An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state.
In a separate case earlier in the day
Qatar’s foreign minister defended on Monday his government's connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom.
Jordan's central bank said it backed Arab Bank was confident in its ability to defend itself against a US ruling which found the country's top lender liable for financing Islamic militant group Hamas.
The US civil lawsuit
A US jury on Monday found Arab Bank Plc liable for providing material support to Hamas and said it must compensate victims of two dozen attacks attributed to the Islamic militant group in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Arab Bank never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer for the bank told jurors during closing arguments at the bank's civil trial on charges of financing terrorism.
The Jordan-based bank is accuse
Arab Bank's chairman told reporters on Monday his bank was "clean" and had not provided funding to Hamas, speaking after his first day as a defense witness in the long-awaited civil terrorism-financing trial.
Gaza's city workers cleared roads of rubble and fixed power lines on Wednesday as a ceasefire took hold after 50 days of war, with displaced families expressing a sense of relief and frustration as they returned to their damaged homes.
Hamas leaders said on Saturday they had given their consent for the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move that could open up both Israel and the militant group to war crime probes over the fighting in Gaza.
Hamas gunmen executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel in the heart of Gaza City yesterday, as the deadly war between the Islamist movement and Israel reached day 46.
In broad daylight outside Gaza's larges
Israel has killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed.
Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the