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Aharon Shteinman: Ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader dies in Israel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Followers of Rabbi Aharon Shteinman attended his funeral in Bnei Brak on Tuesday The death has been announced in Israel of one of the leading figures in ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman – who was widely regarded as “Gadol Hador” or “Leader of the Generation” – died in […]

EU’s Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem

Media captionThe pair greeted each other warmly but had different things to say on Jerusalem The EU’s foreign policy chief says there is “full EU unity” in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Federica Mogherini said the bloc’s member states would not recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital […]

Russia’s Putin visits Syria airbase and orders start of pullout

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim airbase, […]

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fans dressed as famous film characters at a Comic Con Arabia event in Riyadh last month Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas that has lasted more than three decades. The ministry of culture and information said it would begin issuing licences immediately and that […]

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Media captionProtests in Beirut turn ugly again Israel’s prime minister has said Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace. Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had “never been the capital of any other people”. He […]

Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Media captionSecurity forces in Lebanon use tear gas to try to disperse protesters at the US embassy There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force […]

Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Protesters have clashed with Lebanese security forces near the US embassy north of the capital, Beirut, the latest demonstration against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back flag-waving protesters. Overnight the Arab League condemned the US decision. It said […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Arab allies attack decision

Media captionJerusalem: The view from one street Arab officials say US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital risks plunging the Middle East into “violence and chaos”. The move ended US neutrality on one of the region’s most sensitive issues. Arab League foreign ministers now say it means the US cannot be relied […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Palestinian protests rage for third day

Media caption‘I didn’t fall, they shot me’ Palestinians have taken to the streets of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a third day angry at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hundreds protested, but numbers were down compared to Friday. Earlier, Israel carried out strikes on Gaza in response […]

Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 25 people were injured in the first air strikes on Gaza, Palestinian health officials said Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. Israel’s military said it hit weapons sites early on Saturday. Two people were killed, a […]