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Israeli mission to attempt Moon landing

Image copyright Beresheet Image caption The Beresheet spacecraft captured this image while it was in orbit around the Moon The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – will try for a soft touch down, before taking pictures and conducting […]

Laleh Shahravesh ‘to be freed’ after Facebook horse insult

Image copyright Detained in Dubai Image caption Laleh Shahravesh was arrested in Dubai when she arrived with her teenage daughter Paris for her ex-husband’s funeral A British woman who faced prison in Dubai for calling her ex-husband’s new wife a “horse” on Facebook is to be released, the campaign group which represents her has said. […]

Israel election: Netanyahu set for record fifth term

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping to become Israel’s longest-serving PM PM Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to secure a record fifth term after almost complete results from Israel’s election suggest a new right-wing coalition. His Likud party is expected to finish with a similar number of seats as ex-military chief […]

Israeli election: Netanyahu and Gantz both claim victory

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Benny Gantz (L) is seeking to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu (R) winning a fifth term in office Exit polls in Israel suggest there will be no clear winner in the closely fought general election. The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz was projected to win 36 […]

Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

Media captionGen Haftar’s forces prepare for Tripoli battle The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Monday. Flights at Mitiga International Airport were suspended and passengers were evacuated. No casualties were reported. The UN blamed the air strike on forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, […]

Iran floods: Fresh evacuations with more rain forecast

Media captionThousands of homes destroyed as Iran braces for more floods Flood-hit Iran is evacuating more towns and villages, with further rain expected on Saturday. Three weeks of heavy rainfall have left much of the country submerged and cost at least 70 lives. More downpours are forecast for the south-west, with 400,000 people at risk. […]

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests seven including US citizens’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The latest arrests follow criticism from human rights groups Saudi Arabia has detained at least seven people, including two dual US-Saudi citizens and a pregnant woman, a London-based rights group says. Those arrested are not said to be frontline activists, but writers and bloggers who have discussed reform. They had […]

Algeria protesters demand end to regime after Bouteflika’s fall

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters have taken to the streets for the seventh successive Friday Thousands have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital demanding a complete overhaul of the country’s political structure. This is the seventh successive week of Friday protests and Tuesday’s resignation of long-serving President Abdelaziz Bouteflika does not appear […]

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests seven including US citizens’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The latest arrests follow criticism from human rights groups Saudi Arabia has detained at least seven people, including two dual US-Saudi citizens and a pregnant woman, a London-based rights group says. Those arrested are not said to be frontline activists, but writers and bloggers who have discussed reform. They had […]

Algeria protesters demand end to regime after Bouteflika’s fall

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters have taken to the streets for the seventh successive Friday Thousands have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital demanding a complete overhaul of the country’s political structure. This is the seventh successive week of Friday protests and Tuesday’s resignation of long-serving President Abdelaziz Bouteflika does not appear […]