Since ancient times, political leaders have rarely if ever relied on chance to advance their peoples’ interests or push back against those of their adversaries. When the fate of human beings is at stake — as often is in global diplomacy (often the alternative to war) — careful planning and calculation are the tools of trade. For the administration that has ruled the United States since January 2017, though, chance may be all it has.
The Syrian government retook full control of central Syria on Wednesday as terrorists and their relatives were evacuated from final pockets of territory still outside Damascus’ grasp, an AFP correspondent reported.
Yemen's Supreme Political Council which runs state affairs said the situation in the capital Sana'a is back to normal following days of violent clashes between forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi fighters.
Egypt’s government says rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to hand over the full administrative control of the besieged Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) by December 1, as the two sides inked a historic reconciliation deal in the Egyptian capital Cairo to put an end to their decade-long rivalry.