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UNSC approves new Libya mediator

UNSC approves new Libya mediator

The United Nations Security Council approved on Friday the appointment of veteran diplomat Jan Kubis (pictured) as the UN Libya envoy, diplomats said, nearly a year after the last mediator stepped down.

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on targets at sea

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on targets at sea

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards test-fired ballistic missiles against targets in the Indian Ocean as they wrapped up a two-day exercise, their official website reported yesterday.

Lebanon passes law for securing vaccines

Lebanon passes law for securing vaccines

Lebanon’s parliament yesterday approved a law that paves the way for the government to sign deals for coronavirus vaccinations as it battles a steep increase in infections.

Sign up for shots, Jordan urges citizens as vaccination drive starts

Sign up for shots, Jordan urges citizens as vaccination drive starts

Jordan began yesterday a coronavirus vaccination programme intended to inoculate one in four of its 10mn population, with one official urging more people to register after a low initial take-up for the free shots.

FM rejects US claims that Iran is the ‘new Qaeda home base’

FM rejects US claims that Iran is the ‘new Qaeda home base’

Iran’s Foreign Minister yesterday dismissed allegations by his US counterpart that the Islamic republic had become the new “home base” for Al Qaeda.

Oman's Sultan Haitham designates eldest son as crown prince

Oman's Sultan Haitham designates eldest son as crown prince

Oman's Sultan Haitham will be succeeded by his eldest son Dhi Yazan, according to a new basic law published on Tuesday that creates a new position of crown prince and establishes succession from ruler to the eldest son.

Kuwait Prime Minister receives resignation of Cabinet members

Kuwait Prime Minister receives resignation of Cabinet members

The Kuwaiti government ministers submitted their resignations on Tuesday to Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Oman issues a new law on appointing a crown prince

Oman issues a new law on appointing a crown prince

Oman's sultan announced Monday a constitutional shakeup that includes the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how parliament will work, state media said.

Iran will expel UN nuclear inspectors unless sanctions are lifted: lawmaker

Iran will expel UN nuclear inspectors unless sanctions are lifted: lawmaker

Iran will expel United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors unless U.S. sanctions are lifted by a Feb. 21 deadline set by the hardline-dominated parliament, a lawmaker said on Saturday.

Iran leader bans import of US, UK Covid-19 vaccines, demands sanctions end

Iran leader bans import of US, UK Covid-19 vaccines, demands sanctions end

Iran's Supreme Leader on Friday banned the government from importing Covid-19 vaccines from the United States and Britain, labelling the Western powers "untrustworthy", as the infection spreads in the Middle East’s hardest-hit country.

Trade, transport could resume with Qatar within a week: UAE

Trade, transport could resume with Qatar within a week: UAE

Trade and transportation could resume between Qatar and boycotting countries within a week, the United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday.

Covid-19 hit Lebanese in dire need of hospital beds

Covid-19 hit Lebanese in dire need of hospital beds

When Rachelle Halabi rushed her 85-year-old father to a Beirut hospital a few days ago with Covid-19, the doctor sent them home as intensive care was full.

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