Friday, August 19

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Uncertain Future Awaits Syria’s Children

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Ten-year-old Khaled lives in a refugee camp in the countryside of Idlib, Syria. He has wide gray eyes and looks serious in front of the camera, but his friends and caregivers call him the "head of mischief."Khaled lost his father five years ago when Islamic State militants abducted him in Idlib. That was the last time Khaled saw his father."Khaled's father got out from the house heading to Friday prayers, then disappeared. We searched everywhere for him. Later we learned that militants from IS had taken him, and he just disappeared," Khaled's mother, who did not want to be named, told VOA.Khaled, his mother and 6-year-old twin brothers moved several times from one refugee camp to another as the Syrian government's warplanes kept striking camps in the area.They finally settled in the Uthman...

Oman Braces for ‘Extremely Severe’ Cyclone Mekunu

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SALALAH, OMAN, Cyclone Mekunu will be extremely severe when it crashes into the Arabian Peninsula this weekend, meteorologists warned Friday, after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. At least 17 people are missing from Socotra, with one Yemeni official describing them as likely dead.The cyclone is expected to make landfall early Saturday near Salalah, Oman's third-largest city and home to about 200,000 people near the sultanate's border with war-ravaged Yemen.Conditions quickly deteriorated in Salalah after sunrise Friday, with winds and rain beginning to pick up. Strong waves smashed into empty tourist beaches. Many holidaymakers fled the storm Thursday night before Salalah International Airport closed.India's Meteorological Department said the storm in the Arabian Sea was pa...

Rahi meets Hawwat

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Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Rahi on Tuesday met with MP Ziad Hawwat, over an array of local affairs. "Lebanon is in need of a national plan to build it," the lawmaker said following the talks at the patriarchal headquarters in Bkerki. "The 'Strong Republic' members have agreed to cast a blank ballot in the vote to choose the Parliament speaker," he added. "This is not against the person of Speaker Nabih Berri," Hawwat explained, "but we are not convinced of the political camp he belongs to." As to the Prime Minister post, Hawwat indicated that the bloc would vote for Saad Hariri.Source: National News Agency

48 Vessels Cross Suez Canal, Today

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Cairo, Ramadan 06As many as 48 vessels transited the Suez Canal today, with a total cargo of 3,000,000 tons.The north-bound convoy included 23 vessels laden with 1,500,000 tons, while the south-bound convoy comprised of 25 vessels, carrying 1,500,000 tons, according to a statement by the Suez Canal Authority.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Riachy before cabinet session: Only those who have erred are aware of what is right

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Prior to today's cabinet session, Information Minister, Melhem Riachy, commented in a jokingly manner about the simmering electricity dossier saying, "Only those who have erred are aware of what's right is a logic that perfectly describes Lebanon's electricity dossier."On the other hand, the Information Minister warned that Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad's law number #10 was a major threat to the Syrian dossier in Lebanon.Law Number 10, introduced in April, calls on Syrians to register their private properties with the Ministry of Local Administration within 30 days. Legislation could allow the government to confiscate properties of displaced Syrians unless they prove ownership."The Lebanese government continues to work with the United Nations towards a solution to this ordeal," the Min...

KSRelief Continues Distribution of Iftar Meals in Shabwah Governorate, Yemen

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Shabwah, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) distributed, in the fourth day of the holy month of Ramadan, 500 Iftar (Breakfast) meals to 340 displaced people and 160 patients in the hospitals in Ataq district in Shabwah governorate, Yemen.This comes within the framework of distribution of 264,080 Iftar (Breakfast) meals, in 13 Yemeni governorates.Source: Saudi Press Agency