Syrians buried in first NZ mosque funeral

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The burials have been delayed because of the identification process A father and son from Syria have been buried in New Zealand, the first funerals for the 50 victims of last week’s mosque shootings. Khaled Mustafa, 44, and Hamza, 16, came as refugees to New Zealand last year. Islamic tradition […]

Israel elections: ‘Fascism’ perfume ad sparks online debate

Israel elections: ‘Fascism’ perfume ad sparks online debate

Image caption Party ads posted on social media have been vying for voters’ attention during the campaign A new campaign advertisement in Israel featuring the right-wing justice minister has made waves ahead of the parliamentary election due on 9 April. In the video, which is portrayed as a commercial, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is seen […]

US-backed Syrian fighters ‘overrun IS encampment’

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS militants continue to put up fierce resistance US-backed Syrian fighters are reported to have overrun an encampment that made up most of the last patch of territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance said militants refusing to surrender and their families had […]

Italy’s La Scala opera house to return Saudi millions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption La Scala is the home of opera in Milan Italy’s La Scala opera house is to return more than €3 million (£2.5m; $3.4m) to Saudi Arabia after a funding plan with the kingdom triggered a public backlash. The deal would have allowed the Saudi culture minister a seat on the […]

Gaza economic protests expose cracks in Hamas’s rule

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Images shared online show recent clashes between protesters and Hamas security forces In Gaza, it is no surprise to hear complaints about the terrible living conditions – after all, the World Bank describes a local economy in “free fall” with 70% unemployment among young people. However, what has been extraordinary […]

Israeli soldier and rabbi killed in West Bank attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption The attacker opened fire at three vehicles at Ariel Junction, hitting a civilian inside one of them Two Israelis have died after an attack by a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli officials say. The military said a man stabbed to death a soldier at an intersection […]

Israel elections: Court bans far-right candidate Ben-Ari

Image copyright EPA Image caption Michael Ben-Ari says his comments have been taken out of contest Israel’s Supreme Court has disqualified the leader of the far-right Jewish Power party, Michael Ben-Ari, from next month’s elections. In doing so, it overturned an earlier decision by the electoral committee. Mr Ben-Ari has faced criticism over his comments […]

Witnessing the Islamic State exodus

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Israel strikes militant sites in Gaza after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hamas sources said Israeli jets and helicopters attacked dozens of sites in Gaza Israel has carried out dozens of air strikes on Palestinian militant sites in Gaza in retaliation for the firing of two rockets towards Tel Aviv. The rocket fire, which did not cause damage or injuries, was the […]

Senate votes to end US support of Saudi-led Yemen war

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Protesters have long called for an end of US military involvement in Yemen The US Republican-led Senate has approved a bill to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote was 54 to 46, and is a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s support of […]