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Israel removes Jerusalem flashpoint security apparatus

Israel removes Jerusalem flashpoint security apparatus

Media captionPalestinians cheered as scaffolding was removed Muslim leaders have lifted a boycott of a key holy site in East Jerusalem after Israel removed the last of security measures which had led to uproar. They urged Palestinians to re-enter the compound on Thursday for the first time since the crisis erupted two weeks ago. The […]

EU top court keeps Hamas on terror blacklist

EU top court keeps Hamas on terror blacklist

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas took over Gaza in 2007 and has since been involved in three conflicts with Israel The European Union’s top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should remain on the 28-member bloc’s terrorism blacklist. The Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned a General Court ruling, which had said […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Israeli embassy in Amman: Two die after ‘screwdriver attack’

Israeli embassy in Amman: Two die after ‘screwdriver attack’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security forces have closed roads in the area Two Jordanians have been killed and an Israeli wounded in an incident at Israel’s embassy in Amman. Israel’s foreign ministry said two workers had arrived to replace some furniture when one of them attacked a security guard with a screwdriver. One of […]

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