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Algeria has renewed calls for the return of the skulls belonging to Algerian independence fighters which are currently being displayed in a French museum. “We are working in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to relaunch the commission responsible for monitoring and review of the case,” Mujahedeen Minister Tayeb Zitouni told El Moudjahid on the eve of the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the outbreak of the war of liberation. “The negotiations on this issue, suspended at...

The Pentagon will allow the United States military to once again arm itself with older cluster munitions, a type of weapon that has been banned by 102 countries largely because of concerns that they disproportionately harm civilians. The change, detailed in a memo released on Friday, reverses a prohibition issued under President George W. Bush, and appears to be a concession by the United States that finding safer variants of the weapons has so far failed.

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The US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy to the disputed city, Donald Trump said on Wednesday in a much-anticipated speech. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would produce a different result," said the US president in an announcement. Therefore I have determined that it is the time to officially...

Renowned Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine militant Leila Khaled was stopped by Italian border police in Rome after she disembarked a flight from Amman, according to Italian press reports. She was expected in the Italian capital as well as in the southern city of Naples to give talks on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the PFLP, but was sent back to Amman. Italy’s Department of Public Security issued a statement insisting that the stopping of Khaled was a purely...

The Bosnian Croats gathered in the city of Mostar in commemoration of former Croatian general Slobodan Praljak. He committed suicide by drinking poison upon confirmation of his 20-year jail term for war crimes against Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian War between 1992-1995 while on trial in the Hague. Bosnian Croats attending the commemoration believe Praljak committed suicide because he was an honest man. A Bosnian Croat named Miro was present at the event and said, “Yehuda usually...

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly banned Swiss officials from entering the blockaded Gaza Strip from Israeli territory, according to Israeli media. The ban was issued over recent meetings between Swiss officials and members of Palestinian group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, Israeli Channel Two reported on Wednesday. According to the channel, Swiss representatives recently held talks with Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh and group leader in Gaza Yahya al-...

Pope Francis has avoided referring to Myanmar's persecuted Muslim minority by name in a major speech after meeting the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The leader of the world's Roman Catholics urged reconciliation and "respect for each ethnic group and identity," but did not specifically mention the Rohingya and their plight. Standing alongside Suu Kyi, Francis spoke mostly in general terms. The highly-anticipated remarks will likely please his hosts but may draw condemnation...

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved a bill that allows to sue Israel's boycotters and ask for financial compensation. The Hebrew TV channel Seven reported that the bill allows the Israelis who find themselves affected by the boycott campaigns to demand financial compensation without proof of damage.

The bill is set to be presented to the Knesset for final approval, which means that all left-wing organizations calling for boycotting Israel culturally,...

The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United Nations-backed international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague of 10 offences involving extermination, murder and persecution of civilian populations.

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The chief investigator of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has asked for judicial permission to launch an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, the ICC said.
According to an ICC statement, the investigation will look into crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, as well as any crimes linked the conflict that took place outside it since July 1, 2002. The parties under investigation will be the Taliban and another...

British aid workers in Syria are being stripped of their citizenship by the UK government, Middle East Eye has learnt. At least two aid workers based in northern Syria have been deprived of British citizenship on the grounds that they “present a risk to the national security of the United Kingdom”, according to recent letters sent to their families by Home Secretary Amber Rudd. In another case, a volunteer who has delivered aid into Syria and worked on charity-funded projects there was “...

The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary. Gianluigi Nuzzi’s Original Sin went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy to the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged escapades. The Vatican didn’t immediately comment...

Egypt's feared former security chief is reportedly advising Saudi Arabia's crown prince amid mass arrests of the kingdom's elite and allegations of physical abuse during their detention. Habib el-Adly - who reportedly fled Egypt after his corruption conviction last April - is in Saudi Arabia, the New York Times quoted an Adly adviser and a former Egyptian interior minister as saying. Adly, 79, has been consulting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his alleged corruption crackdown, the...

The BBC has conceded that it should have properly identified the Israel advocacy roles of interviewees featured in a report on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, and acknowledged that the failure to do so constituted a breach of editorial standards.

The finding of the Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) concerned an episode of the BBC Two “Victoria Derbyshire” show broadcast on 27 April, which featured a report by BBC journalist Jon Ironmonger on the support offered by...

Israel announced on Monday it would deny entry to seven members of a delegation of European officials using the recently approved legislation that bars visits by anti-Israel boycott activists.  The 20-member delegation, which was set to arrive in Israel next week, was to include European Parliament members and French mayors. The Interior Ministry's Population, Immigration and Border Authority said seven of the 20 delegation members will be barred from entering Israel, adding it obtained...