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Pope Francis’s Christmas message calls for an end to Syrian war

Media captionPope Francis said “far too much blood has been spilled” in Syria Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting in Syria in his Christmas address at the Vatican on Sunday, saying “far too much blood has been spilled” in the conflict. He also urged Palestinians and Israelis to abandon hate and revenge. […]

Israel censures 10 ambassadors after UN settlements vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israel has angrily summoned ambassadors from countries which voted for a UN resolution against settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The reprimands came after Israel vowed to take retaliatory steps for what it called a “shameful” act by the UN. The […]

Berlin market attack: Tunisia arrests suspect Amri’s nephew

Berlin market attack: Tunisia arrests suspect Amri’s nephew

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS released a video on Friday showing Amri pledging allegiance Tunisian security forces have arrested the nephew of the Berlin market attacker Anis Amri and two other suspects, officials say. The Tunisian interior ministry said the three, aged between 18 and 27, were members of a “terrorist cell”, and that […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu orders UN ties review

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations. The move comes after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land. The resolution was passed after the US refused […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu rejects ‘shameful’ UN vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution was a […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu rejects ‘shameful’ UN vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution was a […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu snubs ‘shameful’ UN vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution was a […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu snubs ‘shameful’ UN vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution […]

Libya hijack: Stand-off at Malta International Airport

Libya hijack: Stand-off at Malta International Airport

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Afriqiyah Airways plane was surrounded by Maltese troops on the runway A stand-off is under way at Malta International Airport where a Libyan jet carrying 118 people landed after being hijacked on a domestic route. The Airbus A320 was flying inside Libya for Afriqiyah Airways when it was diverted. […]

Egypt delays UN motion on Israel as Trump intervenes

Egypt delays UN motion on Israel as Trump intervenes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump’s strong support for Israel is reciprocated, as this placard in Tel Aviv showed in November Egypt has delayed a UN vote on a text condemning Israeli settlements in occupied territory after Israel asked Donald Trump to intervene. Israel contacted the US president-elect’s transition team after learning that […]