Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Netanyahu said the bill’s passing was a “defining moment” Israel’s parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state. The “Jewish nation state” bill downgrades Arabic as an official language and says advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest. It also […]

Israel suspends fuel deliveries to Gaza over arson attacks

Israel suspends fuel deliveries to Gaza over arson attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Food and medicine deliveries will still be permitted on a case-by-case basis Israel has tightened restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, after Palestinians carried out fresh attacks with incendiary balloons. No fuel will enter through Kerem Shalom until Sunday, but food and medicine deliveries will still […]

Egypt to regulate popular social media users

Egypt to regulate popular social media users

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists have been arrested for spreading “false news” on social media platforms like Facebook Egypt’s parliament has passed a controversial law that will allow the state to regulate social media users. Under the law, a personal social media account, blog or website with more than 5,000 followers could be considered […]

Recipe for the world’s oldest bread found

Image copyright Alexis Pantos Image caption Plant roots were ground to add to the bread Scientists have discovered the earliest known evidence of bread-making, from a 14,000-year-old dig site. The bake would have looked like a flatbread and tasted a bit like today’s multi-grain varieties, they say. Our ancestors may have used the bread as […]

US travel ban will not stop visitors – Qatar Airways boss

US travel ban will not stop visitors – Qatar Airways boss

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Akbar Al Baker says he is positive Middle Eastern people will continue to visit the US The US travel ban is not going to stop travellers from the Middle East flying to the United States, Qatar Airways’ chief executive has said. “Whatever President Trump says, people will still want to […]

Egypt military officers get immunity over 2013 crackdown

Egypt military officers get immunity over 2013 crackdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least 900 people were killed in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares on 14 August 2013 Egypt’s parliament has passed a law that could protect senior military commanders from being prosecuted over the deadly crackdown that followed the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi. The current President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, […]

Iran nuclear deal: US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption

Iran nuclear deal: US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption

Image copyright AFP Image caption European companies have invested heavily in Iran’s energy sector The US has rebuffed high-level pleas from the European Union to grant exemptions to European companies from its sanctions against Iran. In a letter to European nations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US rejected the appeal because it wants […]

Israel deals ‘hardest blow’ to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Israel deals ‘hardest blow’ to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Image copyright EPA Image caption Palestinian witnesses say a building was struck in Gaza City – Israel says it hit militant training sites Israel has carried out its biggest attack against Hamas militant targets in Gaza since the war in 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. The raids were a response to rockets fired into […]

Saudi Arabia woman ‘arrested for hugging’ singer Majid al-Mohandis

Saudi Arabia woman ‘arrested for hugging’ singer Majid al-Mohandis

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Majid al-Mohandis performing in Jeddah last year A woman in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after running on stage to hug a male singer during a concert, according to reports. Majid al-Mohandis was performing at a festival in the western city of Taif when the woman darted on to […]

Israel deals ‘hardest blow’ to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Israel deals ‘hardest blow’ to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Image copyright EPA Image caption Palestinian witnesses say a building was struck in Gaza City – Israel says it hit militant training sites Israel has carried out its biggest attack against Hamas militant targets in Gaza since the war in 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. The raids were a response to rockets fired into […]

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