Students in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, marked a moment of silence for the protesters killed by security forces in the south, in the latest escalation of violence since protesters torched Iranian consulate in Najaf.
On Tuesday, airstrikes, the first in weeks, kills citizens in Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria, and raises fears amongst the international community, that an all-out government offensive is bound to happen soon.
Prioritizing de-escalation in southern Syria appears to be the regional consensus, but the rebels’ opposition to any deals could lengthen the process. Syria’s south is home to 1.3 million Sunni, Christian and Druze minorities.
After the appointment of two new female ministers on Thursday, the current Egyptian cabinet is made up of 8 female ministers. This results in a quarter of the Egyptian cabinet being occupied by female ministers.
A long list of difficult files awaits the new Iraqi government, whose birth seems challenging. An example of these complex problems is the deterioration of the water crisis after Turkey began operating the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River, which is now shyly flowing in Baghdad.
Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials gather in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan in hopes of reaching a political settlement in Syria. Representatives from the United States did not attend this round of talks.
Astana Process: First time Iran, Russia, Turkey gather for negotiations on the Syrian peace process in Astana, Kazakhstan since cross-border military strikes between Iran, Israel. The meeting between the countries will last two days.