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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,...

Last month, the Washington DC-based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PRS) released a landmark study concluding that the death toll from 10 years of the “War on Terror” since the 9/11 attacks is at least 1.3 million, and could be as high as 2 million.

The 97-page report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning doctors’ group is the first to tally up the total number of civilian casualties from US-led counter-terrorism interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The PSR report...

A jury refused Tuesday to indict a white police officer in Iowa, after he shot and paralyzed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop last month.

Lucas Jones will not face charges for shooting Jerime Mitchell, 37, who remains at hospital in neighboring Nebraska.

The decision marks the second time since last year Jones was cleared after using deadly force.

The prosecutor said Jones was acting in self-defense after Mitchell confronted him when stopped on Nov. 1.

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Google must urgently review its search ranking system because of “compelling” evidence that it is being “manipulated and controlled” by rightwing propagandists, leading academics have said, after the Observer reported that hate sites are now dominating searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women.

Cathy O’Neil, a data scientist and the author of Weapons on Math Destruction, said that unless Google acknowledged responsibility for the problem, it would be a “co-conspirator” with the...

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) on Monday evening passed the preliminary reading of a controversial bill that would legitimize illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The measure, known as the Regulation Bill, was approved by 60-49 votes after a raucous debate.

It must now pass three additional votes by the Knesset before it becomes law.

The bill is reportedly opposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

The...

What began as a harrowing account of child abuse suffered by a former professional English soccer player last month has lifted the lid on what could be one of the worst pedophile scandals Britain has ever known.,

As the inquiry that shocked Britons keeps growing "on a daily basis", child protection sources within Operation Hydrant, the national police body investigating the abuse allegations, reported that 55 professional and non-league clubs are so far involved in the investigations...

France's mercurial relationship with technology and the internet is in the news once again. This time it's because a man was going to pro-ISIS websites with regularity. Facing a two year sentence, the suspect said that he was simply curious and wanted to "tell the difference between real Islam and the false Islam," France Bleu reports.

However, the evidence doesn't support his claims. Local media says that the wallpaper on his computer was ISIS' Daesh flag, his password was a...

Journalist Ed Ou has travelled the world for his work, and he's had his share of run-ins with authorities in Somalia, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt.

But he wasn't expecting problems getting into the United States. In October, the CBC assigned the freelance reporter to cover the protests in Standing Rock, N.D., over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

He didn't make it past U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at the Vancouver Airport, where his phones and notebooks were inspected by agents....

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Executive Council (EC) adopted by vote a decision that expresses grave concern about and condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, calls on all parties identified in the OPCW-United Nations (UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reports as responsible for chemical weapons use to desist immediately and authorises additional inspections at selected sites and facilities of...

Civilians in regime-besieged neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo have faced severe bread shortages since Saturday, according to a local civil defense official.

"Only three bakeries are still functioning to meet the needs of thousands of city residents," Najib al-Ansari, a pro-opposition civil defense official based in Aleppo, told Anadolu Agency.

"The bakeries don’t have the capacity to meet the demand for bread in eastern Aleppo," he said. "Few local residents are able to benefit...

The U.K. government says a contentious internet surveillance bill that creates databases of Britons' online activity has become law.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers Tuesday that the Investigatory Powers Bill had received formal royal assent. It was passed by Parliament earlier this month.

Civil liberties groups have condemned the bill, which requires telecoms companies to keep for a year records of the websites users visited and the apps and messaging...