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Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes

Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem First published on Sat 10 Feb 2018 00.59EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Israeli fighter jet crashes after being shot at by Syrian air defences video Israel has launched what it described as a large-scale air raid in Syria after one of its F-16 fighters crashed while under…

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Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest

Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent Last modified on Mon 29 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp An unidentified woman protests against compulsory hijab rules Photograph: Twitter/@MaajidNawaz A second woman has been arrested in Iran for protesting…

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Iran bans the teaching of English in primary schools, official says

Move comes after warnings by Islamic leaders that early learning of language opened way to western cultural invasion Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official has said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western cultural invasion. Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations, Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, told state television. The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork…

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Palestinian girl filmed slapping Israeli soldier is charged with assault

Ahed Tamimi, 16, hailed as a hero by Palestinians after arrest over viral video showing her physically confronting soldier A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested after being filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has been charged with assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones. The video of Ahed Tamimi which went viral on social media two weeks ago prompted competing reactions from Israelis and Palestinians, including a campaign for her release. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, called it a political trial, saying Israel had dug up old incidents to justify her…

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Pope calls for two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis uses traditional Christmas Day message to address damage done by controversial Trump speech two weeks ago The pope has reinforced calls for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in his traditional Christmas Day message delivered just over two weeks after the US president, Donald Trump, inflamed tensions in the region. Speaking before the faithful in St Peters Square in Rome, Francis said the children of the Middle East continued to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. This month, Trump…

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US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an insult and saying the US wont be told where it can put its embassy A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto. The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over Israeland the Palestinians, none is as sensitive as the status of Jerusalem. The holy city has been at…

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Two Palestinians shot dead and one critical in riots after Trump speech

Palestinian worshippers and Israeli troops clash as Muslims protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital Two Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trumps decision. A third man was in a critical condition after being shot…

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Yemen’s cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms

Experts predict fastest-spreading cholera epidemic since records began will affect at least 1 million people by turn of year, including at least 600,000 children The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected. The World Health Organization has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and 2,156 deaths. About 4,000 suspected cases are being reported daily, more…

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to obtain driving licences

King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who wanted them Women in women being allowed into a sports stadium for the first time. It is the most significant change yet to a rigidly conservative social order in Saudi Arabia that has strictly demarcated gender roles, and severely limits the role of women in public life. Earlier this month, a Saudi cleric was behind the wheel on the countrys roads were briefly arrested by police. In response…

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Survivors recall how traffickers with AK47s forced dozens into sea off Yemen

At least 51 confirmed dead as survivors tell the Guardian of beatings and threats of shooting if they did not comply Traffickers used beatings and the threat of shooting to force more than 100 refugees, including children who could not swim, to jump into heavy seas off the coast of Yemen last week, survivors have said. At least 50 people were killed. The incident is the latest in a series in which hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees have died. Survivors contacted in Yemen told the Guardian that crewmembers armed with…

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Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline in July as a potential turning point made possible by tougher actions against smugglers operating in the Mediterranean. The number of migrants reaching Italy fell to 11,459 in July from 23,524 in June and 23,522 in July last year. Over the past few years the summer months have been the…

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables in the Mothers Paradise, a park in the Iranian capital. Shes wearing a fringed mint-green T-shirt through which you can see her bare stomach. We can wear airy clothes here, and thats a freedom I…

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‘The worst it’s been’: children continue to swim as raw sewage floods Gaza beach

For most of the 2 million people in this overcrowded strip of land largely cut off from the outside world the beach and sea are the only affordable form of recreation. The only option now is to swim and even fish in filthy water It is high summer on Gaza Citys beach. A horse and cart patrols the shore selling brightly coloured swimming rings. A small boat is giving joy rides out to sea. Families sit on chairs while a few children play in the water. Normally, in the midst…

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Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to expel al-Jazeera from Israel

Prime minister accuses Qatar-based network of stirring violence in coverage of protests around holy site in Jerusalem Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of al-Jazeera, accusing the Qatar-based television news network of inciting recent violence in the city. Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest against deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday raised international alarm. Al-Jazeera has also faced government censure in neighbouring Egypt when in…

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Israel: metal detectors to be removed from holy site in Jerusalem

Late-night announcement regarding al-Aqsa mosque comes after days of violent confrontations that have claimed seven lives Israel has announced it will remove claimed seven lives. The removal of the detectors appeared to be part of a deal that saw the repatriation of Israeli diplomats from Jordan, including an embassy security guard who had been involved in a

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