US senators urge caution on Saudi Arabia’s demands for Israel normalisation

A group of 20 US senators on Wednesday sent a letter to the Biden administration raising a number of concerns over the reported concessions Washington was discussing in order to broker a normalisation agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The letter, spearheaded by Senators Chris Murphy, Chris Van Hollen, Peter Welch, and Dick Durbin, said that[…]

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Arabic press review: Lebanese journalist sentenced to a year in prison for defamation

Journalist Dima Sadek sentenced to a year in prison A Lebanese court sentenced prominent Lebanese journalist Dima Sadek to one year in prison following a lawsuit by the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement party (FPM) Gebran Bassil, Lebanese newspaper L’Orient Today reported on Tuesday. In the lawsuit filed in 2020, the former foreign minister accused the[…]

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Hajj pilgrims take off from Yemen to Saudi Arabia in first direct flight since 2016

The first commercial flight from Yemen‘s rebel-held capital to Saudi Arabia since 2016 took off carrying Hajj pilgrims on Saturday, in the latest sign of easing tensions after years of war. A Yemenia Airways plane carrying 277 travellers departed at around 8 pm (1700 GMT), an official told AFP, seven years since Sanaa’s international airport was blockaded[…]

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Measles spreads among children in Yemen

The deadly measles disease has spread among children in Hajjah province in north-western Yemen, medical aid group, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), warned on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. “So many children are presenting with measles at Abs hospital” in Hajjah province, MSF Director, Christos Christou, said on Twitter. “There is a gap[…]

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