 p

Guterres: No Action on UN Iran Sanctions due to 'Uncertainty'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a US declaration that all UN sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month tha

US Says UN Sanctions on Iran Have Now Been Reimposed. What Does that Mean?

US President Donald Trump’s administration said late Saturday all United Nations sanctions on Iran have been restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 UN Security Council members, including long-time US allies, say Washington’s

China's Rich Seek Bodyguards Schooled in Digital Dark Arts

At the "Genghis Security Academy", which bills itself as China's only dedicated bodyguard school, students learn that the threats to the country's newly-rich in the tech age are more likely to emerge from a hacker than a gunman. Each day students in matching black business suits toil from dawn un

German Bakery Helps Deaf Chinese Earn their Daily Bread

The oven's warm glow and aroma of fresh bread signal the morning rush at Bach's Bakery in the central Chinese city of Changsha, but although the baking staff chatter excitedly, you could hear a pin drop. Bach's employs mainly hearing-impaired staff, whose banter over trays of pumpkin bread, Danis

Strict Mask, Visor Rules Make Philippine Commuters Sweat

In the sweltering heat and humidity, 31-year-old Caitlyn Tojanes grumbles about having to wear a face shield over her mask as she waits in line for her bus in the Philippine capital Manila. "It's uncomfortable.

Hollywood Stars Don Pajamas for Pandemic-Era 'Virtual' Emmys

TV stars picked out their favorite pajamas ahead of Sunday's reinvented, pandemic-hit Emmys, which will see nominees accept prizes live from their homes, with dark superhero satire "Watchmen" tipped to dominate the night. Hollywood's first major Covid-era award show will look radically different

Lebanon Faces Medicine Shortages, Stocks Won’t Last More than a Month

Since March, the Lebanese have been suffering from the shortage of a number of medicines, especially those for chronic diseases, for intermittent periods that used to reach 15 days. Today, obtaining some medications requires a tour of a number of pharmacies and promises to secure them after perio

International Organizations Laud Saudi Arabia’s Relief Role in Yemen

Humanitarian and international organizations thanked Saudi Arabia for its constant support to the Yemeni people and highly valued the effective partnership with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which contributed to alleviating the suffering of the needy and distressed a

Barca Club President Won't Resign after 20,000 Sign Petition

Barcelona’s embattled club president has no intention of resigning after more than 20,000 club members signed a petition for Josep Bartomeu and his board to face a censure vote. “No one is thinking about stepping down,” Bartomeu told Catalan television TV3 on Saturday before Barcelona beat Elche

Tunisian Opposition Party Calls for Reviewing Agreements with Turkey, Qatar

Tunisia’s opposition Free Destourian Party called on Saturday for withdrawing draft projects with Turkey and Qatar from parliament. The party urged against approving the agreements, demanding that all previous deals signed with Ankara and Doha be reviewed. It explained that all of these past a

8 People Detained in UAE for Violating COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

The United Arab Emirates’ Emergency and Crisis Prosecution Office (ECPO) at the Federal Public Prosecution ordered the detention of eight people, who hosted wedding parties which were attended by large numbers of guests, in violation of the COVID-19 precautionary measures. The Office urged the pu

Carpenters Wow Public with Medieval Techniques at Notre Dame

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark's devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled its spire.

Republican Senators Push for Sanctions on Iran’s Entire Financial Sector

A group of Republican senators petitioned US President Donald Trump to press forward with a set of new sanctions on the entirety of Iran’s financial sector. According to Executive Order No.

Disjointed and Overrun, Man Utd Slumps to Loss on EPL Return

Manchester United began its Premier League campaign with a performance as disjointed as its offseason. Maybe the 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday shouldn’t really have come as a surprise. After all, United only ended a pandemic-prolonged 2019-20 season 33 days ago with a demoralizin

Nadal Still Rusty after break; Djokovic Still Angry

Rafael Nadal still has to shed some rustiness following a seven-month break from tennis as he prepares to chase a record-extending 13th French Open title. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, still appears to have some anger issues two weeks after getting kicked out of the US Open for unintentionally hitti

South Korea Keeps Social Distancing Curbs ahead of Major National Holiday

South Korea on Sunday extended level 2 social distancing for a week until Sept.

South Korea Police Arrests Defector Trying to Cross back to North Korea

South Korean police said on Sunday they had arrested a defector who tried to return to North Korea after a similar, successful crossing in July escalated tensions on the peninsula. The defector, who had fled to South Korea in 2018, was suspected of breaking into a military training site in South

Thai Protesters Challenge Monarchy as Huge Protests Escalate

Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers. Protesters have grown ever bolder during two months of demonstrations against Thailand’s palace and militar

IRGC Threatens Trump, Vows 'Real Revenge' for Soleimani’s Killing

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) threatened US President Donald Trump of targeting everyone who had a role in the killing of former commander of al-Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani. IRGC Commander Hossein Salami vowed that revenge for Soleimani's killing would be "decisive,

Israelis Protest Against New COVID-19 Lockdown

Dozens of Israelis held a demonstration against a new lockdown prompted by a surge in coronavirus cases. The protesters Saturday relied on a loophole in the national closure’s guidelines that allows people to travel beyond the one square kilometer limit if they are to participate in a demonstrat

Calls for More Protests in Tripoli, Benghazi to ‘Save Libya’ from Corruption

Residents of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and eastern city of Benghazi have called for peaceful protests on Monday against “all forms of corruption” and the “toppling of all political bodies.” Activists in eastern Libya have been making these calls for days ahead of Monday’s rally that will be he

Syrian Govt Slams Dutch Legal Action Against Officials over Human Rights Violations

Syria's government condemned Netherlands' legal action to hold Syrian officials responsible for gross human rights violations, accusing it of using the International Court of Justice to serve US agendas, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. "The Dutch government… is determined to

Damascus under Fire for Poor Handling of Bread, Gasoline Shortages

The Syrian government ordered that daily family bread rations be reduced after failing to provide subsidized bread and gasoline to the people.

EU Seeks New Powers to Penalize Tech Giants

The European Union wants to arm itself with new powers to penalize big technology companies, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The proposed plan includes forcing tech giants to break up or sell some of their European operations if their market dominance is deemed to threaten the interests o

Iraq FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Our Country Can’t Be Open Arena for Others to Settle Scores

Paris was the third stop of Iraqi Prime Minister Fuad Hussein’s European tour. In the French capital, he met with his counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and other officials.

MWL Launches Urgent Relief Campaign for Pakistan Flood Victims

The Muslim World League (MWL) has sent urgent relief aid packages to assist flood-affected people in a number of areas of Pakistan. The campaign kicked off under the supervision of the head of the National Authority for Natural Disaster Management of Pakistan, Gen.

Egypt Starts Preparations for 3rd Cairo Water Week

Egypt kicked off its preparations for the Cairo Water Week' third edition, which will be held under the slogan "Water Security for Peace and Development in Arid Regions". This comes as negotiations between Cairo, Addis Ababa and Khartoum still face complications concerning a final agreement on th

Patrice Evra: Ferguson Used to Destroy Any Player Thinking He's Bigger Than the Team

“Sometimes I don’t want to talk about all these things because, inside, I’m crying,” Patrice Evra says as we sit on his favorite bench in London. The former Manchester United defender shields his eyes on the hottest day of the summer as we look over the Thames in a discreet corner of Battersea.

Palestinians Refuse to Resume Negotiations with Israel

Palestinian officials have rejected calls to resume negotiations with Israel, saying they will not return to the dialogue if the American peace plan, known as the “deal of the century”, was still on the table. Member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Ahmed al-Majdalani said the dea

Surge in Turkish COVID Cases Pits Doctors Against Politicians

Resurgent coronavirus cases in Turkey are fueling tensions between doctors who said the official figures underplay the scale of the outbreak and politicians who accuse the country’s medical association of undermining efforts to contain it. More than 1,600 new cases and 60 deaths from COVID-19 are

Envelope with Deadly Poison Ricin Addressed to White House Intercepted

An envelope addressed to the White House and intercepted by US authorities contained a substance identified as ricin, a deadly poison that appeared to have been sent from Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Saturday. An RCMP spokesman confirmed “it has received a request for

Turkey Extends Operations of Its Seismic Research Vessel off Cyprus by One Month

Turkey said on Friday it extended the operations of its seismic research vessel Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa off southeastern Cyprus until Oct.

US Says Iran UN Sanctions Back in Effect

The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them. "Today, the United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on Iran," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said

KSrelief Inaugurates Two Desalination Plants in Yemen's Hajjah

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) inaugurated in Yemen's Hajjah two desalination plants within the activities of the water supply and environmental sanitation project. The a project was implemented in cooperation with Taiba Foundation for Development. The governor of H

Shrapnel from Houthi Projectile on Saudi Arabia’s Jazan Wounds 5

Five people were wounded on Saturday from a projectile that was fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia’s Jazan region. Spokesman for the Civil Defense directorate in Jazan, Mohammed al-Ghamdi said the projectile landed in a border village in the al-Harth area. H