Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire amid pandemic

World Apr 9, 2020

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire amid pandemic

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen announced Wednesday that its forces would begin a cease-fire starting Thursday, a step that could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for ...

Kurdish forces end riots by Islamic State prisoners in Syria

World Mar 31, 2020

Kurdish forces end riots by Islamic State prisoners in Syria

Kurdish-led forces have successfully put down riots by Islamic State militants in a prison in northeast Syria with none of the prisoners escaping the facility, the top commander of the U.S.-backed forces said. Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted shortly before midnight on ...

U.S. extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

World / Politics Mar 31, 2020

U.S. extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

The Trump administration on Monday renewed several waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iran, allowing Russian, European and Chinese companies to continue to work on Iran's civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American penalties. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the waiver extensions but couched ...

U.S.-led forces pull out of third Iraqi base this month

World Mar 30, 2020

U.S.-led forces pull out of third Iraqi base this month

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew Sunday from a military base in the country’s north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran. The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month, in line with U.S. plans ...

World Mar 29, 2020

Mideast anti-virus measures spark worries of setback in liberties

Armored vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance — sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus have raised concerns in the Middle East over the erosion of already threatened human rights. As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 3 billion people are now ...

World Mar 29, 2020

Saudi Arabian forces destroy Houthi ballistic missile fired over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the capital around midnight, state media said early Sunday. Residents of Riyadh reported on social media hearing loud explosions in the middle of the night. Minutes later, state media carried a statement by ...