Syria conflict: Car bomb kills 11 in government-held town

Syria conflict: Car bomb kills 11 in government-held town

Image copyright AP Image caption The blast in Jableh left cars mangled and damaged shops A car bomb attack has killed at least 11 civilians in a Syrian government-held coastal town, state media report. Thirty-five others were injured by the blast in a commercial area crowded with people near the municipal stadium in Jableh, the […]

Egypt youth activist Ahmed Maher released from prison

Egypt youth activist Ahmed Maher released from prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ahmed Maher was jailed in 2013 after protesting against a law banning unauthorised gatherings The prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher, one of the leaders of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, has been released from prison. A security source told AFP news agency that Mr Maher was freed on […]

Israel police arrest two over threats to judges in Elor Azaria case

Israel police arrest two over threats to judges in Elor Azaria case

Media captionIsraeli soldier convicted over shooting Palestinian Police in Israel have arrested two people accused of inciting violence against judges who convicted a young soldier of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker. The military court’s decision to convict Sgt Elor Azaria on Wednesday has sharply divided opinion, with some threatening the judges online. […]

Israeli PM Netanyahu backs pardon for manslaughter soldier

Israeli PM Netanyahu backs pardon for manslaughter soldier

Media captionIsraeli soldier convicted over shooting Palestinian Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a pardon for a soldier convicted of manslaughter for killing a wounded Palestinian. Elor Azaria, 19 at the time, shot Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in the head while he was lying immobile on a road. A military court convicted the […]

Afrah Qaisi: Iraqi journalist freed after Baghdad kidnap

Media captionWell-wishers mob Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi A prominent Iraqi female journalist who was abducted last week has been freed. Gunmen claiming to be security personnel took Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi from her home in Baghdad. After being freed late on Tuesday, she told NRT television: “The treated me well. They just interrogated me and thank God […]

UAE outlaws keeping wild animals as pets

UAE outlaws keeping wild animals as pets

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Citizens of the UAE will be banned from keeping big cats and other wild animals as pets The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has outlawed the keeping of wild animals, like lions or tigers, as pets. For some in the oil-rich Gulf State, owning the likes of a cheetah is a […]

Syrian on trial for ‘scouting out targets for IS’ in Germany

Syrian on trial for ‘scouting out targets for IS’ in Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption The suspect hid his face as he waited for his trial to begin at a special state security court in Berlin on Wednesday A young Syrian man has gone on trial in Germany, accused of being deployed by so-called Islamic State to scope out potential targets in Berlin for attack. […]

UK-Iranian mother’s jail appeal ‘unpredictable’

UK-Iranian mother’s jail appeal ‘unpredictable’

Image copyright PA Image caption Richard Radcliffe said the outcome of his wife’s appeal against a five-year jail term in Iran was “unpredictable” The husband of a British-Iranian charity worker jailed in Iran is “terrified” about the outcome of his wife’s appeal, he has said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years for allegedly plotting […]

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria convicted over Hebron death

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria convicted over Hebron death

Image copyright AFP Image caption The high-profile trial of Sgt Elor Azaria has proven extremely divisive in Israel An Israeli soldier filmed shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker after he had been disarmed of a knife has been convicted of manslaughter. Sgt Elor Azaria, 20, shot Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in the head while he […]

Israel soldier Elor Azaria faces verdict over Hebron death

Israel soldier Elor Azaria faces verdict over Hebron death

Image copyright AFP Image caption Case involving soldier (right) has divided opinion in Israel An Israeli military court is due to give its verdict in the case of a soldier charged with manslaughter for killing of a wounded Palestinian who had stabbed another soldier. Sgt Elor Azaria, now 20, shot Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in […]