On Tuesday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated that resolving the conflict in Yemen remains a top US foreign policy priority.
His comments came during a phone call with the newly-appointed UN envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg.
Blinken congratulated Grundberg, who was appointed in August to replace Martin Griffiths, on his new role, the State Department said in a statement.
Alexandria, on the Mediterranean coast, and Assiut, in Upper Egypt, were among cities where people said on social media they felt their houses and buildings shaking.
There were no immediate reports of casualties from the authorities.
The tremor, whose magnitude the US Geological Survey measured at 6.0 and depth at 37.8km (23.5 miles), was also felt on several other Greek islands including Crete and Santorini, state TV said,
The conflict between the Istanbul Front in Turkey led by Mahmoud Hussein, the former Secretary-General of the group, and the London Front led by Ibrahim Munir, the acting guide, and the latter’s intention to overthrow the Istanbul leaders,On Sunday Munir officially announced that the leaders of the Mahmoud Hussein Front…
The UN has called for a halt to fighting in a district of Yemen’s oil-rich Marib province that pits government forces supported by the Arab coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Marib, Shabwa and Al-Bayda provinces have all seen an escalation in fighting in recent weeks, resulting in “a devastating impact on civilians,” according to David Gressly, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.
The security situation has been particularly difficult in Marib’s Abedia district, where the UN says the movement of aid and some 35,000 people has been “extremely restricted,” including for 17,000 “extremely vulnerable” people who found refuge there from conflict in other areas of Yemen.
Turkish and Iraqi counterterrorism operations to eliminate Daesh from the region could be stepped up following parliamentary elections and the recent capture of one of the group’s senior leaders.
A recent joint intelligence operation between the two countries in northwestern Syria led to the apprehension by Iraqi security forces of Sami Jasim, deputy to the late former Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
An Iraqi national, Jasim was also known to be a close aide to the current leader of the terror group, Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Quraishi. Turkey’s influence in Syria’s northwest, where for years it has had troop observation points, and its close ties with rebels in the region helped in the success of the operation.
After two ruined seasons in a row, operators in Tunisia and Morocco are licking their wounds and hoping the lifting of travel restrictions will spell better days.
This year was better than the last, “which was really a terrible season. But (2021) was still only half as good as 2019,” said Haykel Akrout of the Bel Azur hotel.
The luxury facility, with swimming pools overlooking rows of deckchairs along the shore, had to halve its capacity of 1,000 beds in July as a spike in coronavirus cases battered Tunisia.
Royal Netherlands Football Association call to ban Qatar Worldcup
The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) expressed its opposition to Qatar holding the World Cup. KNVB says Conditions for migrant workers in the country are terrible, but a boycott is not the best response.
Human rights organizations emphasize that a boycott would mean that migrant workers would lose their wages and recent progress in Qatar would come to a halt. In their view, it is better at this stage to go to Qatar and use the World Cup to exert diplomatic pressure on the authorities to pursue reforms. The KNVB has been doing this for some time and continues to alert both the government in Qatar and FIFA to the problems.
An international consensus on the crisis in Yemen is the most effective way to help the people of the country, Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, said on Monday.
Speaking in the Swiss city during the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, he also…
On Monday Iraq has captured the alleged finance chief of the Daesh group, Sami Jasim Al-Jaburi, who was sought by the United States, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced
Jaburi, also the suspected former deputy to the late Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, was arrested by intelligence services “outside the borders” of Iraq, Kadhimi said on Twitter.
He did not specify the location but said Jaburi was captured in a “complex external operation.”
The US had offered a reward of up to $5 million for the capture of Jaburi.
Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before members of the US Senate, delivering a scathing overview of how the world’s largest social networking site prioritizes profits over public safety.
This is in spite of its own extensive internal research, leaked to US media, which demonstrates the harm that Facebook and its products are causing worldwide to communities, democratic institutions and to children with fragile body image.
Yet, precious little has been done in the Arab world, for instance, to hold Facebook and other social networking platforms to account for the extremist ideas, bigoted views and hate speech that continue to find their way to millions of users across the region despite their supposed policing of content.