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  • Yemen risks becoming the poorest country: UN

    War-ravaged Yemen is on course to become the world’s poorest country if the conflict persists, the United Nations said in a report. “If fighting continues through 2022

  • After decades, Iran women to attend football match freely

    Thousands of Iranian women fans are to attend a football match freely today for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy.

  • Excessive force used in protests: Iraq’s military

    Iraq’s military yesterday admitted for the first time it had used “excessive force” in nearly a week of deadly protests, as paramilitary units said they were ready to back the government.

  • Taliban release three Indian engineers: report

    The Afghan Taliban said it has freed three Indian engineers held hostage for over a year in an exchange for securing the release of 11 of its members, including some high-ranking officials of the militant group, according to a media report yesterday. The prisoner swap

  • Iraq PM pledges reforms to calm angry protests

    The Iraqi government announced a series of reforms early yesterday after an “extraordinary” session overnight in response to sweeping anti-government rallies that have left nearly 100 dead in less than a week.

  • Saudi hotels now open to unmarried foreign couples

    Saudi Arabia yesterday announced it would allow unmarried foreign couples to rent hotel rooms together as the ultraconservative kingdom begins offering up tourist visas for the first time.

  • At least 97 killed; 4000 wounded

    A curfew was lifted in Baghdad yesterday following days of protests which have left nearly 100 dead, but tensions remained after firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr demanded the government quit.

  • First Arab on ISS returns to Earth

    A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station returned to Earth safely yesterday and were in good shape, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched

  • Resume peace talks

    Peace talks in Afghanistan must resume as soon as possible, Pakistan and the Taliban militant group urged yesterday, after President Donald Trump broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States’ longest war.

  • Israel’s parliament sworn in without new govt

    Israel’s parliament was sworn yesterday without a new government formed as a deadlocked general election left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambling to find a path to extend his long tenure in power.