DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates could invest at least a further 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) in the United Kingdom this year after pledging 10 billion pounds this week to its investment partnership with the British government. The UK’s Trade Commissioner to the Middle East, Simon Penney, told on Friday there was “line of sight” on a minimum of one billion pounds of transactions between now and the end of the year. “The expectations…"UAE could invest further $1.4 billion in Britain this year, UK trade official says"
BAGHDAD – A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in 2014 after years abroad. Seven years later, with Iraq less unstable, Rasheed has decided to contest a Oct. 10 election for the assembly, even if abuse and intimidation of women would-be lawmakers persist. Today, she is one of the 951 women, representing close to 30% of the…"Braving intimidation, hundreds of Iraqi women run for parliament"
– A U.N. envoy has met Afghanistan’s new interior minister who was for years was one of the world’s most wanted Islamist militants and is now part of a government trying to head off a humanitarian crisis. The meeting between Deborah Lyons, head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, and Sirajuddin Haqqani focused on humanitarian assistance, Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement on Twitter on Thursday. “(Haqqani) stressed that U.N. personnel can…"UN envoy meets new Afghan interior minister wanted by U.S."
– Hezbollah began importing Iranian fuel to Lebanon via Syria on Thursday, a move the Shi’ite Islamist group says aims to ease a crippling energy crisis but which its opponents say may expose the country to the risk of U.S. sanctions. Organised by Hezbollah, the shipment L1N2QI0CC marks a significant expansion of its role in Lebanon. What is Hezbollah? HISTORY: * Founded in 1982 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and classified by the United States and…"Factbox-What is Lebanon’s Hezbollah?"
BEIRUT – Hezbollah began bringing Iranian fuel into Lebanon via Syria on Thursday, a move the Shi’ite group says aims to ease a crippling energy crisis but which its opponents have said exposes the country to the risk of U.S. sanctions. Quoting its correspondent, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV said a convoy of around 20 tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel oil had entered Lebanon. The Iran-backed Hezbollah has said the ship carrying the fuel docked in Syria…"Hezbollah brings Iranian fuel into Lebanon, al-Manar TV says"
TRIPOLI – The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar clashed with Chadian rebel forces in the south of Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, both sides said. The fighting underscores the risk of further instability in the Sahel region, where an array of groups operate across borders and where fighting has created space for militant organisations. Statements from the LNA, which holds most of eastern and southern Libya, said it was engaged in…"East Libyan forces and Chadian rebels clash in southern Libya"
– It has been a month since the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, seizing the capital Kabul with barely a fight. Following are the main events in Afghanistan over the last month: Aug. 15 – Taliban fighters enter the capital Kabul, completing a lightning offensive that saw provincial capitals fall to the insurgents like dominoes. The speed and ease of their conquest surprised even the Taliban. – There is an immediate scramble by foreigners…"The dramatic first month of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan"
TUNIS – Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said on Tuesday he would not do deals with those he described as “traitors”, an apparent reference to the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the biggest in the suspended parliament. Ennahda has called for a national dialogue to find a way forward after Saied on July 25 dismissed the prime minister, froze parliament and seized governing powers, moves the party has called a coup. “I will not deal with.. traitors…"Tunisian president rejects dialogue with ‘traitors’"
VIENNA – The U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday described as “unacceptable” incidents in Iran involving its inspectors, in which diplomats say security staff subjected female inspectors to inappropriate searches that the United States is calling harassment. In a first case this year at the Natanz nuclear site, a female inspector was subjected to an unnecessarily intrusive search by security staff, diplomats who follow the International Atomic Energy Agency have said. Details of the episode in…"IAEA calls Iran’s treatment of watchdog’s inspectors ‘unacceptable’"
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt in order to pressure to the Arab ally to improve its human rights record, two sources familiar with the matter, including a U.S. official, said. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned move is a break with his predecessors’ policy of overriding a congressional check on military aid to Egypt. In the past, an exception was granted to free up $300…"U.S. to hold $130m of Egypt’s military aid over human rights -sources"