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Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Schlomo Filber (L) reportedly alleges the PM pressed him to help the Bezeq telecoms giant A close aide to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in one of several corruption cases, Israeli media report. Schlomo Filber is said to have turned state’s witness in what […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is “catastrophic” – and he believes the international community has abandoned the people living there. “We don’t have anything – no food, no medicine, no shelter,” Dr Bassam said. Activists […]

Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nabeel Rajab – photographed here in 2011 – has been in and out of prison for seven years Bahrain has sentenced a well-known rights activist to five years in prison over his social media posts. Nabeel Rajab – a key figure in 2011’s pro-democracy protests – was convicted over posts […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is “catastrophic” – and he believes the international community has abandoned the people living there. “We don’t have anything – no food, no medicine, no shelter,” Dr Bassam told the BBC. […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘beyond imagination’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ The situation in the rebel-held enclave of the Eastern Ghouta in Syria is “beyond imagination”, the UN says Country co-ordinator Panos Moumtzis was speaking to the BBC after days of bombing near the capital Damascus which have killed at least 250 people. The Syrian military says […]

Syria war: ‘250 killed’ in Eastern Ghouta bombardment

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ The death toll from two days of bombing by Syria’s government of a rebel-held area has risen to 250, reports say. It is the worst violence in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus since 2013, according to activists. More than 50 children are among the dead, […]

Stanley Majors: Life sentence for Oklahoma man who murdered neighbour

Image copyright Tulsa Police Department Image caption Stanley Vernon Majors, 61, also hit Mr Jabara’s mother with his car A man who was convicted of killing his neighbour after months of harassing his Arab-American family has been sentenced to life in prison for the hate crime. Stanley Majors was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge […]

Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mahmoud Abbas said the situation for Palestinians was no longer bearable Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international peace conference to tackle the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In a rare address to the UN Security Council, he said the situation was “no longer bearable” for Palestinians. Israel’s ambassador however […]

Iran plane crash wreckage found on mountainside

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreckage of the Aseman Airlines plane was found on a snowy mountainside Search teams in Iran have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed on Sunday. The Aseman Airlines flight came down in the Zagros mountains in the west of the country and all 66 people on […]

Syria war: Pro-government forces enter Kurdish-held Afrin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkey launched a cross-border operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria last month Syrian pro-government forces have entered the Kurdish-held border enclave of Afrin, reports say, raising the risk of clashes with Turkey. It comes a day after Syria’s state news agency said “Popular Forces” would be sent there to […]