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The former Irish president's brother was sadistically abused for years by a disgraced priest. The former head of state has shared her feelings about the vile crimes for the first time.

Victims claim that the police in Newry school were alerted to the allegations against Fr Finnegan in 1996 but failed to interview the priest.He died 2002.

She has called for an independent inquiry into the Catholic Church's response to the allegations.

Ms McAleese now wants people who knew...

More than 1,000 children have been killed or injured this year across Syria, a United Nations Children's Fund official told CNN.

The grim statistic, from UNICEF regional communications chief Juliette Touma, comes as violence rips through the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where about a third of the nearly 400,000 besieged civilians are children.

In all, 342 children were killed and 803 were injured in Syria in the first two months of 2018, Touma added.

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Turkish Muslims in Greece say their rights as a minority are being taken away by the state as elected religious leaders are no longer recognised by the government.

At the end of World War One, part of the Ottoman Empire became Greece and under the Treaty of Lausanne, Turkish Muslims who stayed were allowed to elect their own religious leaders.

However, Turkish Muslims' identities and rights in the region of Western Thrace are slowly being eroded. 

 

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Last month, a Syrian child was killed in a regime gas attack in Eastern Ghouta. Now, again Assad regime attacked with chlorine gas in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, according to a Syrian civil defense agency. 

At least 30 people were treated for breathing difficulties after this attack. Several children and women were among the victims of the attack in Hamuriye town on Monday, the White Helmets said in a statement. The civil defense agency said two of its rescue workers were...

A World Health Organization executive says 70 percent of the supplies loaded on its trucks were removed by Bashar al Assad's regime forces during inspection.

A World Health Organization (WHO) executive said that Syrian regime forces removed trauma kits and surgical supplies from trucks that are part of an inter-agency convoy heading into the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta.

The statement from WHO came just hours after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)...

Israeli aircraft on Sunday sprayed herbicides along border with the Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian official.  

“These chemicals cause damage to agricultural crops and harm farmlands,” Nizar al-Wahedi of the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry told Anadolu Agency.  He said the Palestinian ministry was not aware of the composition of the Israeli chemicals being sprayed on Palestinian lands.  

According to Israeli Gisha NGO, the Israeli spraying operations aim to get rid of...

Three 10-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy were among the youngest to wed, under legal loopholes which allow minors to marry in certain circumstances.

The minimum age for marriage across most of the US is 18, but every state has exemptions – such as parental consent or pregnancy – which allow younger children to tie the knot.

In May, the high-profile Republican governor for New Jersey declined to sign into law a measure that would have made his state the first to ban child...

A woman, who had left her home at a Swedish asylum center with her daughter and son, aged 8 and 9, respectively, has been pronounced dead after being found in a southern Sweden forest.

The woman who died Thursday in hospital was “poorly dressed” and that her daughter was in intensive care but not in a life-threatening condition.

The son was found safe and sound Wednesday afternoon.

 

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Dozens of Palestinians staged a rally in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday to protest the killing of a youth by an Israeli gunfire.

A 33-year-old Palestinian, Yassin Omar al-Saradih, died last week, shortly after being detained by Israeli forces from his home in Jericho in the eastern West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

A Forensic Medicine report later found that al-Saradih died by a gunshot fired by an Israeli soldier from a close distance.

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Women in refugee camps in Syria have been forced to offer sexual favours in return for aid from the United Nations, a report has found, in the latest accusation to hit the sector.

Aid workers would allegedly regularly harass and abuse women and girls trying to access humanitarian assistance in the war-torn country, to the point that some stopped asking.

Some victims were allegedly forced to marry locally-hired officials working for the UN and other international charities for “...

Palestinian prisoners held in Israel’s Etzion Prison have been given only one very small meal and one blanket each during the cold winter months, a report by the PLO’s Committee of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners revealed yesterday.

According to the Committee, the meal consists of a small cup of yogurt and a small piece of bread every day, noting that this policy started three days before the report was published.

Detainees also only have one blanket which is insufficient...

In December 2017, a French documentary broadcast by TV channel France 2 featured a group of women who had survived rape and torture in the secret prisons of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. In the 72-minute film titled “Syrie, le cri étouffé” (Syria, the Muffled Cry), the survivors, who are now refugees in Turkey, Jordan and throughout Europe, speak about their arrest and subsequent detention, describing how the Assad regime used rape to settle scores with opponents and subjugate...

The United Nations on Tuesday said its officials "no longer have the words" to express outrage at the killing and suffering of children in the Damascus suburb of opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, where dozens of children were killed in strikes during the past few days.

"No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones," read a comment issued by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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Aid workers traded wheat and life-saving medicines for sex with children in crisis zones, it has emerged.

Humanitarians traded 'oil, bulgur wheat, tarpaulin or plastic sheeting, medicines, transport, ration cards, loans, education courses and skills training' with girls aged 13 to 18.

The report, written in 2001,  shows officials knew of the alleged abuse in Africa a decade before the Oxfam sex scandal, where chiefs were accused of concealing findings of an inquiry into claims...

International aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said on Wednesday it had dealt with 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse among its 40,000 staff last year, and dismissed 19 people as a result.

MSF said it had released the figures to demonstrate transparency after the scandal at British charity Oxfam, whose deputy head resigned this week after The Times newspaper reported some staff working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake paid for sex with prostitutes....