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The Arab country turning to ‘female Viagra’

Image caption Flibanserin is produced in Egypt by a local pharmaceutical company As Egypt becomes the first Arab country to authorise the production and sale of a drug meant to boost the female libido, the BBC’s Sally Nabil explores whether there’s a market for it in such a socially conservative country. “I felt drowsy and […]

Man arrested over Israeli student’s killing

Man arrested over Israeli student’s killing

Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A man has been arrested over the killing of a 21-year-old Israeli student in Melbourne, Australian police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city’s north. She […]

Lebanon arrests US man for crossing illegally from Israel

Image copyright @C_Military1 Image caption The militant group Hezbollah posted what it said was a photo of the man at a shop in Tyre The Lebanese army says it has arrested a US citizen suspected of entering Lebanon illegally through a breach in the border fence with Israel. The official National News Agency cited the […]

Israeli exchange student killed in Australia

Israeli exchange student killed in Australia

Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A 21-year-old Israeli student was attacked and killed in Melbourne, Australia while speaking to her sister on the phone, police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near LaTrobe University in the city’s […]

In pictures: Cairo turns orange as sandstorm sweeps Egypt

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A man covers his face as the sandstorm hits near the River Nile in Cairo An orange cloud has swept through Cairo, forcing people to take cover in buildings as strong winds brought thick dust to the Egyptian capital. Several ports were reportedly closed and officials at Cairo airport said […]

Israel police investigate ‘sex-for-judgeships’ allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel Police said its officers had conducted searches and seized documents Police in Israel have arrested a top lawyer as part of an investigation into claims that judicial appointments were traded for sexual favours. The lawyer has not been named and a gag order covers most details of the case. […]

Syria war: Displaced babies die due to freezing weather

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the civilians who have fled the fighting in Hajin are living at the al-Hol camp Fifteen displaced Syrian children – 13 of them aged under one – have died in recent weeks due to cold weather and inadequate medical care, the UN says. Eight deaths have been reported […]

Syria war: Turkey ready to create ‘safe zone’ for Kurds – Erdogan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residents of Kurdish-held towns like Manbij fear they will be attacked when US troops leave Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he responded positively to Donald Trump’s call for a “safe zone” along its border with Kurdish-held Syria. The leaders spoke by telephone after Mr Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey […]

Iran cargo plane crash ‘leaves 15 dead’ near Tehran

Image copyright EPA Image caption The plane crashed into a wall separating the airport from a residential area and then hit a house A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people, Iran’s army says. The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a residential area while trying to land […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran ‘tried to get jailed mum to spy on UK’

Image copyright Free Nazanin Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella during a temporary release from prison Iranian interrogators attempted to get a British-Iranian mother detained in Tehran to spy on the UK in exchange for her freedom, her husband has said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted […]