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The leading churches in Jerusalem issued a rare joint statement Tuesday condemning what they called "systematic" Israeli attempts to "weaken the Christian presence" in the city. The statement, signed by the heads of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Lutheran and other churches, condemned an Israeli court decision allowing a pro-settlement group to take control of church land in a mainly Palestinian area of annexed east Jerusalem, as well as a bill in the Israeli parliament relating to...

Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh for the past three days, according to reports citing two government sources in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The sources say the purpose may be to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing the violence. Bangladesh will on Wednesday formally lodge a protest against the laying of landmines so close to the border, the sources - who had direct knowledge of the situation but asked not to be named because of...

As tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees stream across Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh, the Myanmar army’s commander-in-chief has defended clearing Rohingya villages as an essential step in rooting out a small band of militants armed with little more than spears or knives. Myanmar has come under criticism for its actions in Rakhine State, a narrow strip of land across its national border. Since a small group of militants launched attacks against government outposts there on Aug. 25,...

Actress Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem have roused the fury of Hollywood producers, with pledges made to snub the Spanish couple. Oscar-winner Bardem and Cruz signed an open letter speaking against "the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army". The letter accused Israel of "advancing on Palestinian territories instead of withdrawing to the 1967 borders. "Gaza is living through horror… while the international community does nothing." The Spanish letter was signed by...

At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as a military crackdown has destroyed villages and killed hundreds. In recent days, a constant stream of desperate people has marched through muddy fields while attempting to escape the violence. At least 46 Rohingya died last week when boats capsized while crossing a river between the two countries, the Bangladeshi authorities said.

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Some 15 Gaza residents have died since the start of 2017 after Israel denied terminally ill patients the necessary permits to travel outside the besieged Strip for medical treatment. Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights revealed the figures in a statement yesterday, condemning the Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave that has resulted in its healthcare service being brought “to its knees”, in the words of the World Health Organisation. Al-Mezan cited the cases of two women who were refused...

The Nebraska prison system, plagued by years of overcrowding, staff turnover, unrest and violence, has been hit by a lawsuit filed by representatives of the inmates confined in its largest facilities. The lawsuit charges conditions at both men’s and women’s prisons amount to unconstitutional punishment. The lawsuit filed against the Department of Correctional Services calls the state prisons in Nebraska “a dangerous system in perpetual crisis.” Prisoners asking for a hearing claim they are...

A baby dolphin died after being passed around and photographed by tourists who found it stranded at a busy Spanish beach. Curious holidaymakers flocked to examine the calf - some of them taking selfies with the creature - after it washed up in Mojácar, Almeira. They were criticised by a marine wildlife rescue group, which said the dolphin would have been "terrified" and may have been saved if beach-goers been quicker to alert authorities. Pictures emerged of bathers stroking the tiny mammal...

Modern slavery and human trafficking are more prevalent across Britain than previously thought as more international gangs realize they can make significant sums from it, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday. The NCA said there were 300 live police operations into forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, problems which it said affected every large town and city across the country. "We've been shocked by the extent of it," Will Kerr, the NCA's officer in charge of...

Seven civil defense volunteers were shot dead in north-eastern Syria on Saturday, according to a Syrian paramedic group. A spokesman for the Syrian Civil Defense group said gunmen stormed their camp in the town of Sarmin in Idlib province. "The attackers stole two ambulances, helmets and communication devices," Hossam Halaq told Anadolu Agency. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Popularly known as White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense group is active in...

A teacher who admitted sexually abusing a student and plying him with vodka has been released from prison after 195 days. Sarah Lewis pleaded guilty to forcible sexual abuse of a teenage boy at her home in Payson, Utah, and telling the 17-year-old he had to keep their relationship secret. But she was released before being sentenced after her lawyer discovered her crime fit the profile of a lesser offence, and brought it up with the courts, according to local media.

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The European Union is giving millions of dollars of “research” funding to a company that is helping Israel evade an international ban on cluster weapons. Israel has specifically chosen the company, Elbit Systems, to supply new artillery cannons because a European manufacturer would restrict Israel from using cluster munitions. Yet the European Commission, the EU’s executive bureaucracy, is shrugging its shoulders, insisting to The Electronic Intifada that the funding follows ethical...

A convicted child rapist was controversially paid nearly £10,000 by police to spy on the network of men who were sexually abusing young women and girls in Newcastle, it can now be reported. The court was told that Northumbria police paid the man, referred to as XY, £9,680 over 21 months to find out about the times and whereabouts of parties where girls were being plied with drugs and alcohol.

The revelation has prompted criticism from child protection groups, with the NSPCC saying...

Today, US recognize Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on July 31st: Nearly four months after US recognized Equal Pay Day for white women and a full seven months after our white non-Hispanic male counterparts have to work to make the same amount of money. To put these numbers into context, Trump has been in office LESS than seven months. I don’t know about you, but his tenure already feels like an eternity to me, and that “eternity” is less time than it takes the average black woman to earn the...

EasyJet is "urgently" seeking answers from Nice Airport after a man holding a baby was allegedly punched by a member of staff as he endured a more than 13-hour wait to board a flight to London. A spokesman said the airline was "very concerned" after a picture of the incident, taken by fellow passenger Arabella Arkwright, was circulated online.

Mrs Arkwright was returning home to Warwickshire with her husband Johnnie and their children when the altercation took place. She said their...