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Sexism, harassment and violence against women are widespread in European parliaments, according to a study published on October 16.

The findings in the study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe are based on interviews with 123 women -- 81 MPs and 42 parliamentary staff members -- from 45 European countries.

While the sample size was relatively small, the findings offer a snapshot into a work culture involving threats of...

Israel’s Ambassador to Paris, Aliza Bin-Noun, has been at the centre of a “censorship” storm, reported Ynet, after lobbying a French television channel to pull a report on Palestinians shot by the Israeli army in the occupied Gaza Strip.

The item, “Gaza’s disabled teens”, was broadcast on France 2 and “discussed the stories of several young Palestinians who had lost their legs after being shot by IDF snipers and who spoke of their broken dreams" Ynet reported.

“One of the teens...

Catholic priest in the Diocese of Erie is charged with sexually assaulting two boys, including an altar boy whom the priest allegedly abused after Mass on Sundays and then made go to confession to describe the incidents, authorities said.

Rev. David Poulson, 64, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced at a press conference on October 16.

Prosecutors said...

One Palestinian killed, eight injured in Israeli attacks, Hamas says it's an attempt to undermine truce.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, Naji Ahmad al-Zaneen, 25, was killed in the attack in northern Gaza early on October 16.

Among the wounded are six children who were on their way to school in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

Palestinian sources said several rockets fired by Israeli warplanes targeted sites south of Gaza City, while another blast rocked the central...

With one in every nine people – or 821 million – in the world undernourished hunger is on the rise again, signalling a reversal of trends after a prolonged decline.

Climate change, high cost of nutritious food and rising obesity are eroding many years of progress in fighting malnutrition and hunger.

As the world marks World Food Day today and dedicates itself to achieving zero hunger by 2030, below are some key facts from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and Food...

Denis, 6, applied for a residence permit in Sweden. The boy applied as accompanying his mother, who in turn applied for affiliation with a partner.

Denis is a Ukrainian citizen, just like his mother, who was found dead in an apartment in Södertälje on March 10 earlier this year. The police arrested a man suspiciously suspicious of murder, which is the weakest suspicion.

Today, Denis lives with his grandparents, who have lived in Sweden for six years and have applied to adopt...

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on October 16 called on his fellow ministers to approve a large-scale military campaign against the Hamas in Gaza in light of ongoing riots and violence along the Strip’s security fence.

“I’ve held a series of meetings with the head of the Southern Command, the head of the [Gaza] Division, the brigade commanders, the battalion commanders, also with soldiers. My impression is that they all have reached the understanding that the situation as it is...

Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

If acted upon, the move would follow a recent policy shift by the US that has drawn criticism internationally.

Mr Morrison said Australia remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Political opponents said Mr Morrison's comments were a "deceitful" ploy for votes ahead of a crucial by-...

Germany's far-right the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party wants to set up online portals across the country where schoolchildren can denounce teachers who speak against the party.

The far-right AfD's Hamburg chapter last month launched an online portal called Neutral Schools, where pupils can lodge anonymous complaints about school staff seen to be breaching political neutrality and criticizing the party. 

According to local media reports, the AfD also wants to roll out the...

A woman had a swastika carved onto her stomach by supporters of the far-right Brazilian presidential candidate.

The three attackers used a pocket knife to etch the Nazi symbol into her skin in retaliation for her wearing a top slamming controversial contender Jair Bolsonaro.

The 19-year-old, who was wearing a #NotHim t-shirt, was targeted by a group of men claiming to support Bolsonaro in Porto Alegre on October 8.

She told police she was getting off a bus and about to...

A French man and his guide dog being kicked out of a supermarket has sparked outrage on social media in France.

"Sir, I have hygiene standards to respect, I cannot accept any animals in the store.” This is what a supermarket employee told Arthur Aumoite, a visually impaired man, when he tried to enter a Monoprix store in Marseille with his guide dog Loya to buy groceries.

Aumoite posted a four-minute video of the interaction on his Facebook page on October 8 along with a post...

Extreme weather conditions during Syria's seventh year of conflict has caused domestic cereal production to decline sharply, two UN agencies announced on October 10.

Wheat production this year fell to a 29-year low of 1.2 million tons, about two-thirds of 2017 levels.

This was due to an extended period of dry weather early in the cropping season followed by heavy out-of-season rains, according to the latest Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), conducted jointly by...

In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state.

The case highlights Israel's concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. 

The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials.

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-...

A former soldier and bodyguard to Prince Harry has been spared jail despite downloading images of child sexual abuse, after a judge praised his “examplary” service record.

Timothy Murfitt, 47, used search terms including “toddler”, “kids” and “baby girl pics” to seek out more than 10,000 images. He was given a suspended sentence at Maidstone crown court by Judge Martin Huseyin, who said: “You spent a great deal of your life protecting people from harm. You had an exemplary military...

Every three days, the al-Natour family has two hours to stock up on water.

Mohammed, 54, his wife, Khitam, who is in her 40s, and their four daughters and two sons use this precious window to fill containers for all of their drinking and cleaning needs. They need to do this quickly before the tap runs dry again in their home in the al-Shati refugee camp in the north of Gaza. Their situation in Gaza is not uncommon.

Like the Natours, thousands of families face severe shortages...