Israel starts freeing hundreds more African migrants

Israel began releasing a second group of around 600 African migrants from a desert detention centre on Wednesday after a court order, the prison authorities said.

Israel frees hundreds of migrants from desert facility

 Israel released hundreds of African migrants from a desert detention centre Tuesday after a court order, but asylum seekers were left with few options after being barred from two cities.

Police brace for `Tel Aviv beach` protests in Paris

Paris was to deploy some 500 police along the River Seine on Thursday, at the start of a controversial beach attraction dedicated to Tel Aviv. 

Tel Aviv day on Paris `beach` stirs controversy

The decision to dedicate a day of beach festivities in Paris to Tel Aviv sparked condemnation on Monday, with leftist and pro-Palestinian groups saying it sends "a very bad message" of support for Israel`s policies.

Spat over Tel Aviv day at Paris beach

 A French councillor on Monday slammed a decision to dedicate one day of the beach festivities in Paris to Tel Aviv, saying it sent "a very bad message" of support for Israel`s policies.

Hundreds evacuated near Jerusalem after massive wildfire

Around 700 people were evacuated as dozens of firefighting teams struggled to gain control of a massive wildfire that broke out near Jerusalem on Sunday, officials said.

Two civilians held in Gaza, one by Hamas, claims Israel
Two civilians held in Gaza, one by Hamas, claims Israel

The Israeli defence ministry said on Thursday that two Israelis, including an Arab, were being held captive in the Gaza Strip, accusing Hamas of holding one of them.

Israelis protest against controversial natural gas deal

Thousands of Israelis protested in central Tel Aviv Saturday evening against a natural gas deal between the government and a US-Israeli energy conglomerate, calling for better transparency.

Israel celebrates International Yoga Day

More than 500 yoga enthusiasts gathered from all over Israel to participate in the day-long International Yoga Day celebrations here, demonstrating the immense popularity enjoyed by the ancient Indian tradition in the country.

Israeli artists up in arms over culture minister remarks

 Israeli artists and leading cultural figures gathered Sunday to try and consolidate an approach against Culture Minister Miri Regev`s declared intent to withdraw support from institutes that "delegitimise" Israel, a move critics say would amount to censorship.

Tel Aviv hosts Asia's largest gay pride parade
Tel Aviv hosts Asia's largest gay pride parade

 Tel Aviv witnessed its largest ever LGBT Pride parade and the largest throughout the entire Asian continent, with more than 100,000 people marching through the city streets celebrating a day dedicated to the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender community under the slogan "Tel Aviv loves all genders."

1,500-year-old church discovered near Jerusalem

A 1,500-year-old church from the Byzantine era was unexpectedly discovered during the course of works to widen a highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel officials said on Wednesday.

`Baby warehouses` put African infants at risk in Israel

It is nap-time at Felizia`s daycare centre, a squalid street-level flat in Tel Aviv where loud pop music drowns out the miserable cries of dozens of children and babies cooped up inside.

Proliferation talks fail over Mideast nuke plan

Nuclear non-proliferation talks ended without agreement on Friday after the United States, Canada and Britain opposed a plan to set up a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin step up anti-racism protests

Hundreds of Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin blocked a main Tel Aviv road on Sunday, stepping up anti-racism protests triggered by a video clip that showed policemen shoving and punching a black soldier.

Ethiopian Israelis protest against `police brutality`

Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis protested in central Tel Aviv on Sunday against alleged police brutality and institutionalised discrimination, an AFP correspondent said.

Israeli plane in emergency landing over wheel fault

An Israeli passenger plane was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv Tuesday after part of a wheel came off, an airport official said.

Israel cabinet unanimously opposes Iran N-deal

After conclusion of a three-hour-long meeting on Friday, the Israeli security cabinet unanimously expressed opposition to the “framework agreement” struck on Thursday between P5+1 group of world powers and Iran in Switzerland.

Israeli magician dazzles crowd by 'floating in air'

llusionist Hezi Dean baffles crowd in Tel Aviv as he appears to stand mid-air with one hand touching outer wall of Dizengoff Center.

Israelis fret about risk of isolation but concern may be overdone

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s re-election last week has prompted alarmed chatter in the cafes of Tel Aviv and on talk shows about the risk of Israel losing the support of its closest allies and being left isolated in the world.