Berlin police seize Lebanese clan’s property empire

Image copyright AFP Image caption The stolen “Big Maple Leaf” in 2010: One of six such Canadian coins Police have seized 77 Berlin properties owned by a Lebanese family suspected of mafia-style crimes, including the theft of a giant gold coin. Three clan members were detained over the coin heist. The Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” […]

Yemeni refugees flee to South Korean holiday island of Jeju

Hundreds of Yemeni refugees have arrived on the resort island of Jeju, off mainland South Korea. Source link

Egypt sarcophagus: Mystery black tomb opened in Alexandria

Image copyright EPA Image caption Experts wore face masks to open the sarcophagus, which released a terrible smell Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years – and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work. Could it contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander the […]

Israel approves controversial ‘Jewish nation state’ law

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Netanyahu said the bill’s passing was a “defining moment” Israel’s parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state. The “Jewish nation state” bill downgrades Arabic as an official language and says advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest. It also […]

Unlikely partners? China and Israel deepening trade ties

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met on a number of occasions to boost ties between the two countries On paper Israel and China are unlikely close trading partners. China, the world’s second-largest country, is the biggest exporter on the planet. While Israel, a […]

Yemen war: What life is like for children in the country

Ramzi is 11 and has become the man of the house after his father was killed in a Saudi airstrike. Source link

Huda Shaarawi: Egyptian feminist who started a revolution

Huda Shaarawi was an Egyptian feminist who removed her veil publicly in a rejection of the harem system which kept girls and women separate from men. Hers is the second story in a new eight-part series, African Women who Changed the World, which aims to shed light on great African women whose stories deserve to […]

Yemen war: President Hadi has ‘no regrets’ over Saudi-led strikes

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since early 2015 – and still the conflict continues. Speaking to the BBC’s Orla Guerin, exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi admitted that military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition had gone on longer that expected. But he said the alternative option was much worse. Source link

‘I survived the bombing of the King David Hotel’

On July 22 1946 an armed Jewish group opposed to British rule in Palestine attacked the hotel in Jerusalem where the British had their headquarters. Ninety-one people were killed in the bombing and dozens of others were injured. Shoshana Levy Kampos was a young Jewish woman who worked for the British as a secretary. She […]

Israel suspends fuel deliveries to Gaza over arson attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Food and medicine deliveries will still be permitted on a case-by-case basis Israel has tightened restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, after Palestinians carried out fresh attacks with incendiary balloons. No fuel will enter through Kerem Shalom until Sunday, but food and medicine deliveries will still […]

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