Turkey, US agree plans to remove YPG from Syria's Manbij

Turkey, US agree plans to remove YPG from Syria's Manbij

Turkey and the US have agreed on a plan to remove Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the northern Syrian city of Manbij. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington yesterday. This deal comes as a relief to both countries […]

This Beirut Hackerspace Brings Tech Startup Spirit To The Middle East

This Beirut Hackerspace Brings Tech Startup Spirit To The Middle East

A build night at Lamba Labs. All photos courtesy of Lamba Labs. Beirut’s tech scene has surged over the past decade, with the development of a glitzy digital district in the city’s downtown and a burgeoning number of startups and coworking spaces. The blossoming of tech entrepreneurship in the small Middle Eastern country has been […]

UK's Prince William will visit Jerusalem, Ramallah in June

UK's Prince William will visit Jerusalem, Ramallah in June

Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah when he becomes the first senior member of Britain’s royal family to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next month, Reuters reports. William, second-in-line to the British throne, will begin his trip to the Middle East in Jordan on June 24 before travelling to Tel […]

Hamas: Israel's gift to US Ambassador is incitement

Hamas: Israel's gift to US Ambassador is incitement

The Hamas movement has criticised the reaction of the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, when he received a picture of the city of Jerusalem. The picture depicts a temp on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hamas called the gift a blatant incitement to demolish the mosque. Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the movement, said in […]

The Right Mix: How Yogesh Mehta Built Petrochem Middle East Into An Industry Leader

The Right Mix: How Yogesh Mehta Built Petrochem Middle East Into An Industry Leader

In 1990, Yogesh Mehta was a failed entrepreneur living in Dubai, looking after his one-year-old son while his wife supported the family as a teacher. Mehta’s chemical distribution business had gone bankrupt back in his native India—leaving him desperate for a new start. He found one in Dubai. Today, Mehta leads Petrochem, a billion-dollar firm ranked […]

'Stateless' Palestinians living in limbo in Canada

'Stateless' Palestinians living in limbo in Canada

Hisham Shaban has crossed thousands of kilometres in search of asylum (MEE/Jillian D’Amours) MONTREAL, Canada – Hisham Shaban has come a long way. In 2010, he left his home, parents and five siblings in Jabalia, a city in the northern Gaza Strip after surviving a deadly, 22-day Israeli military onslaught on the coastal Palestinian enclave. “There was […]

Yemen war: Five people killed by Houthi missile in Marib

Yemen war: Five people killed by Houthi missile in Marib

Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, control Sanaa and vast areas of the north and west (AFP) Five people, including children, were killed, and 18 injured by a Houthi missile fired on Marib city in central Yemen, according to medical sources.  The attack took place at dawn after Houthi forces fired a Katyusha rocket on residential […]

Paraguay: Is Israel's latest 'best friend' also a Hezbollah haven?

Paraguay: Is Israel's latest 'best friend' also a Hezbollah haven?

Assad Barakat, pictured on his way to court in Asuncion in 2003, was identified by the US as Hassan Nasrallah’s “primary liaison in South America” (AFP) CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay – The traffic jam started way before the Friendship Bridge linking the cities of Foz do Iguacu and Ciudad del Este, as a queue of cars, […]

Yemen's Interior Minister: Our country is occupied by UAE

Yemen's Interior Minister: Our country is occupied by UAE

Yemen’s Interior Minister, Ahmed Al-Misri, said that members of the government cannot enter or leave Aden without permission from the United Arab Emirates. “Emiratis have helped us, but now you cannot go to the port without the UAE permission. You cannot go to the airport without the UAE permission. You cannot even enter or leave […]