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Syrian State Media: Suspected Israeli Airstrikes Target Damascus 

Arab World Flares of Syrian air defense rockets are seen in the sky of Damascus on April 4, 2023. (AFP)

Syrian State Media: Suspected Israeli Airstrikes Target Damascus 

Airstrikes attributed to Israel targeted Syria's capital city late Sunday, the first such strikes in nearly a month, Syrian state media reported. Syrian…

Arab World Syrian women cross the border to return to their country. (EPA)

Türkiye to Repatriate Syrian Refugees to Regime-Controlled Areas

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Ankara is seeking to safely return Syrian refugees to areas controlled by the Syrian government, and…

Saeed Abdel Razek
Arab World Egyptian Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Soha Gendy meets with Cypriot Ambassador to Egypt Polly Ioannou in Cairo. (Egyptian government)

Egypt, Cyprus, Greece Agree to Boost Cooperation in Tourism

Egypt, Cyprus and Greece agreed on Saturday to boost cooperation in tourism. Egyptian Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Soha Gendy met with…

Arab World A Yemeni farmer picks strawberries in a field near Sanaa. (AFP)

Food Security Improves in Liberated Yemeni Regions, UN Complains of Houthi Restrictions

The food security situation in Yemen’s government-controlled districts has improved, dropping to 22 percent, according to a new UN report. The report didn’t…

Mohammed Nasser (Aden)
Arab World FILE PHOTO: Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit attends a news conference at the Arab Gulf Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 9, 2022. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri/File Photo

Arab League Urges Int’l Community to Salvage Sudan’s National Institutions

The Arab League urged the international community on Saturday to prevent the collapse of national institutions in Sudan and embark on salvaging the war-torn…

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Arab World A handout picture released by Iraq's Prime Minister's Media Office shows Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani attending a meeting with transport ministry representatives in Baghdad on May 27, 2023. (Iraqi Prime Minister’s Press Office/AFP)

Iraq Announces Plans for $17 Billion Transportation Project Linking Asia to Europe

Iraq’s prime minister on Saturday announced plans for a $17 billion regional transportation project intended to facilitate the flow of goods from Asia to…

Arab World  Smoke billows behind buildings in southern Khartoum, on May 27, 2023, amid ongoing fighting between the forces of two rival generals. (AFP)

Sudan's Burhan Seeks Removal of UN Envoy in Letter to Guterres, Who Is ‘Shocked’ by Demand

Sudan's military ruler demanded in a letter to the UN secretary general that the UN envoy to his country be removed, officials said Saturday. The UN chief was …

Arab World FILE - Migrants are brought to shore after being intercepted by the Libyan coast guard on the Mediterranean Sea, in Garaboli Libya, on Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Yousef Murad, File)

UN: Migrants who Tried to Cross Mediterranean Brought Back to Libya

Nearly 500 migrants who tried to cross the central Mediterranean have been brought back to Libya, a spokesman for the UN migration agency said on Friday, two…

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)
Arab World In this Monday, April 23, 2018 photo, Syrian refugee children play outside their family tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Bar Elias, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

UN Delays Dual-currency Cash Help to Refugees in Lebanon

The United Nations has delayed a decision to give Syrian refugees in Lebanon cash help partly in US dollars after objections from senior Lebanese officials…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)
Arab World  Meeting between the Italian military delegation and Algerian defense officials (Algerian Ministry of Defense)

Algeria Heads towards Italy to Conclude 'Arm Deals'

In light of its increasing military spending, Algeria is considering diversifying its partners in the field of defense and arms purchases. In this…

Asharq Al Awsat (Algiers)
Arab World The Egyptian Minister of Immigration during her meeting with the Ambassador of the European Union to Cairo (Egyptian Cabinet)

Egypt, EU Cooperate to Rehabilitate 'Migrant Workers'

Egypt is taking steps to establish a training center in cooperation with the European Union, to sponsor and support the movement of skilled labor and citizens…

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)
Arab World A Yemeni beekeeper in Taiz governorate (AFP)

Yemen's Honey Production Drops Due to Climate Change, Houthi Practices

Beekeeping in Yemen is facing significant challenges that have led to a decline in honey production and the poor quality offered in the market. The…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World The head of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council meets a group of members of the Baha'i community (Saba)

Houthi Brutality Targets 17 Yemeni Baha'is

The Houthi militias have once again attacked the members of the Baha'i community in the latest wave of violations against religious minorities. On…

Mohammed Nasser (Aden) Ali Rabih
Arab World The Finance Committee during its meeting on Thursday (Iraqi Parliament)

Erbil Rejects Amendments to Draft Iraq Budget

On the eve of the Iraqi parliament’s vote on the draft financial budget, the Kurdistan Regional Government announced its rejection of amendments to some…

Hamza Mustafa (Baghdad)
Arab World The commander of RSF, Mohamed Hamdan' Hemedti' Dagalo (AP)

US Accuses Russia's Wagner of Providing Sudan's RSF with Missiles

The United States accused Russia's Wagner Group in Mali of working to obtain military gear from Mali for Russia's war in Ukraine and sending surface-to-air…

Arab World Tunisian security forces patrol along Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on January 14, 2022. (AFP)

National Guards Thwart Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

Tunisia's national guard on Friday announced the arrest of a suspected ISIS group member in possession of explosives who was planning "four simultaneous…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World FILE PHOTO: A view shows the exterior of Lebanon's Central Bank building in Beirut, Lebanon March 21, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Lebanon Says to Take Steps to Fix Finance Sector Shortfalls

Lebanon will work over the next year to address deficiencies in policing corruption identified by a financial crime watchdog, the country's financial…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)

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Arab World FILE PHOTO: Migrants from sub-saharan African countries on a dinghy react as they are towed by a rescue boat during their effort to cross part of the Aegean Sea from Türkiye to the island of Lesbos, Greece, February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo

Rescuers: Mediterranean Boat Carrying 500 Migrants Has Disappeared

A boat carrying about 500 migrants, including a newborn baby and pregnant women, has disappeared in the central Mediterranean, two charities said on Friday. …

Arab World A Palestinian kicks a burning object during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers following the death of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan during a hunger strike in an Israeli jail, in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank May 2,2023. REUTERS/Mussa Issa Qawasm

Army: Israeli Settler Kills Palestinian who Attempted Stabbing

The Israeli military said an armed Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian man who it said tried to carry out a stabbing attack in a settlement in the occupied…

Arab World Members of Italian Guardia Costiera prepare to bring on board the migrants of a wooden boat near the island of Lampedusa, in the Mediterranean Sea, September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Tunisia Says Major Migrant Trafficker Arrested

Tunisia has arrested a man suspected being the organizer of a ring that smuggled migrants across the Mediterranean, including an attempted crossing in which 20…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World PSP leader Walid Joumblat (Archive-Reuters)

Lebanon: Joumblat Resigns as PSP Leader, to Pass Role to His Son

Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party leader, Walid Joumblat, has announced his resignation from the party’s leadership after 46 years. Joumblat’s…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)
Arab World A 10-year-old tourist guide walks inside Khan al-Franj in Sidon's old city, in southern Lebanon May 7, 2023. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

World Bank: $300 Million to Scale-Up Support to Poor Lebanese Households

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a $300 million additional financing to expand and extend the provision of cash transfers to…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)
Arab World Smoke billows from a fire in a building in the center of Khartoum on May 25, 2023. (AFP)

Sudan’s Warring Parties Trade Blame over Truce Breach

Sudan's warring sides accused each other on Thursday of being behind breaches of the latest ceasefire that was negotiated by the US and Saudi Arabia, now in…

Arab World In this picture taken on May 24, 2023, construction workers lay concrete after the inauguration of a Turkish-funded housing complex for the internally displaced, in the area of Al-Ghandura, in the Syrian countryside of Jarabulus. (AFP)

Türkiye Kicks off Syria Housing Project for Refugee Returns

Türkiye has launched the construction of nearly a quarter million housing units to resettle refugees in opposition-held northern Syria, Turkish media said, as…

Arab World Israeli soldiers watch as Hezbollah supporters mark the "Liberation Day", the 23rd anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 25, 2000, on the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern village of Kfar Kila, Thursday, May 25, 2023. (AP)

Israel Shoots Down Drone from Lebanon, Military Says

Israel shot down a drone that had crossed over from Lebanon on Thursday, its military said in a statement. "A short while ago, IDF (Israel Defense Forces)…

Arab World Yemeni cabinet holding a meeting in Aden on Wednesday (Saba News Agency)

Yemen Laments Resource Shortage, Houthis Threatens Vital Sectors

The Yemeni government acknowledged on Wednesday a critical lack of resources to address crucial expenses, highlighting its dependence on support from allies…

Ali Rabih (Aden)
Arab World  US soldiers during a ceremony handing over four F-16 fighter jets at Balad Air Base. (AP) 

NATO Mission in Iraq Pledges Continued Support to Iraqi Security Forces Against Terrorism

The NATO mission in Iraq vowed to continue supporting the country's security forces through training and military advice, reaffirming that their presence is at…

Mustafa Hamza (Baghdad)
Arab World  Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and the Chief of Staff, speaking with workers at a control center on the border with Syria (Turkish Ministry of Defense)

Türkiye: Our Presence in Syria Aims to Preserve its Unity

Türkiye has once again ruled out the idea of withdrawing its forces from Syria at the present time, pointing to fears related to the presence of “terrorist…

Saeed Abdel Razek (Ankara)
Arab World File photo of ships seen at the entrance of the Suez Canal. Xin Hai Tong 23 was briefly stuck after becoming grounded in the canal. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Ship Briefly Grounded in Suez Canal Is Refloated

A ship was briefly stuck in the Suez Canal after running aground, before being successfully refloated after an hour and 16 minutes, a shipping agent said. …

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)