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Report: France Blocks E.U. from Condemning Libyan Warlord’s Invasion of Tripoli

France, which owns oil assets in Libya, reportedly sidelined a European Union statement this week calling on the Paris and Moscow-backed Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar to halt his eastern army’s offensive against forces loyal to the North African country’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli.

Libya strongman says victory near against Derna jihadists

Arab League Debates Allowing Syria to Return

The Arab League announced on Monday that they have not yet reached a consensus on reinstating membership for Syria, which they froze out of the League in 2011 at the dawn of its brutal civil war. Discussions about reinstating Syria will evidently continue.

The Associated Press

Report: Former U.S. Government Operatives Helped UAE Hack iPhones

Former U.S. government intelligence operatives reportedly helped the United Arab Emirates hack into the iPhones of “rival foreign leaders,” diplomats, and others — even gaining access to “compromising” sexual photos of targets according to a report by Reuters.

An Arab man's iPhone

UAE to Deposit $3 Billion in Pakistan Central Bank

The United Arab Emirates will deposit $3 billion in the central bank of Pakistan to help “enhance liquidity” as the country struggles with a balance of payments crisis, state media said.

UAE to deposit $3 bn in Pakistan central bank

Saudi Crown Prince Kickstarts PR Tour amid Khashoggi Scandal

Public anger has reportedly greeted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) during his tour of several Arab countries launched over the weekend, marking his first foreign visits since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

Saudi crown prince arrives in Cairo on regional tour

Iran Warns U.S. and Gulf Allies to Respect ‘Red Lines’ or Face ‘Storm’ of Retaliation

ranian officials took their belligerent rhetoric up another notch on Friday, as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) told U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates they will face a “storm” of retaliation if they don’t heed the IRGC’s warnings, while a senior cleric directly threatened U.S. military bases in the region.

Sardar Hossein Salami & Sardar Mohammad Bagheri & Sardar Mohammad pakpour in Great Prophet Wargame in April 2016

Iran Video Threatens Missile Strikes on Israel, Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Iran — A semi-official news agency in Iran believed to be close to the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard has published a video threatening the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with missile attacks.

TEHRAN, IRAN: Russian-made Sam-6 surface-to-air missiles are seen in front of a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a war exhibition to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war at Baharestan square, south of Tehran 25 September 2005. Saudi Arabia is concerned that US policies are helping Iran make …

Xi Jinping Heads to Middle East to Sell One Belt, One Road

China’s communist leader Xi Jinping begins a whirlwind tour of Africa and the Middle East Thursday, hoping to expand the nation’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project throughout the continent and solidify trade deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Xi arrives in Abu Dhabi after China signs deals with UAE

Xi Jinping to Travel to United Arab Emirates and Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the Middle East and Africa between July 19 and July 27 to sell that region Beijing’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project, a global infrastructure plan to give China control of the world’s great ports, roads, and railways.

Chinese President Xi Jinping alights from the plane upon arrival in Caracas on July 20, 2014. Xi departed Argentina Sunday for Venezuela, the next-to-last stop of a Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade with the region. AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

UAE Puts Yemen Peace Deal on Table with Houthis

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member of a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen since 2015, revealed Tuesday that the Sunni alliance is working with the United Nations on a deal to end the war that would make peace contingent upon the Shiite rebels withdrawal from the strategically important port city of Hodeidah.

The Associated Press

Saudi Coalition in Yemen: ‘No Civilian Casualties in Hodeidah Airport Battle’

The Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government of Yemen reported on Wednesday that the strategically vital airport in Hodeidah was captured from Houthi insurgents without any civilian casualties, despite the Houthi tactic of placing armored fighting vehicles in civilian areas.

The Associated Press

U.N.: 25,000-Plus Civilians Flee Yemen Port City as Fighting Rages

Ongoing fierce clashes between the Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-allied Houthi rebels over the control of Yemen’s most vital port city, Hodeida, have forced about 26,000 residents to flee so far, the United Nations declared this week as fighting continues to rage.

Yemen's Hodeida braces for street battles

Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen Port City to ‘Coax’ Houthis Out

A Saudi-led coalition of Arab fighters reportedly used Apache helicopter gunships and carriers to bomb Iran-backed Houthi fighters who had taken shelter at an airport in Hodeidah, Yemen, on Monday in an attempt to push the rebels to leave the city and “save the population” of civilians there.

The Associated Press