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France will back Lebanon, including an IMF plan - Le Maire

8:55pm GMT

ABU DHABI France is looking at options to help Lebanon recover from its financial crisis, including an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme if Beirut seeks one, a minister said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia says it intercepts Yemen missiles ahead of G20 meeting

21 Feb 2020

DUBAI Saudi Arabia said it had intercepted several ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni Houthi forces towards Saudi cities on Friday ahead of a gathering of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies in Riyadh.

Iraqi cleric Sadr tells followers to clear sit-ins after PM appointed

02 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD Populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged his followers on Sunday to help security forces clear roads blocked during months of sit-in protests, calling for a return to normal life after the designation of a new prime minister. | Video

New Iraq PM appeals to the masses but is rejected by protesters

01 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD New Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appealed to downtrodden Iraqis for their support on Saturday hours after his appointment by President Barham Salih, but protesters were already rejecting the head of government as a stooge of the political elite.

Violence escalates in Iraq as government pushes to end protests

27 Jan 2020

BAGHDAD Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iran-backed ruling elite. | Video

Iraqi security forces kill protester, rockets hit U.S. embassy

27 Jan 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces shot at anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least one person, and unidentified men set fire to sit-in tents in a southern Iraqi city, police and medics said, as months-long civil unrest escalated. | Video

'No, No America': Iraq protesters demand expulsion of U.S. troops

24 Jan 2020

BAGHDAD Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a cleric's call for a "million strong" turnout. | Video

Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest

23 Jan 2020

BAGHDAD Iranian-backed Shi'ite factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a "million-strong" march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States' struggle with Iran plays out on the streets of Baghdad.

Yemen's Houthis say they will release seized ships if Korean

19 Nov 2019

DUBAI/SEOUL Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Tuesday it would release vessels it had captured if they prove to be South Korean, after it seized a rig being towed by a Saudi tugboat in the southern Red Sea. | Video

UPDATE 4-Yemen's Houthis say they will release seized ships if Korean

19 Nov 2019

DUBAI/SEOUL, Nov 19 Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Tuesday it would release vessels it had captured if they prove to be South Korean, after it seized a rig being towed by a Saudi tugboat in the southern Red Sea.

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