The United States America (USA) and the Republic of Iran have concluded a deal where 5 American citizens with Iranian citizenship were swapped in exchange for the unfreezing of $6 billion of Iranian funds. The frozen funds were transferred to banks in Qatar, which acted as the mediator in the deal between the 2 countries.
President Muhammadu Buhari traveled out of the country on Tuesday morning to embark on an eight-day diplomatic visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Buhari is expected to perform the lesser pilgrimage (Umrah), during his stay in the Kingdom of Saudi. This was revealed in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday evening.
China's parliament has backed the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and head of the military, Xi Jinping a historic third term as president, making him the longest-serving head of state of Communist China since 1949. More than 2,000 members of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People to keep President, Xi Jinping for another five years, making a three-term tenure having assumed office a decade ago.
Several thousand Palestinians have fled their homes in the Jenin refugee camp in the north as Israeli military launched the biggest military operation in the West Bank in years, according to Palestinian officials. The Palestinian Red Cresent said it has evacuated about 3,000 people from the Jenin camp, where about 14,000 people live in an area of less than half a square kilometre. Atleast 10 Palestinians have been killed during the raid were over 1,000 Israeli soldiers backed by air attacks raided the camp early on Monday wounding about 100 people.
Middle East oil-producing rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran have ended their rift, and have agreed to restore ties and reopen embassies after China brokered a deal between both states. The giants have also agreed to reimplement the 1998 security pact where they agreed to cooperate on terrorism, drug-smuggling and money laundering, as well as reviving trade and technology. The rivalry between predominantly Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia has dominated Middle East politics in recent years, spreading into Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. It further deepened in 2016 when Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital following the execution of a Shi’ite cleric in Saudi Arabia.
Turkish government has vowed on Sunday to investigate thoroughly all persons suspected of being part of the factors responsible for the collapse of buildings in the country's devastating earthquakes nearly one week ago and has already ordered the detention of 113 suspects. Vice President Fuat Oktay stated overnight that 131 suspects had so far been identified as responsible for the collapse of some of the thousands of buildings flattened in the 10 provinces affected by the powerful tremors early last Monday. He revealed that the justice ministry had established earthquake crimes investigation bureaus in the quake zone provinces to investigate deaths and injuries. Oktay while speaking to reporters in a briefing at the disaster management coordination centre in Ankara said, "Detention orders have been issued for 113 of them."