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 ·

1 in 5 in Gaza go days without eating, UN report says

1 in 5 in Gaza go days without eating, UN report says

  • More than 495,000 people in region facing catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity
By Arab News ·

Jordan bans 10 people from traveling, charges 28 others with human trafficking and fraud in pilgrims case

Jordan bans 10 people from traveling, charges 28 others with human trafficking and fraud in pilgrims case

  • Defendants are involved in sending Jordanians to perform Hajj pilgrimage outside of country's official quota
By Arab News ·

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

Tourism companies encouraged pilgrims to violate Hajj regulations says Saudi Interior Ministry official

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

Iran’s presidential election dominated by Khamenei loyalists

Iran’s presidential election dominated by Khamenei loyalists

  • Iranians will select successor to Ebrahim Raisi on Friday
  • Outcome likely to influence succession to Supreme Leader, 85
By Reuters ·

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 ·