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Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said yesterday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country.

Yemen port, airport to reopen to aid: Saudi-led coalition

Yemen port, airport to reopen to aid: Saudi-led coalition

The coalition said it would reopen Hodeida port to receive "urgent humanitarian and relief materials" and Sanaa airport to UN aircraft from midday on Thursday.

Three dead as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

Three dead as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

The WHO also confirmed diphtheria cases had appeared in Yemen, where war and a port and airport blockade has left hospitals struggling to secure basic medical supplies including vaccines.

Hariri suspends resignation as PM, easing crisis

Hariri suspends resignation as PM, easing crisis

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday suspended his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue, easing a major political crisis.

Kuwait's Emir in hospital for medical checks after cold

Kuwait's Emir in hospital for medical checks after cold

Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for medical checks after suffering from a cold, the state news agency KUNA reported.

Turkey says 'serious danger' in Syria's Afrin must be removed

Turkey says 'serious danger' in Syria's Afrin must be removed

There is a "serious danger" in the Syrian region of Afrin and this must be removed, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Wednesday.

Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

Saad al-Hariri attended independence day celebrations in Beirut on Wednesday after returning to Lebanon for the first time since resigning as prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

Hariri returns home for first time since quitting as PM

Hariri returns home for first time since quitting as PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri landed in Beirut yesterday, his media office said, returning home for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis.

Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal

Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for three hours of talks to lay the groundwork for a new push by Moscow to end Syria’s conflict now that Islamic State’s territorial caliphate is overrun.

Rouhani urges France to remain ‘realistic and impartial’ in Mideast

Rouhani urges France to remain ‘realistic and impartial’ in Mideast

France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a “realistic and impartial approach”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in a phone call yesterday, according to Iranian state media.

Lebanon army chief warns of Israel threat amid political crisis

Lebanon army chief warns of Israel threat amid political crisis

Lebanon’s army chief told his soldiers yesterday to be extra vigilant to prevent unrest during political turmoil after the prime minister quit, and accused Israel of “aggressive” intentions at the southern frontier.

Iraq govt to declare final victory over IS after desert campaign

Iraq govt to declare final victory over IS after desert campaign

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said yesterday Islamic State had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after IS militants were routed in the desert.

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