Sunday, 11 Apr 2021

Middle East

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Austin makes first Israel visit by Biden official, Iran on the agenda

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) – US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin arrived in Israel on Sunday (April 11) on the first visit by a senior representative of the Biden administration, whose stance on Iran has worried Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Mr Austin was due to meet Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz during the two-day […]

Austin makes first Israel visit by Biden official, Iran on the agenda

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) – US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin arrived in Israel on Sunday (April 11) on the first visit by a senior representative of the Biden administration, whose stance on Iran has worried Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Mr Austin was due to meet Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz during the two-day […]

Israel comes to standstill to honour Holocaust victims

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel briefly came to a standstill on Thursday (April 8) with the morning bustle halted for two minutes at 10am (3pm Singapore time) as sirens blared to honour the victims of the Holocaust. In an annual ritual, pedestrians froze in place and drivers stopped and stood in silence beside their vehicles, honouring […]

French ISIS widow in Syria camp, veil-free, wants to 'go home'

ROJ, SYRIA (AFP) – In a Syrian detention camp for people linked to the Islamic State group, French mother-of-five Emilie Konig has swapped her all-engulfing black robe for a sweatshirt and baseball cap. The 36-year-old widow – who is on UN and US blacklists of dangerous militants, accused of recruiting ISIS fighters and inciting attacks […]

Israel-Iran Sea Skirmishes Escalate as Mine Damages Iranian Military Ship

An Iranian military vessel stationed in the Red Sea was damaged by an apparent Israeli mine attack on Tuesday in an escalation of the shadowy naval skirmishing that has characterized the two adversaries’ exchanges in recent years. The damage to the vessel, which Iranian media identified as the Saviz, came as progress was reported on […]

22 Mummies Are Moved in a Glittering Display in Cairo

CAIRO — Downtown Cairo came to a near standstill Saturday night as 22 mummies were moved from a museum where they had resided for more than a century to a new home, transported atop custom-made vehicles in a glittering, meticulously planned procession. The fanfare — broadcast live on state television and complete with a military […]

Covid-19 overwhelms ICUs in Syria's Damascus

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Inside the emergency room of a hospital of the Syrian capital, an elderly woman with Covid-19 waited for a bed at an intensive care unit packed with coronavirus patients. Sitting on a wheelchair barely an arms-length from another patient, the woman in her seventies tilted her head back as a doctor wedged […]

Famine Stalks Yemen, as War Drags On and Foreign Aid Wanes

For the second time in three years, the threat of widespread famine hangs over the war-torn country, where millions are displaced and struggle daily to find food. By Shuaib Almosawa and Ben Hubbard AL HARF, Yemen — The mother’s first challenge when her spindly 8-month-old son came down with a fever, diarrhea and vomiting was […]

Secretive China-Iran deal likely to fuel further suspicions

LONDON – Iranian government officials are struggling to deflect accusations that their recent conclusion of a landmark “25-Year Strategic Roadmap” agreement with China boosting trade, investment and military relations contains secret clauses which violate Iran’s national sovereignty. Since the agreement was signed on Saturday (March 27), sporadic protests have erupted in some Iranian cities, with […]

China picks UAE as regional production hub for Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

DUBAI (BLOOMBERG) – The United Arab Emirates will start producing China’s Sinopharm vaccine next month in a deal that deepens Beijing’s influence in the Arab Gulf, long a bastion of United States power. Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries PSC said on Sunday (March 28) that it signed a contract to start manufacturing the vaccine from April. With […]