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Rounds of condemnation for Houthi hijacking of UAE ship

The hijacking of a UAE-flagged cargo ship off the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah is a “flagrant violation” of the principles of international law, the Arab coalition said on Tuesday. The Rawabi had been transporting medical equipment from the remote Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea to the …

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BREAKING NEWS – Hezbollah commander killed in Yemen, country demands answers from Lebanon

Hizbullah military commander and expert Akram al-Sayyed has died in artillery shelling in Yemen’s Marib governorate, Yemeni Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Moammar al-Aryani has said, describing the development as “a painful blow to Tehran’s regime and its sectarian militias.” “Al-Sayyed, 35, had entered Yemen in August 2017 among a …

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Saudi still not ready to normalize with Lebanon

All steps made to restore ties between Lebanon and KSA “won’t be implemented in practice before the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit,” al-Joumhouria newspaper said Wednesday. The newspaper learned that the arrangements to normalize the relations between the two countries, based on French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Riyadh, won’t be …

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Iran weapons meant for Houthis interdicted by US

The US seized two large caches of Iranian arms, including 171 surface-to-air missiles and eight anti-tank missiles, intended for the Houthi militia in Yemen.  The US justice department on Tuesday said navy troops seized the weapons from two vessels in the Arabian Sea while conducting routine maritime security operations.  “Iran’s …

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Mikati recieves phone call from Macron, MBS

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Saturday that there will be a French-Saudi initiative to resolve the diplomatic crisis between Riyadh and Beirut, following talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah. Macron revealed that the prince and him held a joint phone call with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib …

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Kordahi agrees to vacate post

Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi confirmed to Lebanon’s MTV on Friday that he will announce his resignation today at 1 p.m. local time (1100 GMT). He also said to the local television that his resignation may ease the crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. He said “since the first day …

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Macron, heading to Riyadh, wants Mikati to fire Kordahi

Prime Minister Najib Miqati affirmed that France has informed him that Information Minister George Kordahi must resign before French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Riyadh, al-Akhbar newspaper said. “If Information Minister George Kordahi doesn’t resign before December 4, Lebanon will not be on the agenda of French President Emmanuel Macron’s …

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Hezbollah insists its helping resolve political paralysis

Hizbullah central council member Sheikh Nabil Qaouq on Sunday stressed that his party is supporting efforts aimed at resolving the governmental crisis and resuming Cabinet sessions. “Addressing the governmental crisis represents a necessary gateway for alleviating the suffering of the Lebanese and curbing collapse in the various fields,” Qaouq said. …

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Mikati denies cabinet reshuffle reports

Prime Minister Najib Miqati has dismissed the reports about a possible Cabinet reshuffle that would involve the replacement of the Justice Minister as “incorrect and baseless.” He added, in remarks to al-Joumhouria newspaper published Friday, that he is satisfied with the outcome of his Thursday talks with Pope Francis. The …

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Aoun, Berri and Miqati in serious talks on Lebanon crisis

President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati held a meeting Monday at the Baabda Palace after overseeing a military parade marking Lebanon’s Independence Day. “Independence would not have been achieved had the Lebanese not gathered shoulder to shoulder in Rashaya,” Miqati said after the talks. …

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Lebanese PM insist Kordahi must go and soon

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced on Friday that he will soon call a cabinet session, saying that the situation in the country is “very difficult and the people should not have to deal with more crises.” His remarks came after protesters stormed the Ministry of Health building in Beirut …

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Turkey to mediate between Lebanon and Gulf

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Tuesday urged all parties to overcome the problems in Lebanon so that the Lebanese people do not have to “pay the price of regional bargains.” Çavuşoğlu stated in a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib that “we feel sad over …

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Outrage as Houthis attack US embassy

Leaders of both the US Senate and House Foreign Relations committees on Friday condemned the Iranian-backed Houthis who recently breached the US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, and are holding staff hostage. Washington closed the embassy in 2015 amid escalating violence in the country and American diplomats left the country. However …

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Oil-rich Marib attacked by Houthi hordes

Expecting a possible siege, pro-government forces in central Yemen are preparing to defend Marib city, their last northern stronghold, against advancing Houthi fighters bent on taking full control of one of Yemen’s key energy-producing regions. Should Marib governorate fall to the Houthis it would deal a blow to the military …

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Houthis back Kordahi in face of Saudi

Yemen’s Houthis on Sunday put up posters in support of a Lebanese minister whose criticism of the Saudi-led war in Yemen sparked a diplomatic row between Lebanon and Gulf states. Saudi Arabia has expelled Lebanon’s envoy and recalled its ambassador from Beirut, with Bahrain and Kuwait following suit. The UAE …

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Saudi gives Lebanon ultimatum to fire Kordahi

Riyadh has given Lebanon a two-day ultimatum to address the diplomatic crisis or else it will sever ties with Lebanon, media reports said on Monday. “It has been understood that the sacking or resignation of Information Minister George Kordahi would return the relation to the phase that preceded his remarks, …

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Kordahi says he won’t back down and resign

Information Minister George Kordahi on Sunday stressed that he will not resign despite the growing diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. In remarks to al-Jadeed television, Kordahi emphasized that such a move is “out of the question.” The crisis erupted Friday when Saudi Arabia gave Lebanon’s ambassador …

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Maronite patriarch reportedly tells Kordahi to quit

Embattled Information Minister George Kordahi on Saturday visited Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkirki and left without making a statement, amid a diplomatic storm sparked by his remarks on Yemen’s war. Asked upon his arrival whether he intends to resign, Kordahi told reporters that he would wait to “see what …

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BREAKING NEWS – Mikati in alleged connection to Houthis

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Wednesday distanced himself from comments made by the country’s Information Minister George Kordahi suggesting that the Iran-backed Houthis were “defending themselves” in Yemen. Kordahi had been responding to a question from the host of “Barlamanasha3b,” an Al Jazeera-affiliated youth TV show, asking about his …

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Houthis signaled out as threat to world maritime trade

The Houthi militia’s planned attacks using explosive-rigged boats in the Red Sea pose a threat to global maritime trade lines in the area, Yemen’s information, culture and tourism minister Moammar Al-Eryani warned. The Arab coalition earlier said it destroyed four Houthi boats loaded with explosives during an airstrike in Yemen’s …

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Iran navy interdicts pirates off coast of Aden

An Iranian warship on Saturday prevented an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that it was escorting in the Gulf of Aden, the country’s naval chief said. “Navy commandos were successful in repulsing this morning the attack by pirates against an Iranian commercial convoy in the Gulf of Aden,” …

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US wants Houthis to break siege of Abedia

The US on Wednesday demanded an end to the Houthi siege of Abedia to allow beleaguered civilians access to humanitarian aid. The Iran-backed militia has surrounded the district in the battleground Yemeni province of Marib for more than three weeks, denying 35,000 people access to food, drinking water, medicines and …

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