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The Euphrates river amid a heavy dust storm in Nasiriyah, Iraq. AFP
 

LEBANON

A hostage drama at a Federal Bank of Lebanon branch in Beirut's Hamra neighbourhood ended without injury yesterday after an armed man demanded to withdraw his savings, in an incident that threw a spotlight on the desperation caused by the country’s financial crisis.

Iraq has agreed to continue supplying Lebanon's power company with heavy fuel oil for another year, alleviating pressure on the country's struggling electricity grid.

IRAN

The US State Department claimed that Russian officials had trained in Iran in recent weeks as part of an agreement on a drone transfer from Tehran to Moscow.

IRAQ

Followers of the powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr dug in their heels yesterday, as they wrapped up their second week of protests outside parliament, saying they are preparing for the worst.

GAZA

Those responsible for the deaths and injuries of Palestinian children this month must be brought to account, the UN rights chief said.

EGYPT

Ukraine’s special envoy to the Middle East addressed the Arab League in Cairo yesterday and accused Moscow of preventing much-needed wheat deliveries to the region, less than a month after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Egypt.

YEMEN

The US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, departs for the Middle East today on a second trip in three weeks designed to expand the truce in the war-torn country and push for a final settlement.

SUDAN

Five thousand Sudanese families face displacement after their homes were damaged due to torrential rain and flooding, local news reports said yesterday.

SAUDI ARABIA

Gamers8 — the world's largest esports event — has been launched to help Saudi Arabia’s next generation of tech innovators take lead roles within the industry.

 
 

PLUS …

Opec lowered its global oil demand forecast for this year amid the Ukraine war, coronavirus pandemic-related movement restrictions and high inflation.

With the first year of the Taliban in power about to come to a close, David Loyn assesses the group's engagement with the region and the world, while Obaidullah Baheer writes that the Taliban will have to adjust to the new Afghanistan, and we must adjust to the Taliban.

Today's Trending Middle East podcast features: Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed meets the delivery driver he singled out for praise; and Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died.

AND …

Zuhair Murad: we must prove that we will stay in Lebanon and rebuild the country.

Mona Farag
Gulf Affairs Editor

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