UN warns of severe aid cuts in Yemen without new funds soon

  • Donors have pledged $2.6 billion to meet the urgent needs of more than 20 million Yemenis
  • But UN humanitarian chief Lise Grande says less than half the amount has been received so far
By AP ·


Israel strikes Hamas base after new rocket attacks: army

  • Hamas launched two rockets at Israel late Wednesday
  • There have been a series of deadly incidents along the Gaza border since the start of the month
By AFP ·

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Rouhani says talks with US are useless, but Zarif says Iran won’t start war

  • The president attended the unveiling ceremony of the Bavar-373 system
  • Rouhani said called talks with the US as “useless”
By AP - AFP - Reuters ·


The Gulf’s war on smugglers

By Jennifer Bell ·


Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

  • The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Ground Mosque and its surrounding courtyards
  • The work is 85 percent complete
By Arab News ·


Macron backs month of Brexit talks as Johnson visits

  • Macron has rejected Johnson’s calls to scrap a key arrangement regarding Ireland
  • The EU argues the backstop is necessary to avoid the re-emergence of checkpoints in Ireland
By AFP ·


Report: 2 Iranian lawmakers arrested for ‘disrupting’ market

  • The report did not reveal if they have been charged with any financial crimes
  • Iran arrested several people since 2018 on corruption charges
By AP ·


What does Facebook’s plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?

  • Facebook’s journalists will be curating stories from news sites and won’t be editing headlines or writing content
  • Stories will appear in a section called the “news tab,” which will be separate from the traditional news feed that displays content from users
By Peter Hutchison | AFP ·