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The recent vaccine-derived polio outbreaks confirmed in Yemen and Sudan are consequences of increasingly low levels of immunity among children. Each outbreak has paralysed children in areas that have been extremely difficult if not impossible to reach with routine or supplementary polio vaccination for extended periods of time.

These outbreaks do not come as a total surprise. In Sudan, extensive population movement by nomadic communities, people displaced by conflict, frequent...

The “clearance operation” began at 3 a.m. in western Myanmar, the soldier says.

The colonel in charge told the troops in Myanmar’s 565th light infantry battalion their task was to wipe out the Rohingya villagers in the area, ordering them to “shoot all that you see and all that you hear,” Pvt. Myo Win Tun says in video testimony obtained by NBC News.

His unit carried out the order, the private says, raping women first before killing them along with children and the elderly. The...

Israeli police arrested four Palestinians on Sunday near Bab al-Amud, one of the entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The four, including three young women, were beaten before their arrest, according to eyewitnesses.

The Israeli police have yet to issue a statement on the incident.

Israel often carries out raids and detentions against Palestinians in Jerusalem.

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Saudi Arabia, one of the wealthiest countries on earth, is keeping hundreds if not thousands of African migrants locked in heinous conditions reminiscent of Libya’s slave camps as part of a drive to stop the spread of Covid-19, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found. 

Graphic mobile phone images sent to the newspaper by migrants held inside the detention centres show dozens of emaciated men crippled by the Arabian heat lying shirtless in tightly packed rows in small rooms...

At least 13,278 civilians in Syria were killed and 18,600 were arrested by the Bashar al-Assad regime over the past four years, according to a report by a London-based rights watchdog.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said on Friday that it presented its report to the UN Human Rights Council on human rights violations by the Assad regime in the period between August 2016 and August 2020.

The rights group added that the regime used different forms of violations --...

A cook has gone on trial in Cologne accused of sexually abusing his baby daughter, in Germany's biggest post-war paedophile investigation.

Police say tens of thousands of people in paedophile networks viewed the pictures that Jörg L, 43, posted on the Swiss secure messaging service Threema.

A raid on his home last October in Bergisch Gladbach, near Cologne, led police to investigate dozens more alleged paedophiles.

His wife will testify against him.

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On Sunday morning, 16 August 2020, Israeli authorities announced complete closure of the Gaza sea, allegedly in response to the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), declared the immediate and complete closure of the Gaza Sea, starting from Sunday morning until further notice.

This decision followed the Israeli authorities’ former decisions to reduce the fishing...

A Palestinian woman has died of a gunshot wound after being shot near the site of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops in the illegally occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

"Dalia Ahmed Suleiman Samudi, 23, died of serious injuries sustained by bullets from the occupation forces," the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement on Friday, using the term used by Palestinian officials to refer to the Israeli army.

Palestinian security sources said...

An attorney who was found dead Monday is the suspect in a shooting at US District Judge Esther Salas' home, the US Attorney's Office in New Jersey said Monday afternoon.

Salas' son was killed and her husband injured in the Sunday attack at the family's home in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

The FBI identified Roy Den Hollander as the "primary subject," and said that he is dead, the US Attorney's office said in a statement. Den Hollander was a lawyer who once argued a case before...

By order of the municipality of West Jerusalem, the Palestinian Abu Turki family, on Saturday, continued to self-demolish their two homes in the Jabal al-Mokabber village in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources.

The Abu Turki family told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) that they began to demolish their two homes, on Friday evening, to having to pay the municipality “demolition fees” if the authorities were to knock down the homes.

The two homes are...

Israeli police detained Jerusalem governor Adnan Ghaith on Sunday in a raid on his home, according to a local NGO.

Police raided Ghaith’s home in Silwan neighborhood in Jerusalem and took him into custody, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement.

It was not yet clear the reason for the arrest.

This is the third time the Jerusalem governor has been detained by Israeli forces this year. Ghaith had been briefly arrested in April and May.

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The Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian civilians, over night Saturday, and Sunday morning, from across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society reported.

Two Palestinian civilians, identified as, Amir Abu Zina, and Issam Al-Natsheh, were detained by the Israeli army, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

It added that in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, the Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinian civilians, identified as Ali Hussein Odeh,...

A new report by a British think tank said there could over 10 times the number of victims of modern slavery in the UK than previously estimated.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) released a report estimating at least 100,000 victims – far more than the 10,000 estimated by the government in 2017.

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague wrote in the report: “Most people find it hard to believe that, nearly two hundred years after Britain formally abolished slavery, the terrible...

According to Palestinian figures, more than 700,000 Jewish settlers now live on 196 settlements across occupied West Bank.

Israeli settlers on Thursday vandalized Palestinian vehicles in a suspected “price tag” attack in the occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian official.

“Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the town of Allubban near Nablus city and attacked Palestinian vehicles,” Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the...

The Israeli forces detained today 18 Palestinians in raids throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

It said forces detained three Palestinians from Isawiyyeh and Silwan neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and two more from the Jerusalem-area Beit Anan village located outside the Israeli-demarcated city s.

In the West Bank, the Israeli army detained three people in Ramallah, including a female university student and...