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The Dead Sea Scrolls are almost 1,000 biblical manuscripts discovered in the decade after World War 2 in what is now the West Bank. The texts, mostly written on parchment but also on papyrus and bronze, are the earliest surviving copies of biblical and extra-biblical documents known to be in existence, dating over a 700-year period around the birth of Jesus. The ancient Jewish sect the Essenes is supposed to have authored the scrolls, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, although no conclusive proof has been found to this effect

Dead Sea scrolls: world's oldest copy of the Ten Commandments to go on display in Israel

2,000-year-old scroll will remain at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks

The US government has offered $20million in rewards for information which will lead to the whereabouts of four men it claims are top leaders of Isis

US government offers $20m rewards for information on 'four leaders of Isis'

The US has released images of four men identified as (clockwise, from top left) Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-'Awni al-Harzi and Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili

Black Isis flags can be seen flying outside the front of the building

Isis opens 262-room luxury hotel in Mosul

The Ninawa International Hotel has been overtaken by the group

A undated combo picture made avaliable on 05 May 2015 shows an ancient mosaic before restoration (L) and seriously damaged after the restoration (R) at Antakya Archaeological Museum in Antakya, Turkey. At least 10 mosaics in the world's second largest mosaic museum in Antakya were seriously damaged during restoration, local media reported on 04 May.

Ancient Roman mosaics ruined in botched restoration job

The mosaics have been left warped and distorted

Benjamin Netanyahu delivering a speech at the first session of the newly elected Knesset in Jerusalem in March; the deadline for the formation of a new government is today

Israel election: Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish new coalition bodes ill for the peace process

An administration with ultra-orthodox and right-wing parties has been put together which has only the slightest majority - leaving the PM with an unexpectedly tenuous grip on power

Muslim Brotherhood supporters demonstrate near Cairo last month

Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of Egypt,' the US-educated professor of engineering tells Robert Fisk in Istanbul

US air strikes have been aiding YPG fighters in cutting Isis supply lines between Syria and Iraq

Isis in Syria: US Army claims air strikes kill 50 fighters but monitors say only civilians dead

The death toll in strikes near the village of Birmehli in Syria is disputed

Boris Johnson on walkabout ahead of the general election on a decidedly windy Tuesday in London

Iran bans spiky haircuts, tattoos and use of sunbeds because they are signs of 'devil-worship'

Any shops offering 'unauthorised' styles will be shut down

The Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi may have removed the floor under the oil price, but the gamble on undermining US shale production may backfire

Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi: 'Only Allah can set the price of oil'

The minister’s comments come amid slump in oil prices and slowing growth

Plane burns on Sanaa International Airport runway (ITN)

Houthi cargo plane left burning on Sanaa runway as Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen's airports - video

On Sunday a Saudi-led air campaign destroyed landing strips

Saudi Arabia's King Salman greets Morocco's King Mohammed. But it's what is going on behind them that has attracted social media attention

Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacks senior aide for 'slapping' a journalist behind him live on TV

Mohammed al-Tobayshi's on-camera 'slap' quickly went viral on Saudi social media channels

Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil

Official radio station for so-called Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting and warns of ‘even bigger and more bitter’ things to come

Syrian Civil Defence workers evacuate children from a building following a reported airstrike by government forces in a rebel held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo

Syria's 'circle of hell': Aleppo residents describe children without heads, streets filled with blood and injuries never before witnessed by surgeons

Amnesty International report finds civilians are suffering 'unthinkable atrocities' as the Syrian conflict rages

Houthis protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen (AP)

Saudi Arabia using cluster bombs made by the US in Yemen, claims Human Rights Watch

Cluster munitions are banned across most of the world after a 2008 treaty

Israeli soldiers in an image provided by campaign group Breaking the Silence

'From what we knew, that area was supposedly devoid of civilians': The testimonies of Israeli soldiers provided to Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence claims many of the deaths in last summer's war in Gaza were preventable, and were the result of Israeli military policies

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