JERUSALEM -- New Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on June 29-30, which will be the first official visit by a senior Israeli official to the Gulf Arab country, Lapid's office said Monday.
During his trip, Lapid will inaugurate the Israeli embassy in UAE's capital Abu Dhabi and the consulate in Dubai, according to his office. (Israel-UAE-FM Visit)
BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi judiciary issued on Monday four death penalties and a life imprisonment against an Islamic State (IS) local leader for involvement in various terrorist crimes in Salahudin Province north of the capital Baghdad.
A statement by the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said the convicted terrorist was known to be a judge in Islamic law for the extremist IS group in Salahudin. (Iraq-IS Leader-Death Penalty)
TEHRAN -- Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that the United States must lift "all unjust sanctions" on Iran and Europe abide by their commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement.
"What I am saying to the United States is that according to the nuclear deal, you were obliged to lift all sanctions and you did not. Go back and fulfill your commitments," Raisi said when asked about his message to the United States and the European countries at his first press conference held after election. (Iran-New President-US Sanctions)
AMMAN -- Bassem Awadallah, Jordan's former finance minister and royal court chief, and the royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zeid on Monday pled not guilty to the charges of sedition against the regime, Awadallah's chief lawyer Mohammad Afif told Xinhua.
This first session of their trial was held on Monday under heavy security and closed to media. The second session will be held on Tuesday. (Jordan-Sedition Charges-Trial)