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China’s Xi Calls on West to Lift Sanctions against War-Ravaged Syria

Arab World Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in eastern Hangzhou city, in this handout picture released by Sana on September 22, 2023, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

China’s Xi Calls on West to Lift Sanctions against War-Ravaged Syria

China's President Xi Jinping called on the West to lift sanctions on Syria and offered Beijing's help in rebuilding the war-shattered country on Friday during…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World A Palestinian man stands in front of damage caused by an Israeli raid on Jenin city and its camp. (AFP)

Palestinian PM Says Oslo Accords Have ‘Vanished’

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh appealed for strong international support to overcome political and financial challenges, enhance reform efforts,…

Kifah Zboun (Ramallah)
Arab World A banner depicting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen outside a polling station during the referendum on draft constitutional amendments (File photo: Reuters)

Two New Candidates Run for Presidential Election in Egypt

Two new figures, opposition activist and head of Egypt's liberal Constitution Party (al-Dostour) Gameela Ismail and Chairman of the Egyptian Social Democratic…

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)
Arab World UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Aroldo Lazaro arriving at the ceremony (UN)

UNIFIL: Full Implementation of UN Resolution 1701 is Shared Responsibility

The full implementation of UN Resolution 1701 is a shared responsibility, and the parties' commitment is necessary to advance towards a long-term solution,…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beirut)
Arab World 02 September 2023, Cyprus, Limassol: The store window is shattered as protesters attack a hair salon belonging to a migrant. (dpa)

Cyprus Calls on the EU to Rethink Syrian Safe Zones for Eventually Repatriating Syrian Migrants 

Cyprus has formally called on the European Union to re-evaluate which areas of Syria can be declared safe and free from armed conflict so that Syrian migrants…

Arab World Policemen stand guard in Tunis. (Reuters)

Tunisia Frees Cartoonist after His Arrest over Drawings Mocking PM

Tunisia's public prosecutor on Friday released the cartoonist Tawfiq Omrane, after he was detained for hours over drawings mocking the prime minister. Omrane…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World Palestinian President during his speech at the UN General Assembly (AFP)

Palestinian President Calls for Salvaging Two-State Solution

The Palestinian President called on the United Nations General Assembly to undertake the necessary arrangements to convene a peace conference, which may be the…

Ali Barada (New York)
Arab World A bullet hole is seen in a shop window following an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (AP)

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Fighter in Northern West Bank Raid 

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian militant during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the seventh person killed this week as President Mahmoud…

Arab World The President of the Presidential Leadership Council of Yemen addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Yemen’s Alimi at UN: No More Concessions to Houthis

Rashad al-Alimi, the head of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council (PLC), strongly warned against his country going back to a time of slavery due to the…

Ali Rabih (Aden)
Arab World The US delegation during the meeting of the Libyan commander-in-chief (US Embassy)

US Urges Libyans to Form a ‘Unified Army’

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander General Micheal Langley and the US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland reiterated the call for the formation of a unified…

Khaled Mahmoud (Cairo)
Arab World An Israeli tank is positioned near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers, as it is seen from the Israeli side September 20, 2023. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel Strikes Alleged Syrian Military Structures. It Says the Buildings Violated a 1974 Cease-fire

The Israeli military said tanks struck two structures inside a demilitarized zone in Syria on Thursday, claiming the buildings violated a half-century-old…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan Abdelrahman Al-Burhan, President of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Sudan's Rival Military Leaders Give Competing Addresses to UN

The heads of Sudan's rival military factions gave competing addresses to the United Nations on Thursday, one from the podium at UN headquarters in New York and…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World People sit among the rubble in Libya's eastern city of Derna on September 20, 2023, following a deadly flash flood. (Photo by Abu Bakr AL-SOUSSI / AFP)

IOM: At Least 43,059 People Displaced by Libya Floods

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday at least 43,059 people have been displaced by severe floods in northeastern Libya. In a…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World Ahmad Khalil, 53, sits with his family in a cave he carved manually with his children in five years, near his original home in the mostly abandoned village of Kansafra, on September 10, 2023. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP)

'Like a Grave': Syrians Shelter Underground

In a battered village in Syria's last main opposition bastion, one resident has hewn a bomb shelter out of rock to stay on his land and protect his family from…

Asharq Al Awsat (Damascus)
Arab World Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian during their meeting in New York (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Egyptian, Iranian Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Relations in New York

Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, received his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, at Egypt's permanent mission to the UN in New York on…

Asharq Al Awsat (New York)
Arab World UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk

Int’l Support Grows for Beirut Port Blast Fact-Finding Mission

A deadlock in the judicial probe into the Beirut port explosion, which has persisted for nearly two years, has prompted discussions of an international…

Youssef Diab (Beirut)
Arab World Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (AP)

Report: Ukraine Likely Behind Attacks on RSF in Sudan for Receiving Assistance from Wagner

Ukrainian special services were likely behind a series of recent attacks on the Wagner-backed Rapid Support Forces (RSF) near Sudan’s capital, CNN reported on…

Asharq Al Awsat (Khartoum)

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Syrian President Arrives in China on First Visit since the Beginning of War in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in China on Thursday on his first visit to the country since the start of Syria's 12-year conflict during which Beijing…

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Arab World Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) President Rashad al-Alimi receives UAE Foreign Minister in New York (SABA)

Yemeni Diplomatic Push in New York Seeks Crucial Peace Support

At the UN General Assembly in New York, Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) President Rashad al-Alimi highlighted his country’s crisis, rallying…

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Arab World The new US embassy in Lebanon (US embassy Beirut Twitter account)

Lebanon Begins Investigating Shooting Outside US Embassy that Caused No Injuries

Lebanon’s security agencies have launched an investigation into a late night shooting outside the US embassy in Lebanon that caused no injuries, officials said…

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Israeli Intelligence Threatens Commander of Imam Hussein Brigade in Syria

The Israeli army’s military intelligence sent warnings to the pro-Iran Imam Hussein Brigade - which is made up of sub-units operating in Syria - and accused…

Asharq Al Awsat (Tel Aviv)
Arab World Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) President Rashad al-Alimi, during his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Yemen's Presidential Leadership Calls for Support, Pressuring Houthis

Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) President Rashad al-Alimi accused the Houthi group of obliterating decades of developments in the country since…

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Arab World Army chief Abdulfattah al-Burhan during a tour at the Flamingo marine base in Port Sudan (File photo: AFP)

Tensions Mount Over Potential War Expansion in Sudan's Eastern Region

Concerns are growing about the possibility of the ongoing conflict in Sudan spreading to new areas, including East Sudan, which had thus far remained…

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Arab World Palestinian relatives of Youssef Radwan mourn him after he was killed near the Israeli-Gaza border fence. (Reuters)

Several Palestinians Killed, Wounded by Israeli Gunfire in Jenin

Israeli troops raided the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank late Tuesday, killing three people and wounding some 30 others, according to Palestinian…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World A general view of Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis, virtually deserted on the first day of a general lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ordered by Tunisia's president, in Tunis, Tunisia, March 22, 2020. (Reuters)

Tunisia Hit by Rare Nationwide Power Blackout

Electricity supplies were cut across Tunisia for two hours on Wednesday. The reason for the rare nationwide outage was unclear, residents and the state…

Asharq Al Awsat
Arab World Iraqi President Abdel Latif Rashid speaks during a news conference as an ancient artifact brought back from Italy is displayed at the Peace Palace inside the Green Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 18, 2023. (AP)

Iraq Condemns ‘Repeated Turkish Attacks’ after Kurdish Officers Killed

Iraq's President Abdel Latif Rashid condemned on Tuesday "repeated Turkish attacks", a day after a drone strike on a northern airfield killed three Kurdish…

Arab World Palestinian patients carry their belongings on their way back to the Gaza Strip after receiving medical treatment in Israel, near the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel, in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023. (AP)

Israel Shuts Down Main Crossing with Gaza after Outbreak of Border Violence

Israel has barred entry to thousands of Palestinian laborers from the Gaza Strip following an eruption of violent protests that have escalated tensions along…

Arab World Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, center, waves to his supporters at a polling station during the Presidential elections in the town of Douma, in the eastern Ghouta region, near the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2021. (AP)

Syria’s Assad to Head to China This Week

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad will head to China later this week in his first visit to Beijing since the start of his country's 12-year conflict during…

Arab World  A worker unloads boxes of humanitarian aid in a World Health Organization warehouse in Sarmada, in northern Syria on September 19, 2023. (AFP)

Strategic Border Crossing Reopens Allowing UN Aid to Reach Opposition-Held Northwest Syria

A United Nations aid convoy reached opposition-held northwest Syria Tuesday after a vital border crossing from Türkiye reopened following an agreement with the…