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Tunisia seeks to stem wave of night-time street riots

Tunisia seeks to stem wave of night-time street riots

Tunisia braced for further protests yesterday after hundreds were arrested in four nights of street clashes between riot police and disaffected youths in cities across the North African country.

Iran commandos start drills near mouth of Gulf

Iran commandos start drills near mouth of Gulf

Iranian army commandos and paratroopers started exercises near the mouth of the Gulf yesterday, the last full day of US President Donald Trump’s administration.

Tunisia arrests over 600, deploys troops after riots

Tunisia arrests over 600, deploys troops after riots

Tunisian authorities said yesterday they had arrested more than 600 people and deployed troops after a third consecutive night of riots, mostly by young people in working class districts of several cities.

Kuwait's Amir accepts resignation of cabinet

Kuwait's Amir accepts resignation of cabinet

Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has accepted the resignation of the cabinet, state news agency KUNA said on Monday.

Egypt unveils treasures found at ancient site

Egypt unveils treasures found at ancient site

Egypt unveiled yesterday ancient treasures found at the Saqqara archaeological site south of Cairo, including sarcophagi over 3,000 years old, a discovery that “rewrites history”, according to famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.

UN welcomes decision to hold Palestinian elections

UN welcomes decision to hold Palestinian elections

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.

Tunisian PM appoints ministers in sweeping cabinet reshuffle

Tunisian PM appoints ministers in sweeping cabinet reshuffle

Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi named 12 new ministers yesterday in a cabinet reshuffle he hopes will inject new blood into his government amid rising political tensions and an unprecedented economic crisis.

UNSC approves new Libya mediator

UNSC approves new Libya mediator

The United Nations Security Council approved on Friday the appointment of veteran diplomat Jan Kubis (pictured) as the UN Libya envoy, diplomats said, nearly a year after the last mediator stepped down.

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on targets at sea

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on targets at sea

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards test-fired ballistic missiles against targets in the Indian Ocean as they wrapped up a two-day exercise, their official website reported yesterday.

Lebanon passes law for securing vaccines

Lebanon passes law for securing vaccines

Lebanon’s parliament yesterday approved a law that paves the way for the government to sign deals for coronavirus vaccinations as it battles a steep increase in infections.

Sign up for shots, Jordan urges citizens as vaccination drive starts

Sign up for shots, Jordan urges citizens as vaccination drive starts

Jordan began yesterday a coronavirus vaccination programme intended to inoculate one in four of its 10mn population, with one official urging more people to register after a low initial take-up for the free shots.

FM rejects US claims that Iran is the ‘new Qaeda home base’

FM rejects US claims that Iran is the ‘new Qaeda home base’

Iran’s Foreign Minister yesterday dismissed allegations by his US counterpart that the Islamic republic had become the new “home base” for Al Qaeda.

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