Ancient Egyptian mummification ‘recipe’ revealed

Ancient Egyptian mummification ‘recipe’ revealed

Image copyright Dr Stephen Buckley/ University of York Examination of a mummy has revealed the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe – first used to preserve bodies. A battery of forensic chemical tests carried out on a mummy that dated from 3,700-3,500 BC revealed the recipe and confirmed that it was developed far earlier and used […]

Libyan court sentences 45 to death over 2011 killings

Libyan court sentences 45 to death over 2011 killings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Libyan rebels, backed by Nato, took Tripoli from regime forces at the end of August 2011 A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the justice ministry says. They are accused of opening fire on dozens as […]

Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm

Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kerem Shalom is the main lifeline for the two million people living in Gaza Israel has fully reopened its cargo crossing with Gaza, saying it is in response to a period of relative calm. Lorries carrying fuel and commercial goods passed through Kerem Shalom on Wednesday after weeks of restrictions. […]

Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of sacks of mail have finally reached the West Bank Packages, letters and even a wheelchair intended for Palestinians have arrived in the occupied West Bank after Israel released years of undelivered mail. The post, which includes internet orders that never arrived, had been held in Jordan since 2010 […]

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

Image copyright Amaq/Twitter Image caption IS has defeated militarily in Iraq and most of Syria Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Syria and Iraq despite the group’s recent losses, according to a United Nations report. The report says that while many fighters, planners and commanders have been killed, some IS members […]

Israeli PM and UK Labour leader clash

Israeli PM and UK Labour leader clash

Media captionCorbyn asked about Tunisia wreath-laying criticism Israel’s PM has criticised Jeremy Corbyn over his presence at a ceremony said to have honoured the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich terror attack. Benjamin Netanyahu said Mr Corbyn deserved “unequivocal condemnation” for laying a wreath on the grave of one of those behind the atrocity. Mr Corbyn […]

Fans to return to Egypt league games

Fans to return to Egypt league games

Egyptian football fans are to be allowed into league matches for the first time since 2012 Egypt’s sports minister has announced that fans will be allowed back to watch league matches on a regular basis for the first time since 2012. Supporters were banned from attending matches in February 2012 after at least 74 Al […]

Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack

Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack

Image copyright AFP Thousands of people have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus last week. The mass burial took place in Saada, a northern stronghold of Houthi rebels. Crowds chanted in protest at Saudi Arabia, which backs the Yemeni government’s fight against […]

Israeli PM criticises UK Labour leader

Israeli PM criticises UK Labour leader

Media captionCorbyn asked about Tunisia wreath-laying criticism Israel’s PM has criticised Jeremy Corbyn over his presence at a ceremony said to have honoured the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich terror attack. Benjamin Netanyahu said Mr Corbyn deserved “unequivocal condemnation” for laying a wreath on the grave of one of those behind the atrocity. The Labour […]

Elon Musk says Saudis back Tesla buyout

Elon Musk says Saudis back Tesla buyout

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk has outlined his plan to take Tesla private and said he discussed financing the deal with Saudi Arabia. The founder of the electric carmaker also indicated that he would need to raise far less than the $70bn it has been estimated he would need. In a blog post, Mr […]