Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Middle East

Jerusalem's historic hotel to be shut down by Jewish settlers

In the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's old city, the Imperial Hotel has welcomed pilgrims and tourists for 130 years.

Jerusalem's historic hotel to be shut down by Jewish settlers

Middle East

Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister

He is accused of accepting gifts from wealthy businessmen and granting favours in return for positive media coverage.

Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister

Occupied West Bank

Israel to demolish 100 Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank

The military has said that the homes are too close to the Israeli barrier.

Israel to demolish 100 Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank

Middle East

Israeli police accused of racism for shooting black teen

Ethiopian-Israelis say they have endured decades of racism from government and police.

Israeli police accused of racism for shooting black teen

Middle East

Nationwide protests in Israel over shooting of teen

Israeli-Ethiopian teen's death leads to massive protests in Israel.

Nationwide protests in Israel over shooting of teen

Asia Pacific

Iran renews nuclear deal ultimatum at Tajikistan summit

Iran’s president uses conference in Tajikistan of leaders and diplomats from more than 30 Asian countries to reinforce May ultimatum.

Iran renews nuclear deal ultimatum at Tajikistan summit

Asia

Sri Lanka anniversary: 10 years since civil war ended

The UN estimates that 40,000 civilians were killed in the last few months of the fighting as the government launched its final assault on the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lanka anniversary: 10 years since civil war ended

Asia

Sri Lanka: Curfew lifted amid religious tension

Government minister says 'Buddhist extremists' are behind the anti-Muslim attacks this week, following the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka: Curfew lifted amid religious tension

Middle East

Algeria: How will Bouteflika’s 20-year rule be remembered?

A review of his presidency after he announced his resignation following a mass protest movement.

Algeria: How will Bouteflika’s 20-year rule be remembered?

Middle East

Palestinians reopen Al-Aqsa gate locked by Israel 16 years ago

The Waqf, or trust, says locking the gate is an example of Israel trying to assert itself inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

Palestinians reopen Al-Aqsa gate locked by Israel 16 years ago

Middle East

West Bank: Muslims saying access to holy sites restricted

In occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, many Muslim worshippers find Israeli security presence intimidating.

West Bank: Muslims saying access to holy sites restricted

Asia Pacific

Thousands hit by record floods in Australia

What is being described as once-in-a-century rainfall is causing catastrophic flooding in northeast Australia.

Thousands hit by record floods in Australia