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Israel has reportedly suspended all working ties with the embassies of 12 UN Security Council members following the passing of a UN resolution declaring the country’s settlements on Palestinian territories illegal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for Israel’s foreign ministry to temporarily limit working ties with the members who voted in favour of Friday’s resolution, according to CNN.

The resolution said Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem,...

Israel will not abide by the terms of a United Nations Security Council resolution adopted on Friday demanding an end to settlement activity, a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

"Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms," the statement said.

Anas Jibran looks protectively over at his daughter learning how to walk again. He remembers the exact date the five-year-old lost her limb. Reem Anas walks assisted by crutches and a nurse to get used to her new left leg.

Reem Anas and her father are from Termanin, in the Idlib province of Syria.

“On January 25, 2016, there was a Russian airstrike on my village. It was four o’clock in the evening, I had stepped out for 15 minutes,” Jibran says. “When I came back I found the...

An Israeli soldier facing trial for the killing of an unarmed Palestinian teenager that was shown on TV screens around the world may now get away with a slap on the wrist.

Israeli Border Police combatant Ben Dery is charged with manslaughter in the slaying of 17-year-old Nadim Nuwara on 15 May 2014 – Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate their 1948 ethnic cleansing from much of their homeland.

But Israeli media are reporting that the manslaughter charge may now be dropped....

The UN security council has postponed a vote on a resolution that would have demanded Israel halt all settlement activities as a “flagrant violation” of international law.

The plan to call a vote – announced abruptly on Wednesday evening by Egypt, which had been drafting the resolution – was postponed indefinitely a few hours ahead of the planned security council meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Several diplomats and western officials said the Egyptians had been pressured to...

The body of a 16-year-old Arab-Israeli was discovered yesterday morning in a park near the Arab town of Kisra Sumei in the western Galilee of northern Israel, Israeli media reports said.

Israeli media outlet Ynet reported that the teen, Wijdan Abu Ahmed, was pronounced dead at the scene and was reportedly stabbed three times while still wearing her school uniform.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that Ahmed was found with “signs of bodily harm” and that...

Disgraced former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been granted early release after serving five years in prison for rape.

An Israeli parole board agreed Katsav can walk free after serving five years of his seven-year jail term.

"There is no doubt... the prisoner underwent a change," the parole board wrote in its decision. The board previously rejected his parole requests twice.

However, it said it had questioned Katsav about his actions and their consequences, and...

Employees of Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority escorted by Israeli forces raided the Palestinian Bab Al-Rahma cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday and installed a sign forbidding burial in parts of the cemetery which have been claimed to become a national park.

The head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, told Ma’an that the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority crew installed around 10 signs in different areas in the...

The unarmed 73-year-old man killed by Bakersfield police on Monday had a crucifix in his pocket that his neighbors mistook for a gun, authorities have said.

Francisco Serna was killed early on Monday morning while walking around his neighborhood in the southern California city, something his family said he did frequently after having been diagnosed with dementia. Police said they were responding to a 911 call claiming that Serna was armed with a gun, although investigators later...

Human rights are at risk of “unravelling” under unprecedented pressure and the “rhetoric of fascism” is being normalised, the United Nations has warned.

The UN’s human rights chief Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein also described 2016 as a “disastrous year”.

Ahead of the International Human Rights Day on Saturday, Mr Hussein's speech gave a thinly veiled assessment of conflicts in the Middle East and of the recent wave of anti-immigration politics.

“2016 has been a...

Israeli authorities are denying or ignoring a quarter of applications by Gaza cancer patients for Israeli entry-permits via Erez for the purpose of medical treatment in the West Bank, Israel or Jordan.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, cited by Israeli NGO B’Tselem, for January through October 2016, 2,042 of 7,267 applications filed by cancer patients have either been denied or are yet to be answered (28 per cent).

WHO also notes how the number of patients...

Israel has failed to launch a single criminal investigation for torture despite more than 1,000 complaints by victims since 2001.

Last week, the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz revealed that the justice ministry unit responsible for investigating torture complaints, known by its Hebrew acronym Mivtan, employs only one investigator.

Mivtan “has never launched a single criminal investigation against a Shin Bet agent, even though it has examined many hundreds of complaints,” Haaretz...

In the final day of closing arguments at former Bosnian Serb military chief’s trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague on Tuesday, the defence refuted the charge that Ratko Mladic’s troops terrorised the population of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege of the city.

Mladic’s defence lawyer Dejan Ivetic argued that idea that Bosnian Serb forces operated a reign of terror was fabricated by the Bosniak authorities to win international sympathy....

terrorists attacked the home of a Swiss-Turkish family in Zurich on Sunday, the victim told Anadolu Agency.

Mehmet Cek said the culprits harassed his wife and two children for more than 20 minutes when he was not at home.

He received a call from his wife on Sunday while he was participating at a rally in front of the Consulate General of Zurich to protest the deadly terrorist attack in Istanbul the previous day.

"PKK members hit the house's door. My wife, my 9-year-old...

Three high-ranking European Union leaders failed to use the word of “terror” while condemning deadly attacks near a football stadium in Istanbul.

Two explosions rocked the Besiktas district of Istanbul late Saturday when a car bomb was detonated two hours after the end of a Turkish football league match between Besiktas and Bursaspor.

Moments later a suicide bomb attack rocked Macka Park in the same neighborhood. The suicide bomber blew himself up after police noticed him,...