Palestinian-Israeli contact to stay frozen, says Abbas

Palestinian-Israeli contact to stay frozen, says Abbas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muslim worshippers are being asked to continue their boycott of the site in East Jerusalem Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he will maintain a freeze on contact with Israel, despite the removal of metal detectors at a sensitive religious site in East Jerusalem. The installation led to deadly clashes and […]

US Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Gulf

US Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Gulf

Image copyright EPA/US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Image caption The USS Thunderbolt pictured in the Gulf A US Navy ship has fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel in the Gulf, US officials say. It happened at around 03:00 local time (00:00 GMT), as the Iranian ship began to approach the USS Thunderbolt. A […]

Iran TV host faces ‘hypocrisy’ backlash

Iran TV host faces ‘hypocrisy’ backlash

Image copyright Unknown Iranian state television presenter Azadeh Namdari has faced accusations of hypocrisy on social media after a video emerged showing her drinking beer and not wearing her hijab while on holiday in Switzerland. Alcoholic drinks are banned in Islam and in Iran, where it is the law for women to wear the headscarf. […]

Libya crisis: Rival governments commit to ceasefire

Libya crisis: Rival governments commit to ceasefire

Media captionPrime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and rival commander Khalifa Haftar in a rare handshake Libya’s opposing governments have committed to a conditional ceasefire following talks in France. UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar, the rival military commander who controls the east, met in Paris on Tuesday. They are aiming to end the conflict […]

Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site

Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The metal detectors were removed after a late-night cabinet meeting Israel has removed metal detectors from outside a holy site in East Jerusalem after uproar from Palestinians over their recent introduction. It said it plans to replace them with less obtrusive surveillance. However Muslim leaders have called on worshippers to […]

Israeli embassy staff home after Amman standoff

Israeli embassy staff home after Amman standoff

Image copyright EPA Image caption Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken to the security guard involved Israeli embassy staff in Jordan have returned to Israel after a deadly incident at the complex on Sunday. A statement from Israel’s government said among those to return is a security officer, who had shot dead a Jordanian […]

Israel removes Jerusalem metal detectors after cabinet vote

Israel removes Jerusalem metal detectors after cabinet vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Israeli security forces started removing the metal detectors overnight Israel is removing metal detectors from a holy site in Jerusalem and will use less obtrusive surveillance instead. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet voted for the move early on Tuesday. Tensions rose after two Israeli policemen were killed on 14 […]

Israeli embassy staff home after Amman assault

Israeli embassy staff home after Amman assault

Image copyright EPA Image caption Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken to the security guard involved The staff of the Israeli embassy in Jordan have returned to Israel after an assault at the complex on Sunday. A statement from Israel’s government said among those to return is a security officer, who had shot dead […]

Syria war: Russia sends police to southern ‘safe zones’

Syria war: Russia sends police to southern ‘safe zones’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eastern Ghouta has been a rebel stronghold for most of the war Russia says it has deployed forces to monitor so-called de-escalation zones in southern Syria. The defence ministry said military police had been sent to Eastern Ghouta on the edge of the capital Damascus, and to an area in […]

Israel and Jordan in diplomatic standoff after embassy deaths

Israel and Jordan in diplomatic standoff after embassy deaths

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security forces have closed roads in the area Israel and Jordan are involved in a diplomatic standoff after an Israeli guard reportedly shot dead a Jordanian attacker near the embassy in Amman. Jordanian police want to question the guard and have sealed off the area, but Israel says he has […]