20th May 2018

  • Mr Moon and Mr Trump are set to meet on Tuesday in Washington before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with Mr Trump in a landmark meeting set for June 12 in Singapore.
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday to ensure that the North Korea-U.S. summit remains on track after North Korea threatened to pull out of the high-level talks.
  • US B-52 bombers changed flight plan after North Korea threatened Trump summit.
  • Sudan has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to complain about a TV series that portrays Egyptian rebel fighters living in the neighbouring country.
  • The UN’s senior human rights official has castigated Israel, saying there is little evidence that its armed forces attempted to minimise casualties during protests by Palestinians this week during which dozens of demonstrators were killed.
  • Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip for the entire holy month of Ramadan, days after mass protests along the Gaza-Israel border in which more than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.
  • The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military.
  • The United States is withdrawing assistance from northwest Syria as the Trump administration review hundreds of millions of dollars in stabilization aid to Syria, a  State Department official has told CNN.

  • Analysis: What’s next for Hezbollah in Syria? The Iran-backed Shia group claimed that “takfiri” attacks in Lebanon by groups accusing others of irreligiosity would only increase if it did not send men across the border.

  •  The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday.
  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed Sunday that Washington and Beijing had agreed to back off from imposing tariffs on each other, a day after reaching an accord on slashing the American trade deficit with China.
  • Lebanese Democratic Party chief MP Talal Arslan said Sunday that the Chouf-Aley district was now being represented by two parliamentary blocs, and that his alliance with the Free Patriotic Movement would stand firm.
  •  Former Cabinet Secretary-General Suheil Bouji passed away Saturday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
  • Saudi Arabia has managed to intercept a ballistic missile launched from Yemen at a “civilian area,” according to the Arab coalition. However, Houthi rebels claim that a Saudi military base was successfully targeted in the strike.
  • SANA’A, Yemen — A UN agency has issued a warning for the rare tropical cyclone ‘Sagar’ in the Gulf of Aden, saying it threatens flash flooding, as authorities say it has struck Yemen’s southern coastline.
  • Dr. Manuel AlMeida gives his opinion on Why Hodeidah is a critical chapter of the Yemen war. Read more here.
  • Trump may not be an aberration that can be waited out, with his successor likely to push reset after four or eight years of fraught ties. Instead, the blend of unilateralism, nationalism and protectionism Trump embodies may be the new American normal.
  • The EU has begun reviving legislation that will allow European companies to continue doing business with Iran, despite US sanctions, officials say.
  • Edinburgh councillors have hit the headlines by reviving plans to introduce a tourism tax for the city. The local authority is drawing up proposals which could involve tourists paying a “transient visitor levy”, otherwise known as an occupancy or bed tax, for hotel stays.
  • Turkish elections: Erdogan holds rally in Bosnia’s Sarajevo: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is holding an election rally in Sarajevo, Bosnia, after three European Union countries banned Turkish politicians from campaigning on their soil ahead of next month’s polls.
  • Greece: Thessaloniki mayor injured after far-right attack.
  • Russia, Europe and China reportedly discussing New Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • Netanyahu’s son posts ‘F*ck Turkey’ on instagram amid diplomatic row.
  • Mueller investigators questioned witnesses in Israel and seized computers, report says.
  • Memo to Israel: Lebanon is not Hezbollah, Gaza is not Hamas. Israeli public relations efforts to turn attention away from inconvenient realities and to distract public opinion rest in large part on promoting simplified, dumbed-down messages.
  • Last week: Lebanon finally held a parliamentary election, nine years after the last one and following several false starts over the past five years, but the results have not brought change to the country’s political status quo. The same old political elites continue to dominate Lebanon’s political scene, winning the vast majority of seats.
  • Last week:  The dust has finally settled in Lebanon’s parliamentary election, after most of the 128 winning candidates were announced on Monday.
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been admitted to hospital in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian official said, providing no further details on his condition.
  • Iraq elections final results: A political bloc led by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said, ahead of internationally favoured Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi‘s bloc.