The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
Egypt’s new government has relaxed restrictions at its border with the Gaza Strip, allowing many Palestinians to cross freely for the first time in four years. But the move is rattling the Israeli government, which is accustomed to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s cooperation – more or less – to keep Gaza sealed up.
Now Israel says militants can flow out and weapons can flood in through the Rafah crossing. The BBC’s Kevin Connolly reports on Israel’s reaction to the Arab spring in Egypt and beyond.