Italy’s La Scala opera house to return Saudi millions

Italy’s La Scala opera house to return Saudi millions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption La Scala is the home of opera in Milan Italy’s La Scala opera house is to return more than €3 million (£2.5m; $3.4m) to Saudi Arabia after a funding plan with the kingdom triggered a public backlash. The deal would have allowed the Saudi culture minister a seat on the […]

Gaza economic protests expose cracks in Hamas’s rule

Gaza economic protests expose cracks in Hamas’s rule

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Images shared online show recent clashes between protesters and Hamas security forces In Gaza, it is no surprise to hear complaints about the terrible living conditions – after all, the World Bank describes a local economy in “free fall” with 70% unemployment among young people. However, what has been extraordinary […]

Israeli soldier and rabbi killed in West Bank attack

Israeli soldier and rabbi killed in West Bank attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption The attacker opened fire at three vehicles at Ariel Junction, hitting a civilian inside one of them Two Israelis have died after an attack by a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli officials say. The military said a man stabbed to death a soldier at an intersection […]

Israel elections: Court bans far-right candidate Ben-Ari

Israel elections: Court bans far-right candidate Ben-Ari

Image copyright EPA Image caption Michael Ben-Ari says his comments have been taken out of contest Israel’s Supreme Court has disqualified the leader of the far-right Jewish Power party, Michael Ben-Ari, from next month’s elections. In doing so, it overturned an earlier decision by the electoral committee. Mr Ben-Ari has faced criticism over his comments […]

Witnessing the Islamic State exodus

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Israel strikes militant sites in Gaza after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Israel strikes militant sites in Gaza after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hamas sources said Israeli jets and helicopters attacked dozens of sites in Gaza Israel has carried out dozens of air strikes on Palestinian militant sites in Gaza in retaliation for the firing of two rockets towards Tel Aviv. The rocket fire, which did not cause damage or injuries, was the […]

Senate votes to end US support of Saudi-led Yemen war

Senate votes to end US support of Saudi-led Yemen war

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Protesters have long called for an end of US military involvement in Yemen The US Republican-led Senate has approved a bill to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote was 54 to 46, and is a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s support of […]

IS women defiant in face of lost caliphate

IS women defiant in face of lost caliphate

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the IS women threatened to raise their children to become jihadist fighters As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria enters its final stages, the BBC’s Jewan Abdi says the mood amongst many of the jihadists’ supporters who have left the area, including many […]

Saudi Arabia puts women’s rights activists on trial

Saudi Arabia puts women’s rights activists on trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Amnesty International activists called for the release of activists at the Saudi embassy in Paris last week Ten women’s rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia in a case that has raised questions about the kingdom’s human rights record. Those who appeared included Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent figure […]

Algeria protests against Bouteflika continue despite talks

Algeria protests against Bouteflika continue despite talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protests have been held for weeks and continued in Algiers following the president’s announcement that he would stand down Hundreds of protesters have marched through the Algerian capital demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s immediate resignation. On Monday, the president postponed the 18 April presidential elections and dropped his bid for […]