• Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita (R) and his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid talk after signing co-operation agreements, in Rabat on 11 August 2021. Lapid landed in Morocco today for the first visit by a senior official from the Jewish state since the two sides agreed to normalise ties last year. Picture: AFP

    Morocco, Israel sign deals to mark historic visit

    Nasser Bourita and his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid signed agreements on political consultations, aviation and culture. Lapid told reporters the accords would "bring our countries innovation and opportunities for the benefit of our children and their children, for years to come".

  • This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021. Picture: AFP

    Israel tells France it takes spyware scandal seriously

    Pegasus can switch on a phone's camera or microphone and harvest its data, and is at the centre of a storm after a list of about 50,000 potential surveillance targets worldwide was leaked to human rights groups.

  • A ball of fire erupts from a building in Gaza City's Rimal residential district on 16 May 2021, during massive Israeli bombardment on the Hamas-controlled enclave. Picture: Bashar TALEB/AFP

    HRW accuses Israel, Hamas of 'apparent war crimes' in Gaza conflict

    In a report released Tuesday, HRW said it had investigated three Israeli attacks that 'killed 62 Palestinian civilians where there were no evident military targets in the vicinity,' interviewing Palestinians in Gaza and analysing data from the sites and digital imagery.

  • This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021. Picture: AFP

    Israel appoints commission to review Pegasus-maker NSO

    Pegasus has been implicated in possible mass surveillance of journalists, human rights defenders and 14 heads of state. Their phone numbers were among some 50,000 potential surveillance targets on a list leaked to rights group Amnesty International and Paris-based Forbidden Stories.

  • FILE: A Saudi national flag in the capital Riyadh. Picture: Fayez Nureldine /AFP

    Saudi Arabia denies Pegasus spyware allegations

    Saudi Arabia was one of a number of governments around the world accused of using Pegasus spyware to monitor the activities of dissidents and other critics, following an investigation by a consortium of media companies.

  • FILE: Workers and bulldozers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Picture: AFP

    Israeli settlements amount to 'war crimes': UN expert

    Presenting his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michael Lynk, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, said the settlements constitute a "violation of the absolute prohibition against settler implantation".

  • A pictured released by Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 24 June 2021 shows the site of excavations in the quarry of a cement plant near the central city of Ramla in which researchers uncovered prehistoric remains that could not be matched to any known species from the Homo genus. Bones belonging to a "new type of early human" previously unknown to science have been found in Israel, researchers said Thursday, claiming to have shed new light on human evolution. Picture: Tel Aviv University / AFP

    'New type of early human' found in Israel

    Excavations in the quarry of a cement plant near the central city of Ramla uncovered prehistoric remains that could not be matched to any known species from the Homo genus.