Special De-escalation eludes Lebanon as Israel and Hezbollah gird for all-out war

De-escalation eludes Lebanon as Israel and Hezbollah gird for all-out war

  • Cash-strapped country on brink of conflict as US-led diplomatic efforts to find a solution falter
  • Crisis compounds existing problem of internal turmoil, political discord and crumbling economy
By NAJIA HOUSSARI ·

Netanyahu will only agree to ‘partial’ ceasefire, but not end to Gaza war

Netanyahu will only agree to ‘partial’ ceasefire, but not end to Gaza war

  • Viability of US-backed peace proposal cast into doubt with Israeli leader’s comments
  • Netanyahu’s remarks could further strain Israel’s ties to the US, its top ally
By AP ·

Special Houthi attack targets another ship off Yemen’s remote Socotra island

Houthi attack targets another ship off Yemen’s remote Socotra island

  • Campaigners urge UN and international community to do more to help free detained Yemeni civilians and halt militia’s campaign of torture and terror
  • Houthi abuses will continue unless punished, says rights activist as he calls on UN and donors to ‘face this escalation with strength’ and ‘take a stand’
By Saeed Al-Batati ·

1,301 people died during Hajj including 1,079 pilgrims who did not have Hajj permits. (@SaudiMOH)

Interior ministry official: tourism companies in some countries encouraged pilgrims to violate Hajj regulations

  • Official highlighted the media and awareness campaigns that warned against performing Hajj without permits and the strict penalties faced by violators
By Arab News ·

Update Blinken emphasized to Israel’s Gallant the need for post-war Gaza plan

Blinken emphasized to Israel’s Gallant the need for post-war Gaza plan

  • The Middle East remains on edge as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that a coming end to the intense phase of fighting in Gaza would allow Israel to deploy more forces along the northern border with Lebanon
  • Hamas came to power in Gaza in 2006 after Israeli soldiers and settlers withdrew in 2005, but the enclave is still deemed as Israeli-occupied territory by the United Nations
By Reuters ·

’Julian Assange is free’, has left Britain: WikiLeaks

’Julian Assange is free’, has left Britain: WikiLeaks

  • The plea agreement comes months after President Joe Biden said he was considering a request from Australia to drop the US push to prosecute Assange
By AFP ·

Israeli minister uses explicit language, vows annexation of West Bank

Israeli minister uses explicit language, vows annexation of West Bank

  • Bezalel Smotrich says government ‘will establish sovereignty first on the ground and then through legislation’
  • Rhetoric comes after reports of Israeli plans to pass ‘authority over the territory into hands of civilians’
By Arab News ·

Israeli minister uses explicit language, vows annexation of West Bank

Israeli minister uses explicit language, vows annexation of West Bank

  • Bezalel Smotrich says government ‘will establish sovereignty first on the ground and then through legislation’
  • Rhetoric comes after reports of Israeli plans to pass ‘authority over the territory into hands of civilians’
By Arab News ·

Saudi Arabia concludes participation in Beijing International Book Fair 2024

Saudi Arabia concludes participation in Beijing International Book Fair 2024

  • Kingdom participated at the Beijing International Book Fair as the guest of honor
  • Visitors were able to learn about Saudi culture, arts and heritage through an integrated cultural experience
By Arab News ·
Rodriguez steers Colombia past Paraguay at Copa America

Rodriguez steers Colombia past Paraguay at Copa America

  • Colombia play Costa Rica in their second group game of the tournament on Friday, before wrapping up their first round campaign against Brazil on July 2
By AFP ·