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Israeli Arab student’s body flown home

Image copyright Aya Maasarwe / Instagram Image caption Aya Maasarwe had been studying at Melbourne’s La Trobe University The family of an Israeli Arab student whose murder has shocked Australia have left the nation with her body, hours after her father gave a moving tribute. Aya Maasarwe, 21, died in Melbourne last week. Police have […]

Syria war: Israeli jets target Iranian positions around Damascus

Media captionAn onlooker captures explosions in the night sky over Damascus. Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces say the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Syrian air defences. The Syrian military says it shot down most […]

Egypt TV host Mohamed al-Ghiety jailed for interviewing gay man

Image copyright LTC TV Image caption TV host Mohamed al-Gheity has himself expressed views against homosexuality in the past An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year. A court in Giza also fined Mohamed al-Ghiety 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($167; £130) for “promoting homosexuality” […]

Israel hits Iranian and Syrian targets around Damascus – military

Media captionAn onlooker captures explosions in the night sky over Damascus. Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces says the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Syrian air defences. The Syrian military says it shot down most […]

Israel’s PM Netanyahu signs deals with Chad’s President Deby

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chad President Idriss Deby (right) welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Chad and Israel have renewed diplomatic ties in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as “a partnership… to forge a prosperous and secure future for our countries”. His comments came during a brief visit to Chad where […]

‘IS Beatles’: Mother loses high court challenge over evidence

Media captionInterview with so-called ‘IS Beatles’ duo The mother of one of four suspected Islamic State fighters has lost a legal challenge against the UK’s sharing of evidence with the US without seeking assurances he would not be executed. El Shafee Elsheikh is accused of belonging to an IS cell which is thought to have […]

Israel’s PM Netanyahu signs deals with Chad’s President Deby

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chad President Idriss Deby (right) welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Chad and Israel have renewed diplomatic ties in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as “a partnership… to forge a prosperous and secure future for our countries”. His comments came during a brief visit to Chad where […]

‘IS Beatles’: Mother loses high court challenge over evidence

Media captionInterview with so-called ‘IS Beatles’ duo The mother of one of four suspected Islamic State fighters has lost a legal challenge against the UK’s sharing of evidence with the US without seeking assurances he would not be executed. El Shafee Elsheikh is accused of belonging to an IS cell which is thought to have […]

Tony Mendez, the real CIA spy behind Argo dies aged 78

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tony Mendez was a specialist in disguises and forgeries at the CIA A former CIA agent who inspired the Oscar-winning film Argo has died aged 78. The literary agent for Tony Mendez said in a tweet that he passed away on Saturday and had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. At […]

The Arab country turning to ‘female Viagra’

Image caption Flibanserin is produced in Egypt by a local pharmaceutical company As Egypt becomes the first Arab country to authorise the production and sale of a drug meant to boost the female libido, the BBC’s Sally Nabil explores whether there’s a market for it in such a socially conservative country. “I felt drowsy and […]

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