Egypt soldiers killed in attack on Sinai checkpoint

Egypt soldiers killed in attack on Sinai checkpoint

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of security personnel stationed in the Sinai peninsula have been killed by militants At least 23 Egyptian soldiers have been killed and 26 wounded in an attack by jihadist militants in the northern Sinai peninsula, security sources say. A suicide car bomber reportedly targeted a checkpoint outside Rafah, a […]

Unesco declares Hebron’s Old City Palestinian World Heritage site

Unesco declares Hebron’s Old City Palestinian World Heritage site

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Tomb of the Patriarchs is the second holiest site in Judaism and the fourth in Islam Unesco has designated Hebron’s Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the occupied West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site despite Israeli protests. A resolution passed by a committee of the […]

Qatar crisis: Saudi-led bloc vows new measures

Qatar crisis: Saudi-led bloc vows new measures

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June The four Arab states leading a boycott against Qatar have condemned its rejection of their demands and warned of unspecified new measures against it. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates said […]

US craft shop smuggled Biblical artefacts

US craft shop smuggled Biblical artefacts

Image copyright Dept of Justice Image caption The retailer spent about $1.6m on ancient artefacts for its Bible museum A major US arts and crafts company has forfeited thousands of smuggled ancient artefacts from Iraq it had bought for a Bible museum. Christian-owned firm Hobby Lobby has agreed to hand over the smuggled items and […]

Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says

Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The four foreign ministers held talks in Cairo Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar’s “negative” response to their list of demands. Saudi […]

US laptop ban lifted on Emirates and Turkish Airlines

US laptop ban lifted on Emirates and Turkish Airlines

Image copyright Getty Images Emirates and Turkish Airlines have said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on their flights to the US. In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations, fearing bombs may be concealed in them. Emirates, which flies to the US […]

India and Israel pledge to combat terrorism

India and Israel pledge to combat terrorism

Image copyright Reuters Image caption India is now Israel’s biggest arms market India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have signed agreements, including on agriculture and space. The two leaders, who made a joint statement in Jerusalem, also referred to the “suffering” of both countries from terror. Mr Modi said they […]

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia and allies to meet in Cairo

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia and allies to meet in Cairo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Qatar’s foreign minister said the demands were about “shutting down the freedom of speech” Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are to discuss the Qatar crisis, a month after they severed ties with the Gulf state. The meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo comes on the day […]

Laptop ban lifted on Emirates flights

Laptop ban lifted on Emirates flights

Image copyright AFP The Emirates airline has said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States. In March, the US banned cabin laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations, fearing bombs may be concealed in them. An Emirates spokeswoman said it had […]

Bahrain ‘arrests’ activist who claimed she was tortured

Bahrain ‘arrests’ activist who claimed she was tortured

Image copyright SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights Image caption Amnesty International said Ebtisam al-Saegh had merely spoken up against the government A Bahraini human rights activist has reportedly been arrested, a month after she complained of being beaten and sexually assaulted by security forces. Amnesty International said Ebtisam al-Saegh was detained on Monday night […]