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The government of Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic set up panels on Thursday to re-examine the number of victims in Srebrenica and Sarajevo during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, a move Western countries view as a push to revise history.

Bosnia is formed out of the Serb Republic and a federation representing its ethnic Croat and Muslim Bosniak communities, under the peace deal that ended the bloodiest of the 1990s wars that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia.

A massacre of Muslim...

Radio France and the news site Mediapart published on Wednesday excerpts of a memo from the DGSE – the French equivalent of MI6 and the CIA – which seems to refute the idea that they knew nothing of the Rwandan genocide as it began to unfold.

The two news organisations published a note from the French exterior intelligence agency in September 1994 saying that two “Hutu extremists” were the main sponsors of an attack that triggered the genocide that year in the eastern African country...

Nuns have suffered and are still suffering sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests and bishops, and have even been held as sexual slaves, Pope Francis confirmed on Tuesday. The abuse was so severe in one case that an entire congregation of nuns was dissolved by former Pope Benedict.

The scope of the abuse of nuns by clergy members first came to light with the publication at the beginning of February of the monthly Vatican magazine "Women Church World." The edition included...

Speaking to the Armenian community at a dinner in Paris, Macron said: “France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face, which was among the first to denounce the killing of the Armenian people, which in 1915 named genocide for what it was, which in 2001 after a long struggle recognised it in law.”

France “will in the next weeks make April 24 a national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide,” he added.

For decades, Armenia and Turkey...

The United Nations and its aid partners, together with the interim Government of Libya, launched a humanitarian response plan (HRP), appealing for $202 million to bring urgent life-saving assistance to some 550,000 women, children and men affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis, UN said in a statement. 

The protracted political crisis that started in 2011 with demonstrations leading to the fall of long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has developed into an armed conflict,...

While more and more women have been entering the job market every year—both formal and informal—they are still facing serious wage discrimination. A Daily Star report published on January 16, 2019 revealed that women workers at the brick kilns in Lalmonirhat district have been getting half the wage their male counterparts get despite doing the same hard work.

The situation is the same for all women workers in the 47 brick kilns of the district. This is fairly representative of the...

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a U.S. official said.

The decision was linked to a Jan. 31 deadline set by new U.S. legislation under which foreign aid recipients would be more exposed to anti-terrorism lawsuits.

The deadline also sees the end of about $60 million in U.S. aid for the Palestinian security forces, whose cooperation with Israeli forces helps maintain relative quiet...

German police on Wednesday said three men have been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing almost two dozen children in the western town of Detmold.

Police said the men abused at least 23 children aged between 4 and 13 over a period of 10 years, but authorities are concerned there may be more victims.

Much of the abuse, which involved producing pornographic material, took place at a campsite where one of the alleged perpetrators permanently lived.

Investigators have...

The cold has killed close to 30 children in two months among the civilians who have been fleeing the last jihadist pocket in eastern Syria, the United Nations said Thursday.

The World Health Organization said it was extremely concerned by the conditions for those who make it to Al-Hol, where lies the main camp for people displaced by the fighting against the ISIS.

"At least 29 children and newborns are reported to have died over the past eight weeks, mainly from hypothermia,...

More than 6700 children have been killed since the outbreak of the Yemen war in 2015, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced yesterday.

“Around 358,000 Yemeni children suffer from severe acute malnutrition,” UNICEF said on Twitter, stressing that the victims required “immediate treatment.”

The UN organisation called for “halting attacks” against children in the war-torn country.

For nearly four years, Yemen has witnessed fierce...

After Navajo woman Jean Whitehorse had her appendix removed in the 1970s, she carried on with her life in the US. However, when she struggled to conceive, she was told she'd also been sterilised. Jean then went on to find out that she wasn’t the only Native American woman this had happened to.

Germain Dosseh is from Togo but was forced to flee his home as a child during civil conflict. After living for 14 years in refugee camps, he was resettled by the UN Refugee Agency to the US....

Ignorance about the Holocaust is growing, particularly among young people.

In the United States, a 2018 survey showed that 66% of millennials could not identify what the Auschwitz concentration and death camp was.

A recent CNN poll in Europe revealed that about a third of the 7,000 European respondents across seven countries knew "just a little or nothing at all" about the Holocaust. In France, nearly 20% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had never heard...

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported 617 million children and adolescents in the world who can not read and count.

This came on the occasion of World Education Day, which falls on January 24 each year.

"The level of education for parents is still a critical factor in achieving university qualification," said Maria Böhmer, president of the German Commission for UNESCO.

"We must intensify the work to serve the...

As many as 20,000 women and girls are feared to have been trafficked from Nigeria to Mali where they are stranded after being forced into prostitution, the head of Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency said on Tuesday.

Julie Okah-Donli, director general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said a fact-finding team from NAPTIP and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had uncovered the extent of the trafficking during a visit to...

Toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals have been found in babies' nappies in France, an investigation has revealed.

Among the concerning findings was glyphosate, a chemical used in weedkiller which was last year deemed to have caused an American man's cancer.

Experts said they found 'dangerously high levels' of substances which could cause harm to children and urged companies to stop using them.

The country's Government has said it will give manufacturers 15 days...