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Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish tanks have been massing along the border with the Kurdish enclave of Afrin Syria has threatened to shoot down Turkish warplanes in its airspace, as Turkey prepares to carry out a possible assault on a Kurdish enclave. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said any incursion into Afrin would be […]

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinians symbolically locked the gates of an Unrwa office in Hebron in protest The UN has expressed serious concern at the US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency supporting Palestinian refugees. Washington will hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to […]

Palestinian slap video teen held until trial

Palestinian slap video teen held until trial

Media captionAhed Tamimi was arrested after this video went viral To some she’s a modern-day Joan of Arc. Others call her “Shirley Temper”, a play on Hollywood child actor Shirley Temple, claiming she is a star of staged Palestinian propaganda. At 16, Ahed Tamimi is now a famous Palestinian prisoner, arrested by Israel in December […]

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Image copyright Peta Image caption Peta says the donkey on the left has a tongue sticking out due to a neurological disorder Animal rights group Peta has launched an international campaign to try to end the mistreatment of working animals in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Peta says donkeys, horses and camels are […]

Moshe Holtzberg: Boy who survived 2008 attack returns to Mumbai

Moshe Holtzberg: Boy who survived 2008 attack returns to Mumbai

Image caption Moshe Holtzberg was two years old when his parents were killed An Israeli boy whose parents were killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has returned to the Indian city for the first time as part of a delegation. Moshe Holtzberg, 11, will be present as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu opens a memorial […]

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some victims were buried hours later in the Shia Muslim holy city of Najaf Two suicide bombers have killed at least 35 people and injured 90 in an attack on a Baghdad square where day labourers gather to look for work. They set off their devices at intervals, sending people […]

Saudi Ritz ‘gilded jail’ hotel to reopen

Saudi Ritz ‘gilded jail’ hotel to reopen

Image copyright AFP Image caption The hotel has been a luxury detention centre since early November A luxury Saudi hotel which has been a detention centre for dozens of princes and top officials held in a corruption drive since November is to reopen. The five-star Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh is taking bookings again from February, after […]

Hisham al-Omeisy: Yemen rebels release activist after five months

Hisham al-Omeisy: Yemen rebels release activist after five months

Media captionHisham al-Omeisy commented on the situation in Yemen through Twitter and, with this video, through the BBC A prominent Yemeni activist has been released by the rebel Houthi movement after five months in detention. Hisham al-Omeisy had provided regular commentary on Yemen’s civil war to his 35,000 followers on Twitter until he went missing […]

Netanyahu and Modi praise ‘new era’ in India -Israel ties

Netanyahu and Modi praise ‘new era’ in India -Israel ties

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Delhi India and Israel have hailed the “dawn of a new era” in their relations after signing key deals in defence, agriculture and aviation sectors. The deals were announced after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held […]

Jerusalem embassy: Abbas says Trump plan ‘slap of the century’

Jerusalem embassy: Abbas says Trump plan ‘slap of the century’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abbas (centre) spoke for two hours Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century”. At a meeting of Palestinian leaders, he stressed he would not accept any peace plan from the US after it recognised Jerusalem as […]

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