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Egypt internet: Sisi ratifies law tightening control over websites

Egypt internet: Sisi ratifies law tightening control over websites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Sisi’s supporters say he has brought stability while critics say he has stifled democracy Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet. The legislation on “cybercrime” means websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to […]

Nabeel Rajab: UN experts call for release of Bahraini activist

Nabeel Rajab: UN experts call for release of Bahraini activist

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nabeel Rajab has been in detention since 2016 A UN panel has called for the release of a leading Bahraini human rights activist jailed for “spreading fake news” and “insulting a statutory body”. Nabeel Rajab’s convictions were unlawful and violated his freedom of expression, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention […]

US arrests Iraqi refugee wanted over IS killing

US arrests Iraqi refugee wanted over IS killing

Image copyright US Department of Justice Image caption FBI witnesses identified Omar Ameen as a man who took part in the raid in Rawah An Iraqi refugee has been arrested in the US on suspicion of murdering an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). Omar Ameen, 45, appeared before a […]

Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm

Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kerem Shalom is the main lifeline for the two million people living in Gaza Israel has fully reopened its cargo crossing with Gaza, saying it is in response to a period of relative calm. Lorries carrying fuel and commercial goods passed through Kerem Shalom on Wednesday after weeks of restrictions. […]

Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of sacks of mail have finally reached the West Bank Packages, letters and even a wheelchair intended for Palestinians have arrived in the occupied West Bank after Israel released years of undelivered mail. The post, which includes internet orders that never arrived, had been held in Jordan since 2010 […]

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

Image copyright Amaq/Twitter Image caption IS has defeated militarily in Iraq and most of Syria Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Syria and Iraq despite the group’s recent losses, according to a United Nations report. The report says that while many fighters, planners and commanders have been killed, some IS members […]

Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack

Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack

Image copyright AFP Thousands of people have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus last week. The mass burial took place in Saada, a northern stronghold of Houthi rebels. Crowds chanted in protest at Saudi Arabia, which backs the Yemeni government’s fight against […]

Israeli PM and UK Labour leader clash

Israeli PM and UK Labour leader clash

Media captionCorbyn asked about Tunisia wreath-laying criticism Israel’s PM has criticised Jeremy Corbyn over his presence at a ceremony said to have honoured the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich terror attack. Benjamin Netanyahu said Mr Corbyn deserved “unequivocal condemnation” for laying a wreath on the grave of one of those behind the atrocity. Mr Corbyn […]

Syria war: Arms depot blast in Idlib province kills 67

Syria war: Arms depot blast in Idlib province kills 67

Media captionRescue workers pulled children from the rubble At least 67 people were killed and 33 injured by an explosion at an arms depot in rebel-held northern Syria on Sunday, rescuers and activists say. The blast in the village of Sarmada, in Idlib province, caused the collapse of two five-storey buildings. More than 50 of […]

Arms depot blast in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Arms depot blast in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Media captionRescue workers pulled children from the rubble At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. […]

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