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Israeli law declares country the ‘nation-state of the Jewish people’

Israeli law declares country the ‘nation-state of the Jewish people’

Netanyahu of Israel has long demanded that the Palestinians acknowledge his country's existence as the "nation-state of the Jewish people".

  • by David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner

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Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law
Israel

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

The bill, backed by the right-wing government, passed after months of political argument and some Arab lawmakers shouted and ripped up their papers after the vote.

Turkey stuns Australia, rejects extradition of terrorist Neil Prakash
Islamic State

Turkey stuns Australia, rejects extradition of terrorist Neil Prakash

Julie Bishop has expressed disappointment at a Turkish court's decision to reject the extradition of Australia's most prominent terrorist Neil Prakash.

  • by Farid Y Farid
Israeli Parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill
Israel

Israeli Parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill

Opponents of the new bill say it marginalises the country's Arab minority of around 20 per cent.

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout
Syria

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

The government offensive has displaced more than 230,000 people, many of them on the run in the open.

  • by Sarah El Deeb
14,500-year old bread, resembling pita, found at prehistoric site in Jordan
Archaeology

14,500-year old bread, resembling pita, found at prehistoric site in Jordan

Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in north-eastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise.

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad in ceasefire with Israel in Gaza Strip
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Israel

Hamas, Islamic Jihad in ceasefire with Israel in Gaza Strip

Mediation led to an agreement to end the largest daytime assault on the Gaza Strip by Israel in four years, according to Hamas.

Unrest erupts in Iraq amid acute shortages of water, electricity
Iraq

Unrest erupts in Iraq amid acute shortages of water, electricity

Protests sparked by power and water shortages in poverty-stricken parts of Iraq are becoming focused upon the perceived malign influence of Iran.

  • by Mustafa Salim
Israeli Supreme Court freezes West Bank village demolition
Israel

Israeli Supreme Court freezes West Bank village demolition

Israel claims Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometres away.

Man whose youthful protest ignited Syria uprising admits defeat
Syria

Man whose youthful protest ignited Syria uprising admits defeat

The rebel whose teenage protest ignited Syria's anti-Assad uprising has finally conceded defeat.

  • by Josie Ensor & Joseph Haboush
Suspected Israeli airstrike hits Syrian air base
Syria

Suspected Israeli airstrike hits Syrian air base

Syrian air defence units responded to an Israeli "aggression" on an air base in the country's central province of Homs, state TV said.