Egypt’s parliament backs constitutional changes to extend Sisi’s term

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, seen here in a street poster, was re-elected last year after winning 97% of the vote Egypt’s parliament has approved constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030. Mr Sisi is due to stand down in 2022, when his second […]

Bahrain revokes citizenship of 138 people after mass trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran has repeatedly denied that it has fomented unrest in Bahrain A court in Bahrain has sentenced 139 people to prison, and revoked the citizenship of all but one, after convicting them of terrorism charges. Sixty-nine defendants were given life sentences, while the others got terms of between three and […]

Red Cross makes appeal for staff abducted in Syria

Image copyright Red Cross Image caption Nabil Bakdounes was abducted in 2013 The Red Cross is seeking information about three staff members abducted in Syria five-and-a-half years ago. In its first detailed statement on the incident, it says Louisa Akavi, Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes were seized in October 2013 while travelling to Idlib province […]

Algeria protests: Youth lead the movement for change

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Le Grande Poste in Algiers has become the focal point for protests Towering over the struggle for the future of Algeria is a symbol of its past. Protesters gather in the shadow of the ornate Grande Poste, or post office – a French colonial landmark in central Algiers. Some say […]

Beresheet spacecraft: ‘Technical glitch’ led to Moon crash

Image copyright SpaceIL Image caption Pictures of the moon taken by Beresheet as it made its descent Preliminary data from the Beresheet spacecraft suggests a technical glitch in one of its components caused the lander to crash on the Moon. The malfunction triggered a chain of events that eventually caused its main engine to switch […]

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes on Moon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the last photos taken by Beresheet of the moon’s surface before it crashed The first privately funded mission to the Moon has crashed on the lunar surface after the apparent failure of its main engine. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – attempted a soft touch down, but […]

Woman arrested for horse jibe back in UK

Image copyright Detained in Dubai Image caption Laleh Shahravesh was arrested in Dubai when she arrived with her teenage daughter Paris for her ex-husband’s funeral A British woman who faced prison in Dubai over a jibe she posted on Facebook has embraced her daughter after landing back in the UK. Laleh Shahravesh, 55, had faced […]

Laleh Shahravesh released after Facebook horse insult

Image copyright Detained in Dubai Image caption Laleh Shahravesh was arrested in Dubai when she arrived with her teenage daughter Paris for her ex-husband’s funeral A British woman who faced prison in Dubai for calling her ex-husband’s new wife a “horse” on Facebook has been released, the campaign group which represents her has said. Laleh […]

Israeli mission to attempt Moon landing

Image copyright Beresheet Image caption The Beresheet spacecraft captured this image while it was in orbit around the Moon The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – will try for a soft touch down, before taking pictures and conducting […]

Laleh Shahravesh ‘to be freed’ after Facebook horse insult

Image copyright Detained in Dubai Image caption Laleh Shahravesh was arrested in Dubai when she arrived with her teenage daughter Paris for her ex-husband’s funeral A British woman who faced prison in Dubai for calling her ex-husband’s new wife a “horse” on Facebook is to be released, the campaign group which represents her has said. […]