Ahed Tamimi: Was Palestinian teenager’s ‘slap’ terrorism?

Teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, are due to go on trial, charged with security offences. They were arrested after a video Nariman Tamimi filmed of her daughter slapping an Israeli soldier went viral. Why is their village, Nabi Saleh, a ‘microcosm of the conflict’? The BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen […]

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Afghanistan veteran: ‘UK troop withdrawal was political move’

It’s been three and a half years since British combat troops left Afghanistan after fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban for 13 years. When they left they handed over responsibility for security to the Afghan army, with some British troops staying on to advise them. But now BBC research suggests that the Taliban is openly active […]

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World Cup 2018: Russian official warns locusts could attack pitches

England will play their opening match of the World Cup at the Volgograd Arena Swarms of locusts could attack football pitches and cause a “global scandal” at this summer’s World Cup, according to a Russian government official. Pyotr Chekmarev said around a million hectares of land in southern Russia was infested with locusts. Volgograd, where […]

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Cancelled Israel Lorde gig sparks anti-boycott lawsuit

Image copyright Getty Images An Israeli advocacy group has launched a lawsuit against two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing pop singer Lorde to cancel a concert in Israel. It is thought to be the first case filed under a 2011 Israeli law allowing civil lawsuits against anyone calling for a boycott of the country. Critics […]

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Ismail Haniya: US designates Hamas leader as terrorist

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ismail Haniya, who lives in Gaza, became the head of Hamas’ Political Bureau last year The United States has designated the political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a terrorist and imposed sanctions on him. The state department said Ismail Haniya had “close links with Hamas’ military wing” […]

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FBI has ‘grave concerns’ about controversial Republican memo

Image copyright EPA Image caption Republican Devin Nunes’ staff wrote the secretive memo The FBI has publicly challenged a push by Republican lawmakers to release a controversial memo which purports to show anti-Trump bias at the agency. “We have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI […]

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Trump to North Korean Defector: ‘Your Great Sacrifice is an Inspiration to Us All’

One of the most powerful moments during President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night came when he honored Mr. Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector who escaped from the communist regime in 2006. “Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea,” the president told members of Congress. “One day, he tried to steal coal […]

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German Marcel Hesse jailed for ‘sadistic’ double killing

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hesse lived with his parents and was described as socially withdrawn A German teenager who stabbed to death his neighbour’s nine-year-old son and then killed an ex-school friend while on the run has been jailed for life. Marcel Hesse, now 20, lured the boy to his basement in the town […]

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Train carrying Republicans hits lorry in West Virginia

Image copyright Twitter/ Rachel Bade A train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia has collided with a truck. Republican passengers – who included House Speaker Paul Ryan – said no one aboard the Amtrak train had been significantly injured. But Arizona Senator Jeff Flake told CNN he believed one person on the […]

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