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Al-Aqsa mosque: Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes

At least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers have been hurt in clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police say. Most were injured at the Al-Aqsa mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles. Tensions have been rising over the potential eviction of Palestini..

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian teenager dead in West Bank

Issued on: 06/05/2021 - 02:31 The Israeli army shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said. Read more on Open Magazine. Sixteen-year-old Said Youssef Muhammad Oudeh “succumbed to his grave wounds caused by live bullets” fired by Israeli troops in the northern Odla area near Nablus, the min..

Israel: Netanyahu rival Lapid asked to form new government

EPAIsrael's president has asked the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, to try to form a government. Reuven Rivlin announced that he had given Mr Lapid the mandate after long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to meet an overnight deadline. Yesh Atid came second to Mr Netanyahu's right-ring Likud party in March&..

Syria’s Rifaat al-Assad: From ‘butcher of Hama’ to real estate tycoon

The appeals process for the trial of Rifaat al-Assad goes ahead in Paris on Thursday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle was initially convicted of money laundering as part of an organised gang, embezzlement of public funds and aggravated tax evasion. FRANCE 24 looks back at the long career of this Assad dynasty scion who amassed a colossal E..

Baghdad’s crumbling heritage: Buildings in Iraqi capital under threat

Issued on: 05/05/2021 - 18:01Modified: 05/05/2021 - 18:08 After decades of conflict, terrorism and government mismanagement, Baghdad's monumental buildings are increasingly dilapidated and under threat. Many fear that without laws and protection, they could gradually perish, taking much of Iraq's cultural heritage with them. Our correspo..

Matthew Hedges: UK academic files claim over UAE ‘torture’

EPA/DANIELA TEJADAA British academic accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched legal action against senior security officials claiming he was tortured while imprisoned. Matthew Hedges was detained in Abu Dhabi for six months in 2018 after being accused of working for MI6. The Durham University PhD student claims he was kept i..

Yemen flash flooding causes large-scale damage

AFPTorrential rains and flash flooding in Yemen have left several people dead and caused large-scale damage to homes and infrastructure, the UN says. Thousands of families have been affected by the flooding, which started in mid-April and has worsened as rainfall intensified in recent days. On Sunday, four people were reportedly killed in Tarim, in..

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran treatment ‘amounts to torture’, says Dominic Raab

Family handoutForeign Secretary Dominic Raab has said Iran's treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe "amounts to torture" - the strongest language the UK government has used to date. In a BBC interview, Mr Raab said Tehran was using her in "a cat-and-mouse game" for diplomatic leverage, after she was sentenced to prison again. He also said he b..

Israel crush: Day of mourning after dozens killed at Jewish festival

A national day of mourning is being held in Israel after a crush at a Jewish festival early on Friday that killed 45 men and boys. Some 150 people were injured at the Lag B'Omer festival, near Mount Meron in northern Israel, when they became trapped in an overcrowded passageway. Up to 100,000 mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews were present at the gat..

Syria: Searching for Idlib’s lost ones

Issued on: 01/05/2021 - 16:13 When the Syrian uprising began in 2011, few would have guessed that it would become one of the bloodiest conflicts of our time. Ten years on, our reporters returned to the northeastern city of Idlib. It's the only Syrian city not yet under government control, but where thousands of families are anxiously awaiting..

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