UAE: Dozen wounded in Sharjah residential tower fire

Authorities gave no cause for the blaze, which smouldered into early Wednesday morning. At least 12 people were wounded after a fire broke out in a residential tower in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday night, the UAE’s Interior Ministry has said. Firefighters brought the fire under control

PA easing coronavirus restrictions in occupied West Bank

Palestinian Authority says time for ‘gradual return to normal’ as it announces reopening of shops and places of worship. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced an easing of coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West Bank following a steady drop in the number of new infections. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said

Yemeni army says Houthis killed in al-Badya clashes

Clashes reported after UN Yemen envoy told UNSC warring parties made ‘significant progress’ towards ceasefire agreement. The Yemeni army has announced that several Houthi fighters have been killed and wounded in clashes in the al-Bayda governorate. The clashes were reported after United Nations Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths told the UN

Saudi-led coalition extends unilateral Yemen ceasefire by a month

Extension comes after expiry of two-week ceasefire rejected by Houthi rebels, raising fears war will grind on. The Saudi-led coalition has extended a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen by one month to support efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even as fighting persists in the war-torn country. The move came on

Saudi Arabia says Ramadan starts on Friday

Saudi King Salman says he is saddened that Muslims cannot pray at mosques because of coronavirus restrictions. Saudi Arabia has announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start on Friday, as Muslims around the world face unprecedented restrictions and tight lockdowns to counter coronavirus. “Based on the sighting of

UN, EU warn Israel against West Bank annexation

UN’s Middle East envoy says move would be ‘devastating’ to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United Nations and the European Union have warned Israel not to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. The UN’s special Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov on Thursday said such a move

Tunisia extends lockdown by two weeks, releases prisoners

The lockdown extension came hours after a protest by several hundred Tunisians who demanded government support. Tunisia will extend a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus by two weeks to April 19, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. Tunisia has confirmed 362 cases of the coronavirus

Dubai Expo 2020 recommends postponing for a year amid virus

Director general for Dubai Expo 2020 supports proposal to explore a one-year postponement for six-month-long event. Organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai have backed a proposal to postpone the event for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came on Monday after a meeting between officials from the United Arab

In shock move, Benny Gantz elected speaker of Israel's parliament

The head of Israel’s opposition Blue and White party chosen in move that could signal a deal with Benjamin Netanyahu. Opposition leader Benny Gantz has been elected as speaker of the Israeli parliament in a surprise move that suggested a political partnership that could keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power.

Riots rock overcrowded Lebanon prisons over coronavirus fears

Inmates in Lebanon’s cramped prison facilities demand temporary release for fear of COVID-19 spreading among them. Beirut, Lebanon – Riots erupted in at least two overcrowded Lebanese prisons as inmates demanded to be released over fears the country’s growing coronavirus outbreak will spread rapidly among them.   Lebanon has so