Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Middle East

Israel elections: Polls in rerun vote open

Benjamin Netanyahu, who promised to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, says leftists will 'weaken' Israel.

Israel elections: Polls in rerun vote open

Middle East

Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border

Ankara monitors YPG withdrawal as part of plan to establish 'safe zone' in northern Syria along border with Turkey.

Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border

Middle East

Syria: Children increasingly killed by air attacks in Idlib

Russian-backed government forces are reportedly responsible for destroying many civilian homes, killing many people.

Syria: Children increasingly killed by air attacks in Idlib

Middle East

Syria's War: Government forces seize rebel territory in Hama

With help from Russia, the Syrian government now controls all of the countryside in Hama province south of Idlib, after taking the last villages and towns from rebel control.

Syria's War: Government forces seize rebel territory in Hama

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