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06 January 2019 2:35 PM John Bolton to Israel and Turkey to discuss Syria pullout

US National Security Adviser John Bolton was deployed to Israel to allay concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdrawal troops from Syria and discuss the process with Turkish officials. The pull-out announced last month was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests 102

24 December 2018 8:08 PM Christmas festivities begin in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace 106

18 December 2018 6:48 PM Glencore billionaire among directors banned, fined by Canada

Glencore’s billionaire head of copper trading, Aristotelis Mistakidis, was among executives fined and banned from being a director by Canada after admitting that its Congolese copper and cobalt unit misstated how much metal it mined. Mistakidis, who is retiring from Glencore at the end of this year, was hit with a C$2.45m (R26m) fine and a four-year 120

27 November 2018 4:30 PM Israeli leader to visit Chad and restore relations

Israel's prime minister says he will soon travel to the central African nation of Chad to officially restore relations. Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement on Tuesday in a meeting with visiting Chadian President Idriss Deby in Jerusalem. Deby's visit is the first by a president of Chad, a Muslim-majority country that broke off relations with Israel 74

20 November 2018 8:26 AM Airbnb to remove Israeli settlement listings

Airbnb has said it will stop renting out homes in Jewish settlements of the West Bank, a move that drew sharp rebukes from Israeli officials on Monday. The San Francisco-based company said it would remove about 200 home and room rentals in the disputed region. Airbnb said that although US law allows for it to continue operating there, it made the controversial 99

20 November 2018 6:08 AM Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Airbnb said on Monday it will remove from its rental listings settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, prompting Israel to threaten legal action against the US company. An evaluation by Airbnb "concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians" 107

19 November 2018 8:01 AM Undersea gas fires Egypt's regional energy dreams

Egypt is looking to use its vast, newly tapped undersea gas reserves to establish itself as a key energy exporter and revive its flagging economy. Encouraged by the discovery of huge natural gas fields in the Mediterranean, Cairo has in recent months signed gas deals with neighbouring Israel as well as Cyprus and Greece. Former oil minister Osama Kamal 95

04 November 2018 7:17 AM Israel PM praises restoration of US sanctions on Iran

Israel's prime minister has praised the restoration of US sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. Benjamin Netanyahu, a staunch opponent of the agreement concluded by the Obama administration, said on Saturday that US President Donald Trump had made an "historic" decision by restoring sanctions against "the murderous terror regime 101

24 September 2018 8:32 PM SA ambassador back in Israel for 'personal reasons'

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) has clarified that Sisa Ngombane, South Africa's ambassador to Israel, has returned to the Middle East country for "personal reasons", Netwerk24 reports. The SA government announced earlier this year that it would downgrade its Israeli embassy to a liaison office, after the ANC resolved 72

23 September 2018 4:00 AM 5 must-sees at the 2018 Jozi Film Festival

This short fiction film by Dian Weys is based on true and current events. As two paramedics treat a patient in the Cape Flats, they’re attacked by gang members. Between 2016 and last year, more than 150 paramedics and other medical professionals were victimised or attacked in and around Cape Town. Directed by Reabetswe Moeti, this film won an award at the Zanzibar 93