Saudi-led coalition forms a committee with UAE to stabilize Yemen ceasefire

The Saudi-led coalition said a joint committee was formed between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to stabilize a ceasefire in the Yemeni provinces of Shabwah and Abyan, state TV and state news agency said on Monday. They quoted coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki as saying early on Monday that the committee would start working …

Hong Kong police arrest 36, youngest aged 12, after running battles with protesters

Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas. An anti-extradition bill protester carries a barricade for blocking the road during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August …

Air strikes Israeli hit Lebanon-Syria border area: Lebanon’s An-Nahar news

Israeli air strikes hit Lebanon’s border area with Syria early on Sunday, Lebanon’s An-Nahar news said. “Three Israeli air strikes target the Lebanese-Syria border east of Zahle … explosions were heard in several parts of the Bekaa valley,” An-Nahar said. Reporting by Alaa Swilam in Cairo; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Sandra Maler

Saudi-Led coalition downs two Houthi drones: statement

Saudi-led coalition forces intercepted and downed two Houthi drones launched toward the kingdom from Yemen, state TV and state news agency quoted coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki as saying early on Monday. There were no immediate details about any casualties or damage. Reporting by Alaa Swilam; Editing by Sandra Maler

Iran’s Quds force chief Soleimani says ‘insane operations’ are Israel’s last struggles: tweet

The chief of Iran’s Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, reacting to an Israeli air strike in Syria and the crash of two Israeli drones in a Beirut suburb, tweeted on Sunday that “these were the last struggles” of Israel. Soleimani posted pictures of himself on Twitter with the caption: “These insane operations are absolutely last struggles …

Five Turkish generals handed in resignations: Cumhuriyet paper

Five generals from the Turkish army have handed in resignations in the wake of a military council meeting earlier this month, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Sunday. The Supreme Military Council (YAS), chaired by President Tayyip Erdogan, convened to discuss promotions, dismissals and placements of the high-ranking military personnel on Aug 1. The resignations by …

Belgian festival draws criticism over blackface ‘Savage’ character

Hundreds of spectators cheered and applauded as the chief protagonist of a Belgian parade – “the Savage” – appeared in the town of Ath on Sunday, but anti-racism groups strongly criticized the character and his blackface disguise. “The Savage”, a white performer in a blackface disguise, takes part in the festival Ducasse d’Ath, in the …

Trump caught off guard as Iran’s Zarif visits G7 summit town

Iran’s foreign minister paid a visit to a G7 summit in France on Sunday, an unexpected twist to a meeting already troubled by differences between U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues, including Iran. A White House official said France’s invitation to Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on the sidelines …

Iraq Shi’ite militia blame Israel for deadly air raid near Syria border

Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary groups blamed Israel on Sunday for raids by unmanned aircraft which they said killed at least one of their fighters near to the Syrian border. The strikes took place 15 km (9 miles) away from the border, said a statement from the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a state umbrella grouping of mostly …