Syria’s COP28 Delegation to Be Led by PM, Not Assad, Member Says

[ad_1] DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syria’s delegation to the United Nations climate summit in Dubai will be headed by its prime minister, a delegate said, without specifying whether President Bashar al-Assad would eventually pay a visit to the COP28 gathering. Assad was invited by the United Arab Emirates in May, as Arab states warmed up to … Read more

Clashes on Border With Israel Uproot Thousands in Lebanon

[ad_1] BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rose Rostom, Nahida Mashouz and Ammar Hajeh have had their lives uprooted many times – by Palestinian militants, Syrian warplanes, Islamic State, Western-backed forces or the Israeli army. Between them, they have fled their homes 20 times, most recently following border clashes between Israeli forces and the Iran-backed Hezbollah group sparked … Read more

Iran Denies Involvement in Red Sea Ship Seizure by Yemen’s Houthis

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran denied Israeli claims that it was involved in the seizure of a British-owned and Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthis, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said on Monday at a press conference. “We have said multiple times that resistance groups in the region act independently … Read more

Analysis-Russia’s Putin Sees Political, Economic Upside to Israel’s War With Hamas

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin waited three days before commenting on Hamas’ massacre of Israelis, which happened to take place on his 71st birthday. When he did, he blamed the United States, not Hamas. “I think that many will agree with me that this is a clear example of the failed policy … Read more

Assad Issues Conditional Amnesty for Condemned Syrians

[ad_1] BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty on Thursday for Syrians convicted of crimes committed before Nov. 16, but listed a number of exclusions including for offenders who had caused deaths or been involved in weapons smuggling. The decree, published by state news agency SANA, said that sentences would be lifted in … Read more