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Qatar attendance at Saudi summit raises prospect of detente

May 29 2019
Iran
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Source: 
The Guardian
A possible US-backed thaw in Qatari-Saudi relations has been signalled by Qatari diplomats travelling to Saudi Arabia to lay the ground for their country’s attendance at a major summit in Mecca on alleged Iranian aggression in the region.
 
Qatar’s attendance will be seen as the biggest rapprochement between the two countries since the Saudis launched a sweeping economic and political blockade against the gas-rich country two years ago, accusing Doha of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia, fund terrorism and promote the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East.

Ending the Qatar Blockade Is Crucial to U.S. Interests

May 29 2019
Qatar
Source: 
Bloomberg Opinion
It’s now nearly two years since a coalition of Arab countries imposed a misguided economic blockade on Qatar. The group — Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — said it was punishing the gas-rich emirate for its ties with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, but the embargo is widely perceived as part of a larger competition for preeminence in Arab affairs.
 

Mauritanie: la Céni détaille l'avancement des préparatifs de la présidentielle

May 29 2019
Mauritania
Source: 
RFI AFRIQUE
En Mauritanie, à moins de 10 jours de l’ouverture de la campagne électorale en vue de la présidentielle du 22 juin, le président de la Céni  a tenu une conférence de presse mardi 28 mai au siège de l’institution. Le président de la Céni a annoncé que les préparatifs sont achevés et que les conditions sont réunies pour la tenue du scrutin le jour J.
 
Le président de la Commission électorale, Mohamed Vall ould Bellal, a mis l’accent sur la logistique, et la mise à jour du fichier électoral.
 

Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children

May 28 2019
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Source: 
DEMOCRACY NOW

The United Nations confirmed that a Saudi-led airstrike on Friday killed 12 civilians, including seven children, in the southern city of Taiz. The U.N. said that at least 27 children in Yemen have been killed or injured over a period of 10 days. Friday’s attack came as Trump announced he was declaring a national emergency to push through $7 billion worth of U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The declaration allows Trump to circumvent Congress, which has used the War Powers Resolution to oppose military support for the war in Yemen.

Turkey Says Nearly 330,000 Syrians Returned Home

May 28 2019
Syria
Turkey
Source: 
ASHARQ AL-AWSAT
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 329,000 Syrians have returned from Turkey since the end of the operations carried out by Turkey and pro-Syrian factions, including the Free Syrian Army, Turkey’s interior minister said Sunday.
 
Soylu said those Syrians returned to their homeland thanks to the peace reached in Afrin, Azaz, Jarablus, and al-Bab where the Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield operations were carried out.
 

Civilian Toll Mounts as Syria Regime Pounds Militant Bastion

May 28 2019
Syria
Source: 
ASHARQ AL-AWSAT
Another wave of regime air strikes on Tuesday struck a militant bastion in northwest Syria where more than 40 civilians have been killed in several days of heavy bombardment, a war monitor said.
 
Four children were among 10 people killed on Tuesday in government fire on several towns in Idlib province and neighboring Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
 
A hospital in the Idlib town of Kafranbel was hit by artillery shells, said David Swanson, a spokesman for the UN humanitarian office.
 

Sudan protesters begin two-day strike to pressure military

May 28 2019
Algeria
Source: 
Al Jazeera

Protesters in Sudan started a two-day general strike on Tuesday to pile pressure on the ruling army to hand over power to a civilian government.

The strike left hundreds of airline passengers stranded at Khartoum airport on Tuesday morning after opposition group Alliance for Freedom and Change requested Sudanese pilots to participate.

Kurdistan Parliament elects the president of the region Tomprrow

May 27 2019
Iraq
Source: 
Waar Media

Kurdistan’s parliament is to elect a new head of the Kurdistan region on Tuesday, amid opposition and boycott by opposition parties, which have already announced their rejection of the mechanisms adopted in re-activating the post.

PUK and Gorran Movement signed the agreements with the KDP to participate in the provincial government on condition of implementation of the agreements concluded to vote for the KDP candidate Nechirvan Barzani to fill the position.

Netanyahu pledges to resolve coalition crisis and avoid election

May 27 2019
Israel
Source: 
Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would continue to try and resolve a deadlock in a coalition crisis and form a new government, after parliament took an initial move to dissolve itself.

“In the time left I will continue to act in every way possible in order to establish a government in the coming days,” Netanyahu said in a televised speech, ahead of a Wednesday deadline to form a new government.

Maayan Lubell

Empowering Africa’s Powerful Women

May 27 2019
Sudan
Source: 
Project Syndicate
Although women have played a crucial part in ending conflicts and energizing protests in Africa and elsewhere, they are often marginalized in the subsequent peacebuilding and political processes. A special international fund to nurture female political leadership would help give women a bigger say in their countries' futures.
 

40 world leaders congratulate Jokowi on winning presidential election

May 27 2019
Indonesia
Source: 
Antara News

Jakarta (ANTARA) - As many as 40 world leaders and three international organizations have congratulated Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on winning the 17 April presidential election, following the May 21 announcement made by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

KPU's final tally indicated a win for incumbent President Jokowi and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin in the election by garnering 55.5 percent of the votes, outshining Prabowo-Sandi, who had received 44.5 of the votes.

Moudjahidine : Said Abadou remplacé à la tête de l’ONM

May 27 2019
Algeria
Source: 
TSA

Changement à la tête de la puissante organisation nationale des moudjahidines (ONM). Incapable d’assumer ses fonctions pour « raisons de santé », Said Abadou a été remplacé par Mohand Ouamar Benlhadj, indique ce lundi l’organisation dans un communiqué.

« Vu que M. Abadou souffre de problèmes de santé qui l’empêchent d’assumer ses fonctions, la gestion de l’ONM est confiée, jusqu’à nouvel ordre, à M. Mohand Ouamar Benlhadj, membre du secrétariat national, chargé de la publication et de la documentation », a précisé le texte repris par l’agence officielle.

Israel faces possible second election amid coalition crisis

May 27 2019
Israel
Source: 
The Washington Post

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new mandate.

If the bill receives final passage in a vote scheduled Wednesday, Israel would be forced to hold new elections — sending the political system into disarray.

Yemen separatist leader says UAE 'occupying' south

May 27 2019
Yemen
Source: 
Alaraby
A leader in Yemen's southern separatist movement has accused the UAE of occupying the war-torn country's south

A leader in Yemen's southern separatist movement has accused the UAE of occupying the war-torn country's south, due to the Gulf state's military and economic presence in the region.

Ali Mohammed al-Saadi made the criticism in an online statement on Saturday, local media reported.

Police arrest Gerindra legislative candidate for spreading disinformation

May 26 2019
Indonesia
Source: 
Jakarta Globe

Jakarta. Mustofa Nahrawardaya, a legislative candidate for the opposition Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, was arrested on Sunday for deliberately spreading disinformation.

Chief Comr. Rickynaldo Chairul, head of the cybercrime division at the National Police's Criminal Investigation Agency, said Mustofa spread false information on two separate Twitter accounts about the death of a teenager after a beating by officers of the National Police's Mobile Brigade Corps (Brimob) during the May 22 rally in Jakarta.

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