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The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday sentenced Shalom Hazan, a community rabbi in the capital, for committing indecent acts with children under 16.

Hazan was convicted for abusing two boys and two girls, aged 6-12, whom he met at his synagogue where they assisted him with chores and studied Torah. He was ordered to compensate the victims with a sum of NIS 40,000.

The indictment against Hazan was filed nearly a year ago and detailed the manner in which the rabbi groomed the...

A retired French surgeon may have raped or sexually abused as many as 349 children over the 30 years of his career, a prosecutor investigating the case said Friday.

This could be France's biggest-ever paedophilia case.

Joel Le Scouarnec, 68, is planned on trial in March for the rape and sexual abuse of four child victims.

The allegations against him three decades he practised in hospitals across central and western France.

Accusations include the rape a six-year-...

UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian Territory said Thursday that 2.4 million people are in need of assistance, but the UN is targeting just 1.5 million because of funding difficulties.

Jamie McGoldrick held a news briefing in Geneva after Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, and him, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020 in Ramallah, the occupied Palestinian territory, Dec. 11.

"We've put together this plan for next year, which is to...

The number of households considered newly homeless or at risk of becoming so has increased by 11.4% across England in the past year, according to government figures, a rise of almost 7,000 households.

Between April and June 2019, 68,170 households were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness. Of those, 32,220 households were deemed to be homeless – an increase of 23% on the same time period last year.

The number of households living in temporary...

Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic church deals with cases of sexual abuse of children, abolishing the rule of pontifical secrecy that previously covered them.

Two documents issued by the pope back practices that have been in place in some countries, particularly the US, such as reporting suspicion of sexual abuse to civil authorities where required by law.

The documents, which put the practices into universal church law, also forbid...

A sick baby spent 11 hours waiting for a bed at the same hospital rocked by the NHS scandal where a poorly boy was forced to sleep on the floor.

Mum of two Kertu Babik, said she was reduced to tears and left pleading with nurses to see a doctor.

Her three week old baby girl, Blanka, was eventually diagnosed with bronchiolitis and spent a week recovering at Leeds General Infirmary.

The family have decided to speak out in support of the mum who found herself under fire...

A four-year-old boy was forced to sleep on a hospital floor as he waited for more than eight hours in A&E.

Jack Williment-Barr laid down on a coat in Leeds General Infirmary’s emergency department after being taken to hospital with suspected pneumonia.

A photo showing him sleeping on the floor of a clinical treatment room has been widely shared online after it was published by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Sunday.

“It was chaos,” Jack’s mother Sarah Williment, who...

Drawings done in captivity by the first prisoner known to undergo “enhanced interrogation” portray his account of what happened to him in vivid and disturbing ways.

One shows the prisoner nude and strapped to a crude gurney, his entire body clenched as he is waterboarded by an unseen interrogator. Another shows him with his wrists cuffed to bars so high above his head he is forced on to his tiptoes, with a long wound stitched on his left leg and a howl emerging from his open mouth....

Thousands of migrants in Germany have applied for asylum multiple times and return to the country after having been deported, according to a report by German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag published on Sunday.

There are nearly 5,000 asylum-seekers who have reapplied for asylum after being deported from Germany since 2012, according to the report, which cites official government figures. Some of the asylum-seekers willingly left Germany, knowing deportation was imminent. They then...

A Palestinian detainee has died in Israeli prison, a local NGO said Tuesday, blaming the death on medical negligence.

"Sami Abu Diak, 37, died in Assaf Harofeh medical center where he was transferred after his health has deteriorated," the Palestinian Prisoner Society said in a statement.

Abu Diak, from the West Bank city of Jenin, was detained by Israeli forces in 2002 and sentenced to three lifetimes in prison.

According to the NGO, Abu Diak suffered a medical error...

A senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) official who was expelled from Israel over his alleged support for promoting boycotts of the country will continue carrying out his work from a neighbouring country, according to the group.

The Israeli government's decision to expel Omar Shakir, a US citizen who represents HRW in Israel and the  occupied Palestinian territories , was upheld by Israel's top court on November 5, after months of deliberations.

"Despite my deportation today, the...

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that around 12 million children in Yemen need urgent humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF Representative in Yemen Sara Beysolow Nyanti, in a written statement on the occasion of World Children's Rights Day, stated that Yemen is one of the worst countries for children in spite of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Nyanti pointed out that the ongoing conflicts brought the social service across the country to the brink of...

It turns out that a surgeon in France has harassed and raped hundreds of children for thirty years. While some cases of harassment were made while patients were under the influence of anesthesia, the incident was referred to as the 'biggest pedophilia scandal in France'.

The 68-year-old Gastroenterology surgeon, Joel Le Scouarnec, from the Jonzac region of France, has harassed and raped more than 250 children since he started his career.

It was determined that most of the abuse...

Dozens of babies and three mothers died on the wards of a single hospital trust, in what is being described as the largest maternity scandal in the history of the NHS, The Independent can today reveal.

Clinical malpractice was allowed to continue unchecked over a period of 40 years, with repeated failings by doctors, midwives and hospital bosses, according to a leaked internal report.

The investigation singles out the deaths of at least 42 babies and three mothers at Shrewsbury...

More than 100,000 children are currently being held in migration-related detention in the United States, often in violation of international law, the UN said Monday.

Lead author of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Manfred Nowak, said the figure refers to migrants children currently in custody who reached a US border unaccompanied, as well as those detained with relatives and minors separated from their parents prior to detention.

"The total...