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I never met my daughter’s dad – she was his dying wish

By Sarah McDermott BBC World Service 22 May 2019 Image copyright Liat Malka Image caption Shira and Liat Liat Malka longed to have children but hadn't yet met the right person with whom to start a family. Then she became involved in an unusual plan – to help fulfil a stranger's dying wish of fathering a child.
In 2013, Liat Malka was a single, 35-year-old kindergarten teacher living in southern Israel, when she felt the urgency of her biological clock ticking.
“I was worrying about tim..

Why Israel eyes the EU with distrust

Why Israel eyes the EU with distrust By James Landale Diplomatic correspondent, Tel Aviv 21 May 2019 Related TopicsEurovision Song Contest Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Israelis love Eurovision, but think Europe is against them Walk down the sea front in Tel Aviv in recent weeks and you cannot fail to grasp the gusto with which people here embraced the concept of Eurovision; the posters, the parties, the wall-to-wall media coverage all testament to the enthusiasm which Israelis invested..

Trump’s ‘genocidal taunts’ will not end Iran – Zarif

Trump's 'genocidal taunts' will not end Iran – Zarif 20 May 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mohammad Javad Zarif has insisted that Iran does not want a war Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed US President Donald Trump's “genocidal taunts” and warned him not to threaten the country.
Amid rising tensions, Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”
Mr Zarif said the US president should look..

Sajid Javid: New espionage bill will tackle threats

Sajid Javid: New espionage bill will tackle threats 20 May 2019 Image copyright AFP Foreign spies in the UK might have to add their names to a register under a new espionage bill, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
It would aim to tackle threats from hostile states, he said in a speech at New Scotland Yard in London.
He also said Syria and parts of west Africa could be designated as banned countries, with Britons who travelled there breaking the law.
The new bill would update the Official Se..

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video 20 May 2019 Related TopicsThe Holocaust Image copyright Reuters Image caption The video was published by Al Jazeera's online video network AJ+ Al Jazeera has suspended two journalists over a video they produced that denied the facts of the Holocaust.
The Qatari state-funded broadcaster had published the video on its online AJ+ video service in Arabic.
During World War Two, six million Jewish people were systematically killed by the ..

US president says war would be ‘end’ of Iran as tensions rise

US president says war would be 'end' of Iran as tensions rise 20 May 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tensions have risen between Iran under President Hassan Rouhani and the US under President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has issued a stern warning to Iran, suggesting it will be destroyed if a conflict breaks out between the two countries.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” he said in a tweet on Sunday. “Never threaten the United States..

Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids

Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids 19 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBomb targets tourist bus in EgyptAn explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza.
South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say.
A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passi..

Iran-US tensions: ‘There will be no war’, says Zarif

Iran-US tensions: 'There will be no war', says Zarif 18 May 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif says people around US President Trump are “pushing him towards war” Iran's foreign minister has said he does not believe a war will break out in the region amid concerns over rising tensions with the US.
Mohammad Javad Zarif told state news agency Irna that Tehran did not want a war, and that no country had the “idea or illusion that it can confront..

Iran travel warning for dual UK nationals

Foreign Office warns against Iran travel for British-Iranians 17 May 2019 Related TopicsNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case Image copyright Family handout Image caption The case of Aras Amiri, who was this week jailed in Iran, is one trigger for the change in travel advice, says BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins The Foreign Office has hardened its travel advice for Iran, advising British-Iranian dual nationals not to travel there.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said dual nationals face an “in..

US Israel-Palestinian peace plan ‘a surrender act’ – Palestinian FM

US Israel-Palestinian peace plan 'a surrender act' – Palestinian FM 17 May 2019 Image caption Mr Malki said Trump's plan amounted to a 'consecration of [Palestinians'] century-old ordeal' The Palestinian foreign minister has branded the anticipated US plan for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict an unacceptable “surrender act”.
Riad Malki said the plan that Donald Trump calls the “deal of the century” was in fact “the consecration of [Palestinians'] century-..

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