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UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blockage

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has begun searching for a new envoy to Libya, diplomatic sources said Wednesday, after the United States refused to endorse the previous candidate.

Watchdog blames Syria for chemical weapons attacks

Den Haag - The global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday for the first time explicitly blamed Syria for toxic attacks, saying President Bashar al-Assad's air force used the nerve gas sarin and chlorine three times in 2017.

Afghan government releases 100 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - The Afghan government released 100 low-risk Taliban prisoners Wednesday, officials said, a day after the insurgents announced they were walking out of talks with Kabul.

UN Security Council calls for release of kidnapped Mali opposition leader

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for the "swift liberation" of Soumaila Cisse, head of the Mali opposition, who was kidnapped in the northern part of the country March 25.

Taliban end 'fruitless' meetings with Afghan govt over prisoner swap

Kabul - The Taliban said Tuesday they were pulling negotiators out of "fruitless" discussions with the Afghan government over a prisoner swap that had formed a key part of an accord with the United States.

What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

Beirut - The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations.

Coronavirus: 'Worst yet to come' for countries in conflict, says UN chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday renewed his call for a global ceasefire, urging all parties to conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus fear stalks Nigeria displaced camps

Maiduguri - Men and women cluster around plastic wash basins hastily set up outside one of northeast Nigeria's sprawling displaced persons’ camps, lathering their hands with soap under the gaze of security personnel.

Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come

Tripoli - While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos.

Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in Kabul on prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghan government representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the first time to discuss a prisoner swap aimed at jump-starting a floundering peace process, officials said Wednesday.

Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in Kabul on prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghan government representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the first time to discuss a prisoner swap aimed at jump-starting a floundering peace process, officials said Wednesday.

Virus could spread faster in camps than on ships: NGO

Beirut - The novel coronavirus could spread faster in overcrowded refugee and displaced persons camps than it has anywhere else so far, including on cruise ships, an aid group warned Wednesday.

Trump, Erdogan stress need for Syria, Libya ceasefires: W.House

Washington - US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined Tuesday the need for ceasefires in Syria and Libya during the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said.

In first, UN Security Council approves resolutions remotely

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday for the first time approved resolutions remotely after painstaking negotiations among diplomats who are teleworking due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit rebel-held Yemen capital

Apo - The Saudi-led military coalition on Monday said it carried out multiple air strikes on Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa in retaliation for missile strikes on Riyadh.

UN panel urges halt to Syria fighting as virus strikes

Geneva - Warring parties in Syria must stop fighting "to avoid further catastrophe", UN investigators said on Saturday, as the first cases of the COVID-19 epidemic are recorded in a country already torn apart by nine years of war.

At standstill over virus, Damascus dreads new silent foe

Damascus - On a deserted street in the old city of Damascus, the new coronavirus has forced salesmen like Ahmad to close up shop indefinitely for the first time in Syria's war.

Warring sides in Yemen back calls for coronavirus ceasefire

Sanaa - All sides in Yemen's long conflict offered support on Thursday for the United Nations' call for a ceasefire to protect civilians from the coronavirus pandemic.

Yemen war: Five years on, rebels stronger than ever

Dubai - Five years after Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen's civil war, leading a military coalition to prop up the government which had been driven out of its capital, the Huthi rebels are only stronger, more resilient and gaining ground.

War-torn Libya reports first coronavirus case

Tripoli - Libya has reported its first case of the novel coronavirus, a particular source of concern in the North African country where civil war has badly degraded the public healthcare system.

At least 25 dead in attack on Afghan Sikh-Hindu temple

Kabul - At least 25 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on a Sikh-Hindu temple in Afghanistan's capital where worshippers were offering morning prayers, the latest brutal assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

Five years on, Saudi struggles to escape Yemen quagmire

Apo - Five years after launching its much-criticised military intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is stuck in a costly quagmire with no exit in sight while it grapples with multiple crises at home.

Jihadist ambush kills at least 70 Nigerian soldiers

Kano - At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush on their convoy by jihadist fighters in the restive northeast, military and security sources said on Tuesday.

Hand-washing: a luxury millions of Yemenis can't afford

Hajjah - Hand-washing to combat the spread of coronavirus is the order of the day, but it's an unaffordable luxury for millions in war-ravaged Yemen where clean water is dangerously scarce.

Yemen war's 'devastating impact' on child mental health: charity

Dubai - The long war in Yemen has had a "devastating impact" on the mental health of children, with more than half saying they feel sad and depressed, Save the Children said.

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

Washington - The Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter.

Few hundred pray outside as virus shuts revered Jerusalem mosque

Jerusalem - Just a few hundred faithful attended the main weekly prayers in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday, compared with the 30,000 who usually attend, as coronavirus prevention measures kept most away.

At least 24 Afghan security forces killed in insider attack

Kabul - At least two dozen Afghan security forces were killed Friday in an insider attack on their base in southern Afghanistan, officials told AFP, as fighting raged in the war-weary country while efforts to start talks with the Taliban stalled.

Syria's Baghouz, one year after last IS flag came down

Sulaymaniyah - A year after the last black flag of the Islamic State group was lowered in the Syrian village of Baghouz, local farmer Hamad al-Ibrahim is trying to restore his damaged land.

Taliban should agree ceasefire to stop virus: Afghan minister

Kabul - The Taliban should commit to a ceasefire as a way of tackling the novel coronavirus, Afghanistan's defence minister said Thursday, while also vowing that security forces would respond to continued insurgent attacks.
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