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Ireland is expected to widen an inquiry into former Church-run homes for unmarried mothers on the orders of the country’s prime minister.

Enda Kenny has described the discovery of remains of babies ranging from new-born to three-years-old at a home in Tuam, County Galway as “truly appalling”.

“This is not something that happened way back at the dawn of history. This happened in some cases in our own time so we need to follow through here as quickly, as effectively and as...

The Burmese authorities may have killed more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims during a recent crackdown on the minority group in the northeast Rakhine state, two unnamed UN officials have told the Reuters news agency. Authorities in Burma launched a military campaign against the Rohingya after militant elements of the group were accused of attacking police border posts in October last year. The government accepts it has killed some Rohingyas in the crackdown but denies allegations of atrocities...

At least 876 civilians were killed last month in war-torn Syria, mostly by the Assad regime and its allies, according to a U.K.-based NGO. According to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, 471 people -- including 79 children and 55 women -- were killed in February attacks by regime forces, allied terrorist groups and Russian aircraft in different parts of the country. Eighteen others were tortured to death by regime forces, the NGO claimed. It went on to allege that some 180...

An Israel Defence Force (IDF) soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing a wounded Palestinian assailant has had his jail sentence postponed. Elor Azaria appealed against his mansaughter conviction and his lawyer asked that the start of his incarceration be deferred until the end of legal proceedings.

Azaria was serving as an army medic in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, when two Palestinians stabbed and wounded another soldier. One assailant was shot dead and the other...

Israel has begun dividing East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by creating a prayer space for Jewish worshippers, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned Wednesday.

"The placement of a glass room inside the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex is a first step toward the spatial division of the mosque," Ahmad al-Ruwaidhi, the OIC's representative in Palestine, said at a Wednesday press conference.

The move, he asserted, "follows the imposition of a temporal...

A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo in December, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria’s largest city.

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria unveiled a report looking at violations by all parties in last year’s battle for Aleppo. It singled out a “particularly egregious attack” in which Syrian warplanes targeted a humanitarian aid convoy.

The...

On Tuesday, Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months in prison for firing a fatal shot to the head of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif who lay incapacitated on a Hebron street, in what Israeli judges found beyond any doubt was an act purely motivated by revenge.

Israel claims that al-Sharif, whose slaying was caught on video, and Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, another youth who was also shot dead in the same incident, had earlier stabbed a soldier at a military checkpoint in the...

A group of activists who occupied a building owned by Oxford University and used the space as a shelter for the city’s homeless population have been evicted. Twenty people have been sleeping at the shelter, which has its own kitchen and showering facilities, since New Year’s Eve. The building has been vacant since it was purchased by Wadham College in 2015 and will eventually be turned into student accommodation.

Iffley Open House, which is run by concerned members of the local...

Amnesty International said on Wednesday hateful rhetoric by politicians has encouraged a rise in discrimination and hate crimes in Europe and the United States.

“2016 was a year marked globally by hateful rhetoric and fear driven politics,” said Claire Mallinson, National Director at Amnesty International Australia.

In its annual human rights report released on Wednesday, Amnesty said, “Many governments and politicians shamelessly blamed the world’s most vulnerable people –...

An Israeli soldier who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian, who was incapacitated having already been shot, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for manslaughter.

Judge Maya Heller of the military court in Tel Aviv delivered the sentencing on Tuesday in a case that has stoked passions, debate and protest.

Analysts had expected Elor Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter one month earlier, to be jailed for fewer than the maximum sentence of 20 years for killing Abed al...

No one bothered to keep the young Palestinian’s family informed — On his way to what was supposed to his final chemotherapy session, last November, he boarded the wrong shared taxi. Discovering his mistake, he got off and ran across the highway to catch a taxi going in the opposite direction. Israel Defense Forces soldiers who may have thought he was going to attack them, shot him, seriously wounding him. For the next three months, he was bedridden in Beilinson Hospital, in Petah Tikva, most...

Australia's Catholic Church has paid A$276 million ($213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday -- the first time the total compensation paid by the church's schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.

A report at a royal commission into institutional abuse said 3,066 victims had received some form of compensation from a Catholic body in the 35 years to 2015.

Cash payments of A$258.8 million...

German police Wednesday searched the homes of four Turkish Muslim preachers on suspicion they spied for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, officials said.

The imams are accused of reporting on Turkish followers of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cult leader who heads an organization on Turkey’s terror list dubbed the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO), directed the coup attempt, according to the Turkish government.

The four imams allegedly passed on information...

The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism taskforce have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.

The purpose of the officers’...

Yingiya Mark Guyula used the anniversary of Kevin Rudd's 2008 apology to the stolen generations to issue a warning about the way Indigenous children were being removed from their families today.

"That legislation was broken by the Government themselves — they broke their own law and that's why I have stood here and I am standing here to say this must stop," Mr Guyula said.

Like other states and territories, the Northern Territory has adopted the Aboriginal Child Placement...