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World Outrage Over Israeli Killing PDF Print E-mail

Australia has summoned the Israeli ambassador to explain why three suspects over the Dubai killing of a Hamas leader used Australian passports. Dubai police say Israeli agents were involved in Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's death. Police identified 26 suspects, using British, French, Irish and Australian documents, over the killing. Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni applauded the killing organised by Israel's intelligence service, Mossad. al-Mabhou was eletrocuted and then suffocated. EU foreign ministers have condemned the use of forged European passports by Israeli agents. (BBC, 25 February 2010)

Israel Plans to Annex Islamic Sites PDF Print E-mail

Israel announced a controversial plan to add two major Islamic religious sites in the West Bank to the country's national heritage list. The al-Ibrahimi Musjid in Hebron, where Prophets Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are said to be buried with their wives, and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. (BBC, 21 February 2010)

Iran to ban Planes over Gulf Name PDF Print E-mail

Iran warned that airlines will be banned from flying into its airspace, unless they use the 'Persian Gulf' on their in-flight monitors. The stretch of water separating it from its neighbours is called the Persian Gulf by Iran and the Arabian Gulf by Arab states. (BBC, 22 February 2010)

Saudi Boycott of Lingerie Shops PDF Print E-mail

Campaigners in Saudi Arabia have urged women there to begin a two-week boycott of lingerie shops with male staff. A female economics professor organised the boycott. Islamic scholars are backing the campaign for salesmen to be replaced with saleswomen. (BBC, 13 February 2010)

Shia Rebels Break Ceasefire PDF Print E-mail

Shia Rebels opened fire on Yemeni forces hours after a ceasefire was declared. Meanwhile rebels handed over one Saudi soldier, captured during fighting, as part of a ceasefire agreement. The rebels held Saudi territory for several months, killing 130 Saudi soldiers and taken five captive. (BBC, 12 February 2010)

R720,000 Traffic Fines PDF Print E-mail

A Dubai man who racked up traffic fines of $97,000 (R727,000) for 400 offences, has been caught by police. The man, who eluded officers for two years, also had his vehicle seized. (BBC, 15 February 2010)

Man Jailed for Illicit Sex PDF Print E-mail

A Saudi court upheld a sentence of five years in jail and 1,000 lashes for a man who boasted on TV of his illicit sex life. (BBC, 9 February 2010)

US Releases Photographer PDF Print E-mail

US forces in Iraq release an Iraqi photographer held in detention for 17 months without charge. He worked for Reuters. (BBC, 10 February 2010)

Israeli History of Assasination PDF Print E-mail

The assasination of Hamas senior commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, is the latest in Israel's history of illegally assassinating people worldwide including in France, Cyprus, Lebanon, Greece, Tunisia and Jordan. (BBC, 29 January 2010)

Millions for Camels PDF Print E-mail

A camel-racing fanatic spent $6.5m (£4m/R50m) on 3 camels at an auction in the United Arab Emirates. One of the camels bought by Hamdan al-Falahi at the Al Dhafrah camel festival cost him $2.7m. The annual week-long festival includes a camel beauty contest and competitions to find the best camel meat and milk. Camel racing is very popular in the UAE, with many Emiratis considering it their national sport.(BBC, 3 February 2010)

Israel Admits Illegal Bombing PDF Print E-mail

Israel admits using illegal white phosphorus shells to bomb a UN compound in Gaza last year. Previously Israel had maintained that it was not misused in Gaza. (BBC, 1 February 2010)

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