Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Middle East

MSF: Palestinian protesters face 'injuries of unusual severity'

At least 39 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded in four weeks of protest against Israel’s blockade.

MSF: Palestinian protesters face 'injuries of unusual severity'

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Mother of killed Palestinian youth: 'How could he pose a threat?'

The United Nations and world leaders have expressed their outrage at the death of Mohammed Ayoub at the hands of Israeli snipers, while his family is left to grieve.

Mother of killed Palestinian youth: 'How could he pose a threat?'

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

UN's Palestinian envoy urges probe into Israel's deadly crackdown

Palestinians have refused to back down, despite the live-fire from Israeli snipers and volleys tear gas, and are continuing their Great March of Return protests at the Gaza border.

UN's Palestinian envoy urges probe into Israel's deadly crackdown

Middle East

'Hamas at the fence': Israeli media's spin on Gaza protests

Without reports from Israeli journalists in Gaza, media in Israeli is mostly offering only the unquestioned repetition of the military's and government's view on the Great March of Return protests at the Israeli-Gaza border.

'Hamas at the fence': Israeli media's spin on Gaza protests

Ethiopia

Explainer: Egypt fears losing water supply to Ethiopia mega-dam

Egypt, which depends on the Nile for water, is worried about the $5bn dam being built upstream by Ethiopia.Pl

Explainer: Egypt fears losing water supply to Ethiopia mega-dam

Asia

Sri Lankan communities struggling to pay debts

Unregulated companies charging high interest rates for small loans is deeply affecting some communities.

Sri Lankan communities struggling to pay debts

Asia

Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons seeks 'disappeared'

The office has been set up to locate thousands of people still missing seven years after the defeat of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons seeks 'disappeared'

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka slammed over response to anti-Muslim attacks

Sri Lanka's week-long state of emergency has not been lifted, as expected. It was imposed after Muslim-owned homes and businesses were set on fire by Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist gangs.

Sri Lanka slammed over response to anti-Muslim attacks

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka violence hits its economy and reputation

Since violence erupted in Sri Lanka, the economy has taken a hit and the prime minister admits his country's reputation has been tarnished.

Sri Lanka violence hits its economy and reputation

Rohingya

Rohingya refugees at risk of deadly monsoon rains

Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees are at risk of death or serious injury when the seasonal monsoon rains fall on their camps in Bangladesh.

Rohingya refugees at risk of deadly monsoon rains

Middle East

African refugees on hunger strike in Israel

Israel has given many African refugees three months to take up a cash offer to leave for Rwanda or face indefinite time in jail.

African refugees on hunger strike in Israel

Europe

Abbas seeks alternative to US as peace mediator

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during his address to the United Nations Security Council, officials say.

Abbas seeks alternative to US as peace mediator