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Lebanese union leader detained over Maronite patriarch ‘erection joke’

20 May, 2019

A video has surfaced showing the head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers saying that prayer to deceased Cardinal Sfeir could help his erectile dysfunction.

Riyadh detains two foreign journalists, including Al Jazeera reporter

20 May, 2019

Marwan al-Muraisi, a Yemeni journalist and Abdel Rahman Farhaneh, a Jordanian journalist, were believed missing until Reporters Without Borders announced they were being detained by Saudi authorities.

Egyptian security forces kill 12 suspected militants in Cairo

20 May, 2019

The Egyptian interior ministry said security forces had killed 12 militants from the shadowy Hasm organisation following a bomb blast on Sunday which injured 17 tourists near the Pyramids.

Philippines may ban citizens from Kuwait after housemaid death

20 May, 2019

The Philippines is considering reimposing a ban on its citizens working in Kuwait following the death of a Filipina domestic worker in the Gulf state.

Iraq scrambles to reassure US after embassy attack

20 May, 2019

Iraqi officials have been trying to reassure US diplomats after a Katyusha rocket landed near the US embassy in Baghdad.

Palestine lashes out at Germany's anti-BDS motion

20 May, 2019

The Palestinian foreign ministry has condemned Germany for passing a motion that brands the BDS movement as anti-Semitic.

Palestinian 'mystery murders' on the rise in Israel

20 May, 2019

Palestinian citizens of Israel are calling for accountability amid sharp increase of murders within Arab towns.

Qatar slams Saudi Arabia's 'ironic' call for Gulf unity

20 May, 2019

Qatar slammed Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir for calling for Qatar to 'return to the fold' of the GCC while also 'attacking' the country.

100,000 drug pills found on Mecca-bound Saudi pilgrimage buses

20 May, 2019

Saudi customs officials captured more than 100,000 illegal pills on board buses transporting pilgrims to Mecca for the Umrah pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia 'shoots down ballistic missiles near Mecca'

20 May, 2019

Saudi Arabia has shot down two ballistic missiles over the cities of Taif and Jeddah, east and west of Mecca respectively, which it blamed on Yemen's Houthi movement.

Bahrain convenes summit to sell 'Deal of the Century'

20 May, 2019

The first phase of Washington's long-awaited Middle East peace plan will be unveiled at a June conference in Bahrain.

Britons could be banned from Syria under new law

20 May, 2019

UK nationals could be banned from Syria's Idlib and northeastern provinces - or even the entire country - under a controversial new counter-terrorism law.

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