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Home-sharing platform Airbnb has announced it will back off a plan to remove Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank from its rental listings to end lawsuits brought by the hosts.

Israeli lawyers filed a class action suit against Airbnb in November immediately after it said it planned to remove from its rental listings Jewish settler homes in the West Bank "that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians".

On Tuesday, the company said the agreement...

Around 40 children have been killed and many injured in one year of demonstrations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the UN said Thursday, calling for an "urgent de-escalation".

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered at least weekly along the border in protests that have led to deadly clashes with the Israeli military.

Demonstrators are calling for Israel to lift its crippling decade-long blockade of Gaza, while also demanding refugees be allowed to return to...

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologised for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during colonial rule in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda.

The "métis" children born to Belgian settlers and local women were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders and other institutions.

About 20,000 children are believed to have been affected.

Most fathers refused to acknowledge the paternity of their children.

The children...

Rights group Amnesty International has accused four Nordic countries renowned as bastions of gender equality of having 'shockingly high levels of rape'.

Investigators looked at rape cases in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and said flawed legislation, harmful myths and gender stereotypes had resulted in 'endemic impunity' for perpetrators.

Amnesty said victims were routinely being failed by investigators thanks to inconsistent techniques and delays in processing evidence....

Around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017, according to a global report on the food crisis on April 2. 

“Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are in just 8 countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In 17 countries, acute hunger either remained the same or increased," said the report jointly presented by the European Union,...

A Palestinian man was killed during a clash with Israeli forces in a refugee camp near Jerusalem yesterday night amid the arrest of three brothers.

Mohammed Adwan, 23, was killed by Israeli gunfire whilst two others were wounded.

Soldiers fired at close range at a Palestinian vehicle driving at al-Matar Street, killing Adwan in his car.

He was killed on the scene and his corpse was rushed by ambulance to Ramallah Medical Complex.

Locals added Israeli forces denied...

Saudi political prisoners suffered torture and malnutrition, according to leaked medical reports prepared for King Salman, the Guardian newspaper has reported.

The medical reports are understood to have been prepared for the king along with recommendations that include potential pardoning for the prisoners or early release due to health concerns.

The medical examinations included in the report are believed to have been conducted in January for up to 60 prisoners as part of an...

The Assad regime is targeting health facilities, bakeries, schools and civilian settlements in northwestern Syria’s opposition-held city of Idlib, a human rights watchdog said Thursday.

According to a new report released by Amnesty International, the Syrian regime, backed by Russia, has escalated its airstrikes and artillery attacks on heavily-populated areas located along the Damascus-Aleppo Highway.

In the report, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director, Lynn...

The protection of the Constitution should be allowed to save according to the will of the German interior Minister, Horst Seehofer (CSU), in the future, information about radicalised children. This is yet prohibited.

Situations where it comes to children, shall be now held in the files of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution (BfV). An entry in the Message information system (NADIS) is not allowed.

The idea behind the current minimum age limit of 14 years...

The sister of a woman who spent some of her final hours waiting in a New Brunswick emergency room says she believes the wait contributed to her death.

Donna Bordage says Marianne Porter waited for 11 hours in the Moncton Hospital before being seen.

Bordage said her sister spent that time hunched over and moaning in pain, and she believes the wait contributed to her death only hours later.

“She was having a hard time breathing, she was visibly uncomfortable, she couldn’t...

U.S.-backed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists have murdered hundreds of innocent civilians in its latest attacks on Syria under the pretext of fighting Daesh.

Horrific images have emerged of the aftermath of the PKK attack on the Baghouz enclave in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, showing hundreds of corpses, once more revealing the brutality of the terror group.

There is no one left to bury the bodies, say local sources, adding that the PKK used white phosphorus in the attacks...

Police in southern Germany said on March 21 they have released one man detained as part of a child pornography investigation, but are asking a court to keep another in jail on suspicion that he distributed banned material online.

The men were detained in the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg on Wednesday.

Police and prosecutors also searched 10 premises, including a child care center, according to German news agency dpa.

Authorities said the material found involved young boys...

A Danish MP has spoken out after being told to remove her baby from the parliament’s chamber.

Mette Abildgaard said it was the first time she had brought her five-month-old daughter to work, as her father could not step in to take care of her.

Pia Kjaersgaard, parliament speaker and ex-leader of the right-wing Danish People’s Party, reportedly told her she was “not welcome” with her baby.

Ms Kjaersgaard said clearer guidelines should be given for MPs with children.

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A group of Turkish entrepreneurs have lost a High Court case which they brought against the Home Office over a change to immigration rules last year.

The Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople had brought the judicial review challenge claiming the Home Office had acted unlawfully in imposing additional requirements on Turkish business people and their dependants if they wanted to obtain indefinite leave to remain.

However on Monday Justice James Dingemans dismissed the judicial...

Up to 382 children have been sexually abused by clergy in Poland since 1990, the Polish Catholic Church has revealed.

It made the claim as it presented findings of an investigation at a press conference on Thursday.

As many as 198 of the victims were below the age of 15, the report said.

“This is an especially painful, tragic issue as it is connected with consecrated people, who devoted themselves to serving the church, other human beings. They have social trust and this...