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Macron thanks Qatar for Afghan evacuations

French President Emmanuel Macron, on a visit to the Gulf, expressed appreciation to Qatar on Saturday for helping to organise the latest evacuation to France of more than 250 threatened Afghans.

UN chief urges Sudan to respect freedom of the press

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres urged authorities in Sudan to respect freedom of expression and the press, calling the country hostile to journalists in a report submitted Friday to the Security Council.

Pope Francis condemns 'prejudice' in migrant mass in Cyprus

Pope Francis held an ecumenical prayer service for migrants and refugees in a church on the divided island of Cyprus on Friday, in which he spoke out against "closed-mindedness and prejudice".

France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

France announced the signing Friday of a 16 billion-euro ($18 billion) armaments mega-contract for the sale of 80 of its upgraded Rafale warplanes to the United Arab Emirates.

Lebanese minister resigns in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

Lebanon's information minister resigned Friday, saying he hoped the much anticipated move will open the way for easing an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries. That crisis has added to immense economic troubles facing Lebanon, already mired in a financial meltdown.

Iran nuclear talks set for pause: State media

Negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal are set to be suspended Friday so that European diplomats can review proposals by the Islamic republic, state media said.

Lebanon minister to resign in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

Lebanon's information minister is expected to announce his resignation Friday, in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

US, Arab League and several countries renew support for Syria's unity, territorial integrity

The United States along with representatives of the Arab League, the European Union, and 10 other countries on Thursday renewed their support for the unity and territorial integrity of Syria at an envoys-level meeting in Brussels to discuss the Syria crisis.

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are ‘progressively getting worse’, with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a senior international aid official said Thursday.

Ankara urges Europe rights body to avoid any decision against Turkey

Turkey on Thursday called on the Council of Europe to avoid punishing Turkey ahead of a decision this week on whether Ankara could face rare disciplinary proceedings over the case of a jailed activist.

Libya court reinstates Gaddafi's son as presidential candidate: Media

A court in southern Libya on Thursday reinstated Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of slain dictator Moamer Gaddafi, as a candidate in next month's presidential election, Libyan media reported.

Pope Francis arrives in Cyprus for landmark trip

Pope Francis arrived on the divided island of Cyprus on Thursday as part of a landmark trip to push two of his priorities: the plight of migrants and inter-confessional dialogue.

Morocco border closure spells doom for tourism sector

Moroccan tourism operators are facing potential ruin after the country abruptly shut its borders over the Omicron variant of Covid, the latest blow to an industry battered by the nearly two-year pandemic.

Saudis, UAE detect first cases of new coronavirus variant

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said Wednesday they detected their first cases of the new coronavirus variant, recording the first known instances of omicron infections in the Persian Gulf region.

UN envoy warns of risk of new Israel-Palestinian violence

The UN Mideast envoy warned Tuesday that without quick and decisive action to address the key drivers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the region risks plunging into ‘another deadly escalation of violence'.

Libya court upholds presidential bid of PM Dbeibah

A Libyan appeals court on Wednesday rejected two petitions against interim prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah's candidacy in this month's presidential election, Libyan media reported.

Iran's plans budget with sanctions still in place

Iran has proposed a draft budget for its next fiscal year with the assumption that sanctions imposed in 2018 will still be in place, its planning and budget organisation has said.

EU urges joint fight with Arab states against migrant traffickers

The EU appealed to Arab states Wednesday for closer cooperation against traffickers exploiting migrants trying to reach its shores, warning that the same networks were peddling arms and narcotics.

Algeria’s top parties keep power in local elections

The parties behind the Algerian president’s governing majority dominated local and regional elections, while Islamist parties saw their support diminish, according to official results.

Fewer Libya arms embargo breaches but foreign fighters remain: UN cofidential report

Fewer violations of the arms embargo on Libya have occurred this year as compared with 2020, but the "continuing presence" of foreign fighters is "still a serious threat," UN experts said in a confidential report.

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