Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri says the cabinet has approved a raft of economic reforms, including halving ministers' wages, and agreed on the 2020 budget in a bid to tackle fiscal crisis in the cash-strapped country and put an end to the nationwide demonstrations that have entered the fifth day.
Lebanon government approves 2020 budget as protests go on
Russia says Turkey’s offensive in northeastern Syria has left 12 Syrian prisons for foreign militants as well as eight refugee camps unguarded, warning about the return of hundreds of terrorists to their home countries.
12 militant prisons left unguarded due to Turkish offensive in Syria: Russia
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has condemned Israel’s latest decision to seize more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in defiance of international outcry over the Tel Aviv regime’s land expropriation policies, describing it as “the biggest land heist.”
Palestine condemns Israeli regime’s 'biggest land heist' in West Bank
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the West’s failure to support Turkey’s cross-border operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria means “standing by terrorists.”
Since when did you start to side with terror? Erdogan asks West
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has expressed solidarity with the protesters who have flooded the streets of the country in recent days, saying their agitation shows "people's pain."
Street protests express 'people's pain': Lebanon's Aoun
An Iranian oil tanker hit by rockets off Saudi Arabia on October 11 arrived in Iran’s territorial waters on Monday, the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said in a statement.
Missile-hit Iranian oil tanker enters Iran waters
Pentagon chief Mark Esper confirmed that keeping some US troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields is being discussed, but no decision has been made.
Pentagon chief confirms plan to keep some troops in Syria to control oilfields
Lebanon approved an emergency package of economic reforms on Monday, in response to a wave of anti-government protests that Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri praised for breaking down sectarian barriers and restoring a sense of national unity.
Facing protests, Lebanon approves emergency economic reforms
An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck an area in Iran’s southern province of Hormuzgan, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Strong quake hits southern Iran
Turkey says Kurdish militants are withdrawing from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn according to an agreement brokered with the United States, days after the Turkish army launched a cross-border offensive into northeastern Syria.
Kurdish militants withdrawing from Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn: Turkey

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