Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

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

Middle East

Palestine: One of most dangerous places for children

One of the most dangerous places in the world for children is the occupied West Bank, where, in the last year, 14 Palestinian children have been killed and almost 1,000 others injured by Israeli forces in confrontations.

Palestine: One of most dangerous places for children

Middle East

Gaza: Healthcare infrastructure crumbling

A financial crisis in Gaza is forcing hospitals and clinics to close. Patients cannot use intensive care beds and those with contagious diseases are forced to stay in overcrowded rooms.

Gaza: Healthcare infrastructure crumbling

Middle East

Abbas seeks India's support in future Israeli-Palestinian talks

Palestinian leaders have hailed Narendra Modi's visit to Ramallah - the first ever by an Indian prime minister - as "historic".

Abbas seeks India's support in future Israeli-Palestinian talks

Africa

UN: More than half of Somalis need emergency aid

The UN says the situation will worsen unless it receives $1.6bn in extra funds.

UN: More than half of Somalis need emergency aid

Middle East

Turkey: Iran, Russia should adhere to Syria ceasefire

The comments follow the latest attacks by Syrian government forces and their two main allies on Idlib province - the largest area still controlled by opposition fighters.

Turkey: Iran, Russia should adhere to Syria ceasefire

Yemen

Yemen: More than two million displaced since conflict began

Hundreds of thousands of displaced Yemenis are trying to survive in camps without basic health and sanitation provisions.

Yemen: More than two million displaced since conflict began

Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians: 'Jerusalem is for the three religions'

Palestinian Christians have expressed their frustration with Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Christians: 'Jerusalem is for the three religions'

Intifada

Palestine's Intifada marks 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, on this day, the first Palestinian uprising known as the Intifada began in Gaza.

Palestine's Intifada marks 30th anniversary

Libya

'They sell Africans over there': Libya's slave trade

It has been reported that hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.

'They sell Africans over there': Libya's slave trade

Palestine

Palestinians fight for marriage, residency in Jerusalem

Israel's 15-year 'temporary' emergency order means Palestinian spouses may not join their partners in occupied East Jerusalem, forcing families to split or move into the already overcrowded suburb of Kufr Aqab.

Palestinians fight for marriage, residency in Jerusalem