An Egyptian court on Monday ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Persian Gulf patron.
A so-called monitoring group says nearly 250 civilians have lost their lives and more than a thousand others sustained injuries ever since the Turkish military launched an operation in northern Syria against purported positions of Takfiri Daesh terrorists and Kurdish fighters.
The French capital Paris is set to host an international conference in an effort to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks, promoting alarm in Tel Aviv that the event would lead to more pressure against the regime on the global stage.
Syria’s main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), has expressed its support for an upcoming round of peace talks between militants and the Syrian government in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
Iraqi army forces have achieved a string of swift territorial gains in and around Mosul as they are joined by allied fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a multi-pronged operation to push Daesh terrorists out of their last urban stronghold in the country.