August 05, 2020 - Istanbul, Turkey, Asia, Europe, Middle East - Doctors in Turkey's coronavirus hotspots say hospitals are filling up with more cases than is reflected in the official nationwide count, which surpassed 1,000 new cases on Tuesday, with one saying Ankara alone matches that daily tally.
August 05, 2020 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Asia, Middle East - A group of investors is raising concerns about the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf, warning that labour practices risk leading to abuses such as modern slavery.
August 05, 2020 - Beirut, Lebanon, Asia, Middle East - Lebanese wake up to assess the damage the day after one of the most powerful explosions the city has ever seen killed dozen, injured thousands and damaged or destroyed entire neighbourhoods in the capital.
August 05, 2020 - Istanbul, Turkey, Asia, Europe, Middle East - President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party is considering whether to pull Turkey out of an international accord designed to protect women, party officials said, alarming campaigners who see the pact as key to combatting rising domestic violence.
August 04, 2020 – Israel, Middle East - With three weeks left for Israel to pass a budget, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government partner are locked in a stand-off that is threatening political and economic stability amid a deepening coronavirus crisis.
August 04, 2020 – Istanbul, Turkey, Asia, Europe, Middle East - Rates soared above 500% in a London-based lira swap market that Turkish authorities have long starved of liquidity, the highest level in more than a year, signalling more volatility for an EM currency that remains near a record low.
August 04, 2020 – Beirut, Lebanon, Asia, Middle East - Victims of the 2005 bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri await a U.N.-backed tribunal to issue its verdict on Aug. 7 in the hopes it will bring them justice 15 years on.
August 04, 2020 – Israel, Middle East - Israeli troops along Israeli-Syrian border after overnight Israeli strikes in Syria. An Israeli military statement described the air strikes as a response to an attempt by an enemy squad to place a bomb on the border fence.
The United States has proposed that hundreds of Taliban prisoners be transferred to house arrest in a supervised facility when they are freed from Afghan jails, three senior official sources said, a proposed solution for a deadlock that is holding up peace talks.
The proposal for Taliban fighters accused of conducting some of the bloodiest attacks in Afghanistan to be placed in a location where they would be under both Taliban and Afghan government surveillance was presented this week to the warring Afghan sides by top U.S. diplomats, the sources said.
The diplomats are trying to kickstart peace negotiations in Doha that have been delayed over the prisoner issue. The Afghan government is resisting freeing the final batch out of some 5,000 prisoners whose release was demanded by the insurgent group as a condition to start peace talks.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a live speech on state TV on Friday (July 31), ruled out negotiations with the United States over Tehran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, calling on Iranians to resist U.S. bullying.
Khamenei called the United States Iran's "main enemy" and urged Iranians to resist U.S. pressure. He ruled out negotiations with Washington saying Trump would use talks for propaganda as he did with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.