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One dead as Cyclone Mekunu hits southern Oman

One dead as Cyclone Mekunu hits southern Oman

Cyclone Mekunu on Friday lashed southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing at least one person and wounding three a day after wreaking havoc on the Yemeni island of Socotra. Oman’s directorate general of meteorology said the centre of the cyclone struck west of Salalah, the second largest city in the Gulf state, late […]

At least 7 killed by car bomb in Benghazi, Libya

At least 7 killed by car bomb in Benghazi, Libya

At least seven people were killed and ten wounded when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the centre of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi last night, a hospital medic said. The bomb exploded behind the Tibesti hotel, the city’s biggest, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, on a street where people were taking […]

Masdar Says It's Expanding Renewable Projects in Middle East, North Africa

Masdar Says It's Expanding Renewable Projects in Middle East, North Africa

17:00 Michael Tran RBC Capital Markets LLC, Commodities Strategist:Oil & Gas 17:00 Kate Richard Warwick Energy Group, Founder/CEO 17:10 Sterling Smith Bloomberg LP, Bloomberg Journalist 17:10 Danielle Bochove Bloomberg Editorial, Business Journalist 17:20 Roberto Velez Vallejo Natl Fed of Colomb Coff Growrs, Chief Executive Officer 17:20 Salim Morsy Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Analyst:Advanced Transport Source […]

France Worries New US Sanctions on Iran Could Hurt Middle East

France Worries New US Sanctions on Iran Could Hurt Middle East

The foreign minister of France has warned that the United States risks more problems in the Middle East if it places new restrictions on Iran. The statement comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new policy goals for U.S. dealings with Iran. On Monday, Pompeo described demands for any new nuclear deal with […]

Syria's largest Palestinian refugee camp 'lies today in ruins'

Syria's largest Palestinian refugee camp 'lies today in ruins'

The largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria has been destroyed and fled by its inhabitants due to fighting that has persisted more than a month, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Monday in a press briefing. “The Yarmouk camp in Damascus lies today in ruins, with hardly a single building that has not […]

Turkey may ban some Israel goods because of Gaza violence

Turkey may ban some Israel goods because of Gaza violence

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted that Turkey might consider imposing a ban on imports of some Israeli goods over the killing of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces on the Gaza border last week, media reported today. Erdogan, who is campaigning for re-election in June, last week hosted Muslim leaders who condemned the events in […]

Detained Saudi women's rights activists could face death penalty: Report

Detained Saudi women's rights activists could face death penalty: Report

An image circulated on social media with the word ‘traitor’ stamped on the faces of those detained (screengrab) Seven detained Saudi women’s rights activists, who campaigned for the ban on women driving to be lifted, may face the death penalty, newspaper Okaz reported on Sunday.  According to Saudi lawyers and judges, the prominent women’s rights […]

Palestinian Israelis protest in Haifa against Gaza killings

Palestinian Israelis protest in Haifa against Gaza killings

Palestinians carry man wounded by Israeli forces near border between Gaza and Israel last week (AFP) Hundreds of Palestinian Israelis demonstrated on Saturday evening in Haifa in solidarity with Gaza, where more than 60 Palestinians have died from Israeli fire in recent days, an AFP reporter said. Protesters shouted “down with the occupation, stop fascism” […]

Marine Battalion Commander Relieved During Middle East Deployment

Marine Battalion Commander Relieved During Middle East Deployment

The commander of a Marine Corps battalion currently deployed with a Marine expeditionary unit in the U.S. 5th Fleet was abruptly released from his duties due to “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to continue to lead the battalion,” Marine officials announced today. Lt. Col. Marcus Mainz, commander of battalion landing team 2nd […]

Beirut Pride's Hadi Damien Q&A: Lebanon's LGBT movement is 'growing'

Beirut Pride's Hadi Damien Q&A: Lebanon's LGBT movement is 'growing'

Beirut Pride’s events have been cancelled both years it has attempted to run (Facebook) Earlier this week, Beirut Pride’s second edition was in full swing, with events such as concerts, a workshop on health and HIV, and a conference on LGBT legal rights scheduled up until Sunday. The festival, which first ran last year and is […]

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