Israel passes controversial law on West Bank settlements

Israel passes controversial law on West Bank settlements

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israeli settlements have drawn widespread international condemnation Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law retroactively legalising about 4,000 homes built on settlements in the occupied West Bank. The law passed by 60 votes to 52. It states that the original Palestinian landowners will be compensated with money or alternative […]

Syria conflict: Army cuts IS supply route into al-Bab

Syria conflict: Army cuts IS supply route into al-Bab

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Civilians have been fleeing the fighting around al-Bab, the last IS stronghold in Aleppo province Syrian government forces have advanced towards so-called Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Aleppo province, cutting off the main supply route into al-Bab, a monitoring group reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops […]

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran threat with Theresa May

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran threat with Theresa May

Image copyright PA Theresa May has hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in Downing Street. Mrs May restated concerns over settlement building in the West Bank, while Mr Netanyahu warned that Iran posed a threat to Europe, after it test-fired a ballistic missile. The UK prime minister failed to greet her Israeli counterpart […]

Do ‘longest flight’ records matter?

Do ‘longest flight’ records matter?

Image copyright Qatar Airways Image caption Qatar’s Boeing 777-200LR is welcomed with a water cannon shower on Monday in Auckland Qatar Airways has launched what it says is the longest current non-stop commercial route, after completing a journey from Doha to Auckland. Flight QR920 landed on Monday after 16 hours and 23 minutes, slightly quicker […]

Iran is world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, US says

Media captionIran shows off air defences US Defence Secretary James Mattis has called Iran the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism”, amid rising tensions between the two nations. His comments come a day after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Iran in response to a ballistic missile test. But Mr Mattis said he did […]

Netanyahu holds talks with UK PM May

Netanyahu holds talks with UK PM May

Image copyright PA Theresa May is hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in Downing Street. Discussions are expected to cover increasing trading relations between the UK and Israel after Brexit. Mrs May is also expected to restate concerns over settlement building in the West Bank, with Mr Netanyahu urging a “common front” against […]

New Israel settlements ‘may not be helpful’ to peace, says US

New Israel settlements ‘may not be helpful’ to peace, says US

Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel has announced thousands of new settlement homes are to be built Building new Israeli settlements “may not be helpful” to achieving peace with Palestinians, the White House has said. The statement contrasted with earlier signals from President Trump that he did not object to settlement activity. But it said […]

Syria conflict: Raqqa water supply restored after air strike

Syria conflict: Raqqa water supply restored after air strike

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syria Democratic Forces fighters patrol in northern rural area of Raqqa The water supply to the Syrian city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) group, has been reconnected after US airstrikes caused a temporary cut. The main pipeline was damaged when a bridge was hit, according to […]

Yemen al-Qaeda: US says raid was ‘very thought-out process’

Media captionWhite House spokesman Sean Spicer defends Yemen raid. The White House has said a raid in Yemen on an al-Qaeda stronghold that is thought to have killed civilians was a “very thought-out process”. As many as 23 civilians were killed in the raid on a village in Yakla district on Saturday, including 10 children, […]

Fiji deports Iranian refugee

Fiji deports Iranian refugee

Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Loghman Sawari was detained and deported to PNG by Fijian officials Fiji has deported an Iranian refugee back to Papua New Guinea, where he spent years detained under Australia’s controversial immigration policies. Loghman Sawari used fake documents to fly to Fiji to seek asylum, saying he did not feel safe […]