Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Asia

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

National security has been a key issue in the campaign after the Easter bombings that killed hundreds of people.

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

Asia

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Sri Lankans are voting to elect a new leader while ethnic divisions are on the rise after the deadly Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Middle East

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires

Jordan decides against renewing a 25-year deal over special land access for Israeli farmers and tourists.

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires

Middle East

Turkey's offensive in Syria: Syrian Kurds flee to northern Iraq

First group of Syrian Kurds arrives in northern Iraq after fleeing Turkey's military operation in north Syria.

Turkey's offensive in Syria: Syrian Kurds flee to northern Iraq

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