France, Germany, Italy, Spain & UK urge Israel to halt West Bank settlement expansion plans that ‘threaten prospects for peace’

The governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK have called on Israel to drop its plans to illegally build hundreds of new houses in an area of the occupied West Bank which would isolate a Palestinian neighborhood. … Read More >France, Germany, Italy, Spain & UK urge Israel to halt West Bank settlement expansion plans that ‘threaten prospects for peace’

Israel’s president gives centrist Yair Lapid mandate to form government after PM Netanyahu misses deadline

The president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, has asked opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure enough support to form a coalition. … Read More >Israel’s president gives centrist Yair Lapid mandate to form government after PM Netanyahu misses deadline

Stores, malls, and restaurants to shut early in Egypt for two weeks, including Eid, as Cairo battles resurgent Covid-19

Egypt’s prime minister has announced a new set of Covid-19 restrictions that will run for a fortnight to slow the spread of the virus during the last days of Ramadan and the Eid celebrations to follow. … Read More >Stores, malls, and restaurants to shut early in Egypt for two weeks, including Eid, as Cairo battles resurgent Covid-19

Israeli PM Netanyahu misses deadline to form government coalition, President Rivlin to decide next move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to secure a governing coalition despite weeks of negotiations after the March election, leaving President Reuven Rivlin to decide whether to pass the job to another candidate. … Read More >Israeli PM Netanyahu misses deadline to form government coalition, President Rivlin to decide next move

At least 1 dead in reported Israeli strike on ‘civilian plastic warehouse’ in Syria’s Latakia

Explosions could be heard in the Syrian coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, where Russian forces are based, as air defenses reportedly responded to Israeli missiles striking further inland, the state news agency SANA has said. … Read More >At least 1 dead in reported Israeli strike on ‘civilian plastic warehouse’ in Syria’s Latakia

Iraq’s health minister resigns in wake of devastating hospital fire caused by exploding oxygen tank

Iraqi health minister Hassan al-Tamimi has formally resigned from the government over a deadly fire that took the lives of 82 people after an oxygen tank exploded at a Baghdad hospital that was treating Covid patients. … Read More >Iraq’s health minister resigns in wake of devastating hospital fire caused by exploding oxygen tank

‘He has to go’: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu labeled ‘power-hungry tyrant’ by potential coalition ally in hidden-camera recording

In a public blow to coalition-building efforts in Israel, hidden-camera recordings of a potential political partner accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being a “power-hungry dictator” have been aired on local television. … Read More >‘He has to go’: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu labeled ‘power-hungry tyrant’ by potential coalition ally in hidden-camera recording

Embattled Netanyahu running out of time to form Israeli government as midnight deadline looms

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to miss a midnight deadline to end the country’s political paralysis by forming a governing coalition, as opposition forces weigh up assembling an alternative government to oust him. … Read More >Embattled Netanyahu running out of time to form Israeli government as midnight deadline looms