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Syrian lira plummets as Caesar Act takes force

17 June, 2020

A Syrian regime document appeared to show the war-ravaged country’s central bank increasing the official dollar exchange rate from 704 to 1,256 Syrian pounds.

Sudan could try Bashir in hybrid court over Darfur

17 June, 2020

Omar Al-Bashir and three other Sudanese wanted by the ICC over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur are currently held in prison.

The Caesar Act explained: New US sanctions on Syria

17 June, 2020

The Caesar Act comes into force on Wednesday and may see the Assad regime come under further isolation and economic coercion.

Syria's Assad must compromise or face sanctions, US warns

16 June, 2020

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad must come to a political compromise or face further sanctions, the US warned on Tuesday, suggesting the embattled leader would never secure a full victory.

Lebanon to probe pound-dollar rumours after protests

16 June, 2020

Rumours on social media that the Lebanese pound had soared to as much as 7000 to the dollar worked to "sow confusion and panic" the public prosecutor said.

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

16 June, 2020

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist who died by suicide last week.

Middle East lockdowns leave women unable to access justice

16 June, 2020

The closure of family courts across the Middle East has placed women at risk, with their safety, basic rights and independence under renewed threat.

Anxious Muslims anticipate Hajj cancellation as Covid-19 spikes

16 June, 2020

Saudi Arabia is expected to either largely scale back or cancel the annual pilgrimage as coronavirus cases spike worldwide.

Lebanon army arrests dozens after protests amid economic crisis

15 June, 2020

The Lebanese army said it had arrested dozens of suspects for "vandalism", after days of protests triggered by a plunging local currency amid the worst economic crisis in decades.

Lebanon woman prime suspect in gruesome murder of ex-husband

15 June, 2020

A man in Lebanon's Jnah was tied to his bed and brutally stabbed to death by his recently divorced ex-wife, a recent report said.

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