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Yemeni prisoner swap will take weeks, says Red Cross
GENEVA: A prisoner swap in Yemen will take weeks and may involve the repatriation of third country nationals captured in the nearly four-year war, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday. Yemen’s Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed government on Tuesday exchanged lists of some 15,000 prisoners for a swap agreed as a confidence-building measure at the start of UN-sponsored peace
 
 
Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in West Bank
HEBRON: A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces on Tuesday near the flashpoint city of Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said. Palestinian official news agency Wafa identified the dead man as Omar Awwad, 27, and said he was shot by Israeli forces near Hebron. The health ministry confirmed he had died after being taken to hospital. Israeli police said a man was shot after his car “drove to
   
Somalia’s president dodges impeachment move
MOGADISHU: A bid to impeach Somalia’s president for alleged abuse of office was ruled “invalid” on Tuesday after the parliamentary clerk said over a dozen MPs had denied signing the motion. “We have received written statements from 14 lawmakers who claim their names have been used wrongly in the list of signatories of the motion against the president,” parliamentary clerk Abdikarim Haji Abdi Buh said in a statement.
 
 
Activists fear states will fall short on UN migration pact
MARRAKESH: As heads of state and government jetted out of Morocco on Tuesday after formally adopting a UN deal on migration, NGOs raised doubts about its implementation on the ground and the high seas. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — finalised at the UN in July after 18 months of talks — was formally approved in Marrakesh on Monday in a ceremony attended by representatives of 165 governments.
   
Iran confirms missile test in defiance of US
GENEVA: A senior Iranian military commander has confirmed that Tehran recently carried out a ballistic missile test, to the anger of the United States, the Fars news agency said on Tuesday. The Revolutionary Guards official’s comment came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion earlier this month that Iran had test-fired a missile capable of carrying multiple warheads and reaching the Middle East and Europe.
 
 
250,000 refugees could return to Syria next year: UN
GENEVA: A quarter of a million Syrian refugees could return home next year, despite massive hurdles facing returnees, the UN said on Tuesday, urging support to the millions still in neighbouring countries. “We are forecasting... up to 250,000 Syrians go back in 2019,” Amin Awad, who heads the UN refugee agency’s Middle East and North Africa operations, told reporters in Geneva. “That figure can go up and down according to the
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