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Macron Urges Lebanon to Avoid Being Dragged into War

Arab World President Macron speaks at an economic conference in Nantes. (Reuters)

Macron Urges Lebanon to Avoid Being Dragged into War

French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday against the spillover of Israel’s war on Hamas in Gaza to Lebanon. The spillover of the conflict into…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)
Arab World Leader of Hamas in Gaza Yahya al-Sinwar. (AP)

Report: Netanyahu Rejected Plan to Kill Hamas' Yahya Sinwar Six Times

Israeli former defense minister Avigdor Liberman confirmed on Tuesday a Maariv report saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had rejected - several times - a…

Arab World Palestinians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza City on the northern Gaza strip following weeks of Israeli bombardment, as a four-day ceasefire took effect on November 24, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Israel, Hamas Due to Release More People amid Efforts to Extend Truce

Hamas and Israel were expected to release more hostages and prisoners on Wednesday, the last day of a prolonged six-day truce in the Gaza Strip conflict, as…

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Arab World A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

Arab Countries Congratulate Saudi Arabia on Winning Bid to Host Expo 2030 in Riyadh 

Arab countries congratulated on Tuesday Saudi Arabia on winning its bid to host Expo 2030 in the capital Riyadh. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

Arab World Crowds of locals and displaced Palestinians walk past destroyed buildings in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

Jordan’s King Says Israeli Actions in Gaza and West Bank ‘Negate Human Values’

Jordan's King Abdullah said on Tuesday Israel's military campaigns in Gaza and army operations in the West Bank "negate human values and the right of life." …

Arab World  Palestinians visit their houses destroyed in the Israeli bombings southeast of the Gaza City on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 on the fifth day of the temporary ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. (AP)

UN Aid Chief Heads to Jordan for Talks to Open Second Crossing into Gaza

UN aid chief Martin Griffiths will travel to the Jordanian capital Amman on Wednesday for talks on the possibility of opening the Kerem Shalom crossing to…

Arab World Palestinians eat outside amid the destruction caused by Israeli strikes in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis near the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on November 27, 2023, amid a truce in battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AFP) 

More People at Risk of Death from Disease Than Bombings in Gaza, Warns WHO 

More people could die from disease than from bombings in the Gaza Strip if its health system is not repaired, a World Health Organization spokesperson said on…

Arab World Displaced Palestinians gather next to tents sheltering people in Khan Yunis near the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on November 27, 2023, amid a truce in battles between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)

US Asking Israel to Avoid Civilian Displacements in Any South Gaza Offensive 

The US is asking Israel to take greater care to protect civilians and limit damage to infrastructure if it launches an offensive in southern Gaza to avoid…

Arab World US peacekeepers patrol next to a damage house in the Lebanese side of the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern village of Marwahin, Lebanon, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. (AP)

Israeli Shell Hits Southern Lebanon Following Truce Extension 

Lebanese media reported that an Israeli shell struck the outskirts of a town in south Lebanon on Tuesday, hours after a temporary truce between the Palestinian…

Arab World Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf and the UN Secretary-General Envoy Abdullah Bathily(Algerian Foreign Ministry)

Algeria: Foreign Interventions Fueled Internal Division in Libya

Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf indicated that foreign military interventions exacerbated the Libyan crisis. In press statements following his…

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Arab World Iraqi forces are seen by their military vehicles during an operation against ISIS remnants. (Reuters file photo)

Iraq Court Sentences 4 ISIS Members to Death for Manufacturing Drones

Iraq's Central Criminal Court in Iraq issued four death sentences against ISIS terrorists on Monday for manufacturing drones and explosives to attack security…

Hamza Mustafa (Baghdad)
Arab World Palestinian prisoners freed from the Ofer Israeli military prison react as they get greeted by crowds awaiting their return in Beitunia, near Ramallah, West Bank, 28 November 2023. (EPA)

Israel, Hamas Extend Truce but It Seems Only Matter of Time Before War Resumes 

A truce between Israel and Hamas entered its fifth day on Tuesday, with the militant group promising to release more hostages to delay the expected resumption…

Arab World Smoke rises in Omdurman, near Halfaya Bridge, during clashes between the Rapid Support Forces and the army as seen from Khartoum North, Sudan April 15, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudan Forces Trade Fire Across Nile As Atrocities Reported In Darfur

The Sudanese army and paramilitary forces traded fire Monday across the Nile River in the capital Khartoum, witnesses said, in the eighth month of a war rights…

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Arab World Mourners carry the coffins of Iraq's Kataeb Hezbollah fighters who were killed by US airstrike in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad during a funeral in Baghdad, Iraq November 22, 2023. (Reuters)

Iraq Sees Risk of Regional Conflict if Gaza War Resumes 

Iraq sees a risk of regional conflict if the current truce in Gaza is not turned into a permanent ceasefire, the Iraqi prime minister's foreign affairs adviser…

Arab World Palestinian children wounded in Israeli strikes are brought to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Ali Mahmoud)

French Navy Ship Arrives In Egypt to Treat Gaza Wounded

A French warship arrived Monday in the Egyptian town of El-Arish near the border with the conflict-torn Gaza Strip to serve as a hospital for wounded civilians…

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Arab World US Secretary of State Antony Blinken walks to board his aircraft prior to departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, November 27, 2023, as he travels to Brussels for a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting. (Reuters)

Blinken to Visit Israel, West Bank, UAE This Week to Continue Gaza Diplomacy 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Israel, the West Bank and the United Arab Emirates this week, the US State Department said on Monday, as…

Arab World 27 November 2023, Spain, Barcelona: (L-R) Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit pose for a family photo after meeting in Barcelona to discuss ways to end the conflict in Gaza. (SPA)

Arab States, EU Agree on Need for Two-State Solution to Gaza Crisis

Arab states and the European Union agreed at a meeting in Spain on Monday that a two-state solution was the answer to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with EU…

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Arab World A Palestinian child holds a cat, while standing on the rubble of houses destroyed in Israeli strikes during the conflict, amid the temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, at Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip November 27, 2023. (Reuters)

Four-Day Truce in Israel-Hamas Conflict Is Important First Step, Says EU’s Borrell 

A four-day truce is an important first step in the Israel-Hamas conflict, but much more is needed to find a way out of the crisis, EU foreign affairs chief…

Arab World Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, holds talks with IGAD’s Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu in Djibouti on Sunday. (Sovereign Council)

Burhan Hopes IGAD Summit on Sudan Will Be a Success

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, held talks in Djibouti on Sunday with President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is currently chair…

Arab World Palestinians gather as they wait to receive flour bags distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) during a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 27, 2023. (Reuters)

Israel, Hamas Agree to Extend Truce for 2 More Days, Free More Hostages and Prisoners

Israel and Hamas agreed to extend their ceasefire for two more days past Monday, the Qatari government said, bringing the prospect of a longer halt to their…

Arab World US President Joe Biden speaks with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan at the White House last October (AFP)

Sullivan: US President to Work Intensively Towards 'Two-State Solution' Starting Now

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the administration of President Joe Biden is committed to the “two-state solution” which he…

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Arab World The Houthi-led war in Yemen led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis (AFP)

Houthis Expel UN Official from Sanaa

The Yemeni government on Sunday accused the international community of inaction in the face of Houthi terrorism, after the militia group expelled a UN official…

Ali Rabih (Aden)
Arab World Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi is seen during his sermon on Sunday. (Maronite Patriarchate on Facebook)

Lebanon’s Al-Rahi Objects to Appointment of New Army Chief amid Presidential Vacuum 

Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi declared on Sunday his objection to the appointment of a new commander of the army amid the vacuum in the…

Arab World Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily. (UN mission)

UN Envoy Says Libyan Officials Don’t Want to Hold Elections

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily declared on Saturday that…

Khaled Mahmoud (Cairo)
Arab World Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the Irish defense and foreign affairs minister (not in the picture) give a joint press conference in Cairo on November 15, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AFP)

Egypt Foreign Minister Discusses Israel-Hamas Truce with Blinken

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday to discuss obstacles threatening Israel's truce…

Arab World A Syrian Air plane is seen at Damascus International Airport. (Reuters file photo)

Syria Says Israel Strike Puts Damascus Airport Out of Service

Israeli air strikes put Damascus airport out of service on Sunday, forcing incoming flights to be diverted elsewhere, the Syrian army and a pro-government…

Arab World In an undated photo released by Zodiac Maritime, the tanker Central Park is seen. Attackers seized the tanker linked to Israel off the coast of Aden, Yemen, on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, authorities said. (Zodiac Maritime via AP)

US Navy Seizes Attackers Who Held Israel-Linked Tanker, Houthi Missiles Follow 

Armed assailants seized and later let go of a tanker linked to Israel off the coast of Yemen on Sunday before being apprehended by the United States Navy,…

Arab World Palestinians carry salvageable items as they leave Gaza City to safer areas in the south on November 25, 2023, on the second day of a truce between Israel and Hamas. (Photo by Omar El-Qattaa / AFP)

Killing Reported in Gaza Refugee Camp on Third Day of Truce

A Palestinian farmer was killed and another injured on Sunday after they were targeted by Israeli forces in the Maghazi refugee camp in the center of Gaza, the…

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Arab World Palestinians leaving the north walk through the Salaheddine road in the Zeitoun district on the southern outskirts of Gaza City on November 25, 2023, on the second day of a truce between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)

Senior Hamas Commander in Charge of N. Gaza Killed in the War, Group Says

Hamas says one of its top commanders has been killed in the war with Israel. The militant group announced the death of Ahmed al-Ghandour on Sunday,…