Joanna Demafelis: Employers of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Joanna Demafelis: Employers of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Demafelis’s sister cried over her casket upon its arrival in Manila last week The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait have been arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus after a manhunt lasting several weeks. Joanna Demafelis, 29, was found frozen in her employers’ […]

US to open new embassy in Jerusalem in May

US to open new embassy in Jerusalem in May

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Israeli and US flags fly high over Jerusalem in December 2017 The US Department of State has said that a new American embassy in Jerusalem will open in May. The opening of the mission will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary, the statement said. The announcement brings forward the […]

Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment

Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Other measures, like allowing cinemas to be opened, have already been announced Saudi Arabia says it will invest $64bn (£46bn) in developing its entertainment industry over the next decade. The head of the General Entertainment Authority said 5,000 events were planned this year alone, including those by Maroon 5 and […]

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Media caption“At least in heaven there’s food”: The children caught up in Eastern Ghouta air strikes The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria as a rebel-held area has been bombarded for a sixth day. Russia wanted changes to a draft that calls for a 30-day calm to […]

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

Media captionMr Araqchi said Iran was working to reduce tension in the Syrian rebel-held area of the Eastern Ghouta Iran’s deputy foreign minister says the situation in its ally Syria is “very complicated” amid growing concern a wider regional war could erupt. “Fear of war is everywhere in our region,” Abbas Araqchi told the BBC. […]

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

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: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities,” Antonio Guterres told the […]

Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

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 […]

Stanley Majors: Life sentence for Oklahoma man who murdered neighbour

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

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 […]

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