Libya’s Bashagha arrives in Tripoli -Al Arabiya

CAIRO – Libya’s parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, has arrived in the capital Tripoli, Al Arabiya TV said on Tuesday, citing the interior minister in his government. The eastern-based parliament appointed Bashagha in March but Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, the incumbent appointed last year, refused to cede power, leading to a prolonged standoff between the two rival governments. “The Libyan government will carry on its duties from the capital Tripoli,” said the minister, Issam Abu Zariba, adding…

"Libya’s Bashagha arrives in Tripoli -Al Arabiya"

Oil prices open lower as EU struggles to seal Russia import ban

– Oil prices opened lower in early Asian trade on Tuesday after the European Union’s efforts to enact a ban on Russian oil imports, a move that would tighten global supply, ran into resistance from member country Hungary. Brent crude futures fell 35 cents, or 0.3%, to $113.89 a barrel at 0004 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 52 cents, or 0.5%, to $113.68 a barrel. EU foreign ministers failed on…

"Oil prices open lower as EU struggles to seal Russia import ban"

Biden approves redeployment of some ground troops to Somalia- officials

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized the redeployment of several hundred American troops back into Somalia, two U.S. officials said on Monday, more than a year after Donald Trump ordered their withdrawal. Prior to Trump’s withdrawal, the United States had about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.

"Biden approves redeployment of some ground troops to Somalia- officials"

First commercial flight takes off from Sanaa, raising Yemen peace prospects

SANAA – Yemen’s national airline operated on Monday its first commercial flight in years from the capital Sanaa, raising hopes for renewal of a U.N.-brokered truce in the seven-year-old conflict that has pitted a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthis and put Middle East security in peril. Water canons sprayed Sanaa airport’s runway as an airplane of the national carrier Yemenia landed against a backdrop of destroyed buildings surrounding the airfield. Dozens of Yemenis, including…

"First commercial flight takes off from Sanaa, raising Yemen peace prospects"

Saudi Arabia on track to hit oil output of over 13 million bpd by 2027 -minister

MANAMA -Saudi Arabia is on track to lift oil production capacity by more than 1 million barrels per day to over 13 million barrels bpd by the end of 2026 or start of 2027, the energy minister said on Monday. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told an energy conference in Bahrain that production could be maintained at that level once it was reached should market demand require it. The prince also said all upstream investments would…

"Saudi Arabia on track to hit oil output of over 13 million bpd by 2027 -minister"

Lebanon vote brings blow for Hezbollah allies in preliminary results

BEIRUT – Iran-backed Hezbollah has been dealt a blow in Lebanon’s parliamentary election with preliminary results showing losses for some of its oldest allies and the Saudi-aligned Lebanese Forces party saying it had gained seats. With votes still being counted, the final make-up of the 128-member parliament has yet to emerge. The heavily armed Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah and its allies won a majority of 71 seats when Lebanon last voted in 2018. The current…

"Lebanon vote brings blow for Hezbollah allies in preliminary results"

Palestinian militant dies of wounds, days after clashes with Israeli troops

JERUSALEM – A Palestinian gunmen, brother of a prominent militant in the occupied West Bank, died in an Israeli hospital on Sunday, two days after being wounded in clashes with Israeli forces. The Palestinian Health Ministry announced Daoud Zubeidi’s death, citing information from Israeli authorities, and armed groups vowed revenge. He was the brother of Zakaria Zubeidi, a former commander of the Fatah party’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank city of Jenin…

"Palestinian militant dies of wounds, days after clashes with Israeli troops"

Turkey to hold talks with Sweden, Finland over NATO membership

BERLIN -Foreign ministers from Finland, Sweden and Turkey will hold clear the air talks in Berlin on Saturday to resolve disagreements over Finnish and Swedish plans to join NATO, as the alliance meets against the backdrop of the Ukraine war. The Nordic states are gearing up to apply for membership of the 30-strong transatlantic alliance in response to what they see as a fundamentally altered security situation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That has…

"Turkey to hold talks with Sweden, Finland over NATO membership"

Emirates Telecommunications acquires 9.8% stake in Vodafone

DUBAI – Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, now known as (e&), said on Saturday it has acquired a 9.8% stake in Vodafone for $4.4 billion. The move came days after e& said it is looking to expand into new markets in Africa, Europe and Asia and in areas outside telecoms such as financial technology as its seeks to drive growth. The United Arab Emirates-based telecommunications firm said it made the investment to gain “significant exposure…

"Emirates Telecommunications acquires 9.8% stake in Vodafone"

UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven

DUBAI – United Arab Emirates strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, led a realignment of the Middle East that created a new anti-Iran axis with Israel and fought a rising tide of political Islam in the region. Working behind the scenes for years as de facto leader, Sheikh Mohammed, 61, transformed the UAE military into a high-tech force, which coupled with its oil wealth and business hub status,…

"UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven"