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Israel launches airstrikes against Syria

Blinken has failed to achieve most of the stated goals of his repeated visits to the region since October 7 including getting commitment from Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel

Political prisoners hunger strike Bahrain Prisoners launch hunger strike in Bahrain

The strike was launched at the Jaw Rehabilitation and Reform Center, which is mainly used to imprison government critics, dissidents, human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners

Yemen responds to US troops in West Asia Houthis express concern about US troops surge in West Asia

The US has supported the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen by providing armament and technical support. It has also helped in implementing the Saudi sea blockade by seizing some Yemen-bound ships

Yemen peace talks Warring parties in Yemen resume Oman-mediated peace talks to end the war 

The peace talks had been suspended in July after the two sides could not reach an agreement on a number of economic and humanitarian issues

UK arms sale to Saudi Arabia UK court rejects appeal to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen atrocities

According to rights groups, an estimated 8,983 civilians have been killed in over 25,000 airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen since 2015, many of which were carried out by UK-supplied military equipment

Iran proposes naval alliance in West Asia Iran proposes joint naval force in Persian Gulf with Saudi Arabia and other countries

While the details are not clear and no confirmation has been made by the other countries, the alliance is expected to be an alternative to the existing US-led naval force in the region with strong backing from China

Violations mar Sudan’s soon-to-expire ceasefire, paramilitary RSF occupies Communist Party’s office

“The occupation of our party office is a part of the ongoing attempts by the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces to silence the voice of the democratic forces that opposed this catastrophic war,” SCP spokesperson Fathi Elfadl told Peoples Dispatch

Welcoming ceasefire, Sudanese left calls for involvement of civil society and regional institutions

The Sudanese Communist Party has welcomed the ceasefire between the army and the Rapid Support Forces but has warned against monopolization of the peace process by US and Saudi Arabia. It has called for the involvement of Sudanese civil society and African Union peacekeepers

Syria joins Arab League summit (1) Syrian President Assad attends Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia, a first since 2011

Trying to develop an effective and autonomous regional approach to deal with common issues, an increasing number of Arab countries have defied pressures exerted by the US and the EU against normalization of relations with Syria 

Yemen peace talks Houthis apprehensive about US meddling in ongoing peace talks in Yemen

The US has increased its diplomatic activities with regard to the Yemen conflict following the announcement of talks between Houthis and Saudi Arabia. A key Houthi leader warned that the United States seeks to obstruct peace efforts

Yemen peace talks Saudi delegates visit Yemeni capital Sana’a to hold talks with Houthis 

The Oman-mediated peace talks to end the nine-year-old war in Yemen received a boost after China brokered a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia last month. Media reports say Saudi Arabia and the Houthis agreed on the draft of a ceasefire agreement last month, which lays out the plan for a more detailed negotiation

OPEC + OPEC: Saudis aren’t afraid of US anymore

The surprise OPEC+ reduction consolidates the Saudi-Russian energy alliance, by aligning their production levels and placing them on equal footing. It is a slap in the face for the US