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Tehran 'ready' to swap all prisoners with US, despite new sanctions

Tehran 'ready' to swap all prisoners with US, despite new sanctions

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif brushed sanctions aside as "nothing new" while also striking a conciliatory note.

  • by Parisa Hafezi

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Accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer to be extradited to Australia
Courts

Accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer to be extradited to Australia

An Israeli court has ruled that the former Melbourne school principal will be sent to Australia to face trial after years of legal wrangling.

  • by Gabrielle Weiniger and Paul Sakkal
Ignoring virus rules, Israelis call on Netanyahu to resign
Coronavirus pandemic

Ignoring virus rules, Israelis call on Netanyahu to resign

Many participants in the gathering appeared to ignore social-distancing rules that order them to remain in small separated “capsules” of people.

All is not what it seems in the Middle East 'peace deal'
Opinion
Israeli-Palestinian conflict

All is not what it seems in the Middle East 'peace deal'

The Latin expression cui bono - who benefits - may be useful to determine the value and significance of Donald Trump's new Middle Eastern 'peace deal'.

  • by Ghassan Hage
Conservationists flabbergasted by new road over Egypt pyramids plateau
Heritage

Conservationists flabbergasted by new road over Egypt pyramids plateau

Some Egyptologists say the highways will disrupt the integrity of the pyramids plateau and pave over unexplored archaeological sites.

  • by Patrick Werr
IS militants, including foreign fighters, killed in Libya, Hifter army claims
Islamic State

IS militants, including foreign fighters, killed in Libya, Hifter army claims

The statement from the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces said a six-hour firefight with the militants took place 650km south of Tripoli.

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'Oversold': Middle East deals hailed as historic, but details are thin
Analysis
International affairs

'Oversold': Middle East deals hailed as historic, but details are thin

Despite the pomp of a grand White House signing ceremony and sweeping promises, the documents leave many crucial questions unanswered.

  • by Nick Wadhams
Talk of 'historic' Middle East breakthroughs is premature
Opinion
Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Talk of 'historic' Middle East breakthroughs is premature

The Gulf monarchies never supported the Palestinian cause in order to make money or gain friends.

  • by Maher Mughrabi
Lebanese rivalries stall cabinet formation on eve of Macron's deadline
Lebanon

Lebanese rivalries stall cabinet formation on eve of Macron's deadline

The French President gave faction leaders 15 days to form a new cabinet as part of sweeping reforms tied to foreign aid.

  • by Tom Perry and Ellen Francis
Deals between Israel, UAE and Bahrain shatter old barriers
Opinion
Middle East tensions

Deals between Israel, UAE and Bahrain shatter old barriers

Australia has a role to play in encouraging other Western-leaning Arab and Muslim states to make peace.

  • by Colin Rubenstein
Israel to enter second virus lockdown after bungled reopening
Coronavirus pandemic

Israel to enter second virus lockdown after bungled reopening

During the lockdown, Israelis will have to stay within 500 metres of their houses, but can travel to workplaces that will be allowed to operate on a limited basis.

  • by Amy Teibel