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Houthis say they attacked ARAMCO refinery in Riyadh

Houthis say they attacked ARAMCO refinery in Riyadh

The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it had attacked a Saudi Aramco refinery in Riyadh on Wednesday using a drone, as the oil company said it had contained a limited fire at the plant. “Our drone air forces have targeted the refinery of ARAMCO company in Riyadh,” read a tweet on the account of the […]

Let's keep alive hopes of a Middle East deal

Let's keep alive hopes of a Middle East deal

Let’s keep alive hopes of a Middle East deal  The Times Israel okays law limiting Palestinian access to courts  Middle East Monitor Full coverage Source link

EU voices concern over Israeli attacks in Gaza

EU voices concern over Israeli attacks in Gaza

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday voiced concerns over the heaviest rocket fire and Israeli attacks in the blockaded Gaza Strip since 2014, Anadolu reports. In a press conference following an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting, Mogherini said: “The situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip, which is not in our agenda, was discussed during the […]

A Middle East oasis of peace

A Middle East oasis of peace

The economy of peace in the Middle East is dwarfed by the economies of war. But at times like today, when the region is being suffocated once again by the overbearing weight of global power interests, even small stories that combine authentic experiences of real coexistence with critiques of its deficiencies can remind us of […]

Scores wounded as protesters clash with police across southern Iraq

Scores wounded as protesters clash with police across southern Iraq

Scores of demonstrators have been wounded in southern Iraq in clashes with police as protests over high unemployment, poor public services and corruption continued into a seventh day. In the city of Basra, demonstrators tried to storm the governor’s headquarters but were dispersed by police who fired tear gas at them, an AFP reporter said. […]

For China, the Belt and Road run through the Middle East

For China, the Belt and Road run through the Middle East

The eighth Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) was held last week, bringing the foreign ministers of the 22 Arab League member states together with their Chinese counterpart, State Councilor Wang Yi. Not surprisingly, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was a central focus of the meeting. The CASCF was begun in […]

US Episcopal Church adopts human rights resolutions for Palestine

US Episcopal Church adopts human rights resolutions for Palestine

US Episcopal Church is 10th denomination to adopt resolutions promoting rights of Palestinians (AFP) The Episcopal Church in the United States approved a resolution on Friday that will establish human rights screening of companies in Israel and Palestine. The resolution “is intended to set up a screen so that companies can be screened according to […]

Israel court defers Khan Al-Ahmar decision to mid-August

Israel court defers Khan Al-Ahmar decision to mid-August

Israel’s Supreme Court has postponed until mid-August the Israeli authorities’ planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Last week, the court issued an injunction against the demolition, after villagers said their efforts to secure retroactive building permits had been ignored by the Israeli authorities. Israel systematically denies such permits […]

Arabic press review: Israelis hold conference on Iran protests

Arabic press review: Israelis hold conference on Iran protests

Activists of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) opposition group protest in Belgium (AFP) Israeli conference to discuss Iran’s protests Israeli academics have organised a conference to discuss recent protests in Iran and whether they could lead to the fall of the Islamic Republic. The conference witnessed the participation of Israeli ministers and […]

Mortgage crisis forces Lebanon couples to postpone their weddings

Mortgage crisis forces Lebanon couples to postpone their weddings

As many as 30 per cent of Lebanese couples who planned to marry this summer have canceled their weddings following the central bank’s decision to stop housing loans. Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Waleed Moussa, as saying that “every threat to the real estate sector affects 70 professions […]