Dervla Murphy spent a month in Gaza once it was possible to get in via Egypt after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, and has brough out a book.
The cubs â€“ one male, one female â€“ are the offspring of lions smuggled into Gaza through tunnels from Egypt four years ago.
Egypt's campaign to shut down smuggling tunnels running under its border into the Gaza Strip threatens to throw thousands of Palestinians out of work.
We showcase some of this week's best images, from volcanoes in the ocean in Hawaii to Chihuahuas in Cuba.
The Nkandla fire rages on, the battle in the Gaza Strip flares up and the new Bond film is set to hit cinemas with a bang. Stay in the know, watch Weekend 101.
Hamas's charter includes the aspiration that "the day of judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews [killing the Jews]".
The support of the US and Britain allows Israel to continue its policy of occupation and aggression, says Seumas Milne.
Although Hamas leadership is in hiding, Israel's missiles have failed to obliterate its authority, writes Chris McGreal in Beit Lahiya.
Egypt has announced that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.
The force used by Israel in its attacks on Hamas militants in Gaza is "disproportionate", the department of international relations said.
The UN chief has called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the US Secretary of State has headed to the region with a peace message.
The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza during Israel's on-going offensive reached 100 on Monday, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said.
We look at the last week of airstrikes between Israel and Palestine, which has turned into the bloodiest period of conflict in Gaza for some time.
There are theories among Israelis and Palestinians about what has propelled the two sides towards their second war in four years.
Israeli air strikes killed 31 Palestinians in the bloodiest day so far in the Gaza Strip, as diplomatic efforts to broker a truce intensified.
Israeli strikes on Sunday killed 21 Palestinians, mostly women and children, in the bloodiest day of its bombing campaign over the Gaza Strip.
Israel was condemned on Thursday by much of the Arab world while securing Western backing and pressing its biggest air assault on Gaza for years.
Five Gazans were killed in Israeli air strikes as militants fired around 250 rockets over the border, killing three Israelis, officials have said.