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Crisis-hit Lebanon unveils new government (22.01.2020)

More than a month after he was designated with backing from the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah and nearly three after his predecessor Saad Hariri resigned under pressure from the street, Prime Minister Hassan Diab's cabinet of 20 ministers was announced. … The new cabinet is made up of...

Isis founding member confirmed as group's new leader (20.01.2020)

The new leader of Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, according to officials from two intelligence services. He is one of the terror group’s founding members and has led the enslavement of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and has overseen operations around the...

More than 80 soldiers killed in Yemen missile, drone attack (19.01.2020)

More than 80 Yemeni soldiers have been killed and scores injured in a missile and drone attack blamed on Huthi rebels in central Yemen. … Saturday's strike follows months of relative calm in the war between the Iran-backed Huthis and Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Renewed violence hits Lebanon amid ongoing economic crisis (15.01.2020)

Protesters in Lebanon have again taken to the streets amid an economy in tatters and political disagreements over the creation of a new government.

German defense minister pushes to keep German troops in Iraq (15.01.2020)

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said German troops are ready to stay in Iraq — should the Iraqi government wish it. The German parliament has also signaled its support for troops to stay put.

Security Council renews UNMHA mandate (13.01.2020)

The UN Security Council unanimously extended for six months the political mission overseeing the peace agreement in Yemen between the government and Houthi militias, United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA).

Iraqi PM tells US to decide mechanism for troop withdrawal (10.01.2020)

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday.

UN investigators find Yemen's Houthis did not carry out Saudi oil attack (08.01.2020)

Yemen’s Houthi group did not launch an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in September, according to a confidential report by UN sanctions monitors seen by Reuters on Wednesday, bolstering a U.S. accusation that Iran was responsible.

Counter-ISIS Coalition countries temporarily withdrawing personnel from Iraq (07.01.2020)

Members of the U.S.-led Coalition against Islamic State are pulling troops from Iraq as training of both the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga are paused due to security concerns and uncertainty over the future of the multinational mission.

Yemen southern separatists quit agreement to secure pro-government alliance (02.01.2020)

A prominent Yemeni southern separatist group has declared its withdrawal from Saudi-brokered negotiations to shore up the military coalition against the country’s Houthi rebels.