A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on the Yemeni capital

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An alliance led by Saudi Arabia, which is fighting against Yemeni hut rebels, launched airstrikes early Saturday morning in the country’s capital, Sana’a. Saudi state-run television reported the attacks, appealing to a coalition led by Saudi Arabia urging civilians to stay out of the targets without identifying them. The … Read more

Police fired tear gas at protesters in Isfahan, Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Police fired tear gas and fought protesters with bombs on Friday in a city in central Iran that has seen days of protests calling for government action because of the drought, online videos show. Social media videos and other activist videos show the clash between police and protesters in … Read more

UN ambassador: Sudan’s new treaty saved the country from civil war

KAIRO (AP) – The agreement reached in Sudan to return the prime minister as a result of the military coup is incomplete, but it has saved the country from slipping into civil war, the UN envoy to Sudan said on Friday. Volker Perthes spoke of an agreement between Sudanese military leaders and Prime Minister Abdallah … Read more

Turkish court extends activist detention despite pressure

ISTANBUL (AP) – On Friday, a Turkish court extended the imprisonment of philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose case caused a diplomatic crisis with the United States and other Western countries after they demanded his release. The court’s decision paves the way for the Council of Europe to launch infringement proceedings against Turkey. Kavala has been imprisoned … Read more

Turkish soldier killed on Syrian border: Ministry of Defense

ISTANBUL (AP) – A Turkish soldier died trying to prevent people from entering Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said on Friday. The ministry said in a statement that Special Infantry Sergeant Savas Dinc was wounded “in intervention (against) people who tried to cross illegally from Turkey to Syria”. He was taken to a hospital in … Read more

Israel warns of an “emergency” after a new strain of the virus is detected

JERUSALEM (AP) – Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel was “on the verge of an emergency” on Friday when authorities discovered the country’s first case of a new variant of the coronavirus on a returning passenger from Malawi. According to the Ministry of Health, the passenger and two other suspects, all of whom had been … Read more

Libya: UN condemns offensive in court before national vote

KAIRO (AP) – The UN mission in Libya condemned the attack on armed men on the Court of Appeal on Friday because it was due to reconsider an earlier decision blocking the candidacy of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son for president. On Thursday, armed men besieged the court in the southern town of Sabha and … Read more

Tear gas women in the Turkish police protest the violence

ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish police fired tear gas on Thursday to break a protest in Istanbul demanding the country’s return to a major international agreement signed in the same city to protect women from violence. The women marched on Istanbul’s main pedestrian street, Istiklal, to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against … Read more

Legal group: Israel postpones Jerusalem settlement plan

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli authorities appear to have set plans to build a large Jewish colony at an abandoned airport in East Jerusalem, at least for now, a human rights group said Thursday. Plans by the Atarot settlement called for the construction of 9,000 homes marketed to ultra-Orthodox Jews in an open area next to … Read more

The relatives of the victims of the Beirut blast gather to continue the investigation

BEIRUT (AP) – Relatives of the victims of last year’s explosion in the port of Beirut gathered before the Lebanese Supreme Court on Thursday to prevent an investigation into the devastating explosion. They said in a message to the authorities, “We are tired of waiting.” An investigation into the August 2020 explosion, led by Lebanese … Read more