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Diver discovers ancient crusader sword off Israeli coast

Diver discovers ancient crusader sword off Israeli coast

Encrusted in shells, the metre-long weapon lay hidden for 900 years near the old city of Haifa until it was revealed by shifting sandbanks.

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Explosion at mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar causes heavy casualties

Explosion at mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar causes heavy casualties

Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said.

  • by Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam
In Beirut, deadly tensions flare amid anger over port blast probe

In Beirut, deadly tensions flare amid anger over port blast probe

The Iran-backed Hezbollah accuses a Christian party of attacking its supporters, who were gathering to demand the removal of the judge investigating last year’s port blast.

  • by Maha El Dahan, Tom Perry and Laila Bassam
Israeli archaeologists discover ancient winemaking complex

Israeli archaeologists discover ancient winemaking complex

Researchers estimate the facility, which dates back some 1500 years, could produce about 2 million litres of wine a year.

  • by Tsafrir Abayov
Oil tank fire in southern Lebanon contained, energy minister says
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Oil tank fire in southern Lebanon contained, energy minister says

The blaxe is the latest blow to a nation grappling with a deep economic crisis and crippling fuel and power shortages.

  • by Mahmoud Mourad
In Israel ‘fully vaccinated’ means three doses

In Israel ‘fully vaccinated’ means three doses

The country said it would soon cancel the vaccination passports of those who are eligible for, but have not yet received, a third vaccination shot.

  • by Isabel Kershner
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Michelangelo’s David ‘manhood’ covered to avoid Dubai outrage

Michelangelo’s David ‘manhood’ covered to avoid Dubai outrage

Replica of famous statue will have buttocks hidden to respect Muslim culture.

  • by Andrea Vogt
Israeli troops kill four Palestinians in West Bank clashes

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians in West Bank clashes

Sunday’s violence was the deadliest between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks.

The scientist and the AI-assisted, remote-control killing machine

The scientist and the AI-assisted, remote-control killing machine

Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran’s top nuclear scientist for years. Then they came up with a way to pull the trigger with no operatives present.

  • by Ronen Bergman and Farnaz Fassihi
A year into the Abraham Accords shines a light into future

A year into the Abraham Accords shines a light into future

The Middle East, so often in the news for its problems, has, during the past year, pioneered a major historic breakthrough likely to have enduring effects, in the form of the Abraham Accords.

  • by Colin Rubenstein
‘It’s not a crisis, it’s a collapse’: Life in a total economic meltdown

‘It’s not a crisis, it’s a collapse’: Life in a total economic meltdown

The situation in Lebanon is so grave it may rank as one of the top three economic calamities to strike any nation for the past 170 years.

  • by Bevan Shields