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At least 20 civilians have been killed in an attack by the Assad regime and pro-government forces in Syria’s Daraa.

Government warplanes have pounded towns in southwest Syria in recent days as a Syrian army offensive, backed by Russia, gathers pace.

As part of Astana process, Daraa was one of the de-escalation zones that was established in May 2017 by guarantor countries Turkey, Iran and Russia.

Later in July, the U.S. and Russia reached an agreement to declare Daraa a “...

More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts worldwide last year, while others were raped, forced to serve as soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals, a United Nations report said on June 27.

A total of more than 21,000 violations of children’s rights were reported in 2017 — a sharp increase from the previous year, according to the annual “Children and Armed Conflict” report.

The U.N. blames a U.S.-backed Arab coalition fighting in Yemen...

Butchers in France have asked the government for police protection from animal rights activists, claiming their security was being threatened and that vegans were trying to impose a meat-free lifestyle on the nation.

The French federation of butchers wrote to the interior minister saying shops had been sprinkled with fake blood and covered in graffiti. It claims that a growing media focus on veganism was threatening butchers’ safety.

The letter said France’s 18,000 butchers...

Arrests were made as hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday ahead of a planned visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Twenty-five people were taken into custody after the peaceful organized protest was declared an unlawful assembly by Los Angeles police. Clergy were seen among those being arrested.

Crowds holding signs were given a five-minute warning to disperse by LAPD before the arrests took place, according to authorities. The protesters were...

A number of 18 Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli troops in Nablus, north of the West Bank, said a Palestinian source.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society in a statement that among the injured during clashes with Israeli forces was an individual who was wounded by live bullets while 17 others sustained injury from rubber bullets.

Clashes broke out after dozens of settlers stormed the Prophet Joseph Tomb area to perform Talmudic rituals. 

The tomb is...

Global charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that it needed to make it easier for staff to report sexual misconduct after a media report said employees used prostitutes in Africa, in the latest sex scandal to rock the aid sector.

Eight female ex-MSF employees said in a report by Britain's BBC that MSF had a "toxic" culture, including "blatant and widespread" use of local sex workers by staff, with one man bragging it was easy to barter medication for sex in Liberia.

"We...

The apology over a maternity clothing ad featuring a pre-teen African girl followed criticism and pressure from fellow humanitarian organizations over the "erotizing" and "sexualizing" of the child model.

Plan International Finland and its parent organization, Plan International Global have issued an apology over a high-profile ad campaign involving a pregnant 12 year-old Zambian girl posing in a line of maternity clothing that was the brainchild of Finnish designer Paola Suhonen....

Israeli occupation forces carried out a new punitive house demolition overnight, destroying the family apartment of Palestinian prisoner Alaa Kabha in Bartaa village near Jenin.

Kabha is accused by Israeli occupation authorities of having carried out a car-ramming attack at an occupation army post near a West Bank settlement on 17 March, killing two Israeli soldiers.

According to reports, some twenty Israeli army vehicles invaded Bartaa, with the demolition carried out by ...

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tortured Yemeni prisoners across 18 prisons in Yemen, The Associated Press (AP) revealed on June 21.

Hundreds of Yemeni prisoners were subject to sexual abuse in southern Yemen, where the UAE focuses its foreign policy in Yemen. Fifteen UAE officers ordered Yemeni prisoners to undress and lie down for anal cavity checks, claiming they were looking for contraband mobile phones. The Yemeni prisoners who resisted were beaten until they bled, and threatened...

The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias".

The "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights", said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley.

Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

But activists said the US move could hurt efforts to monitor and address human rights abuses around the world....

Macron told off a teenager during visit to Mont Valerian fort where French resistance members were executed.

Like most politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron seems to enjoy pressing the flesh and posing for selfies when on public outings.

Just don’t call him by a nickname.

A cheeky teen who dared greet him with a breezy “How’s it going, Manu” during an official outing near Paris on Monday was left red-faced after receiving a sharp dressing-down from the 40-year-...

Israeli forces detained head of the security department of the al-Aqsa Mosque and searched the Bab al-Rahma area east of the mosque on June 18.

Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media department at the Islamic Endowment identified the detainee as Abdullah Abu Taleb saying that he was immediately taken to the Chain Gate detention center.

Dibs added that groups of Israeli settlers raided and toured the compound while Israeli forces prevented Abu Taleb from following...

The Syrian regime and allied Russian forces have killed at least 1,109 civilians in northern Syria’s Idlib province since May 2017, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The civilian deaths included at least 255 children and 209 women in at least 233 attacks.

The attacks also targeted 34 medical centers, 50 schools, and 16 marketplaces, SNHR said in a report Wednesday, adding at least 32 massacres have been committed.

Idlib is among a number of de-...

The loud interruptions during a speech of Bosnia-born lawmaker Alma Zadic in Austria's Parliament caused outrage as they were branded sexist and racist, the Der Standard Austrian paper reported on June 12.

Zadic, a lawmaker from the Green Party renegade List of Peter Pilz, had taken the floor on Tuesday to speak about protection of intelligence officials when a lawmaker from the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) interrupted her, yelling out “you are not in Bosnia, don’t mix...

The parole board at Rimonim Prison has denied Ahed Tamimi’s early release request. The 17-year-old Palestinian girl was sent to jail for eight and a half months after slapping an Israeli soldier in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Tamimi’s attorney, Gaby Lasky, wrote in reaction on Facebook, “It’s interesting that the parole board decided it was OK to grant an early release to Elor Azaria (so that he would serve nine months), and a different board prevented Ahed’s release so that...