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Footage has emerged of a teenager apparently being tortured with a Taser by three police officers. Three deputies have been suspended after the video showed him being repeatedly targeted while being pinned down. Jordan Elias Norris was 18 at the time and claims that he was left with 40 pairs of Taser burns during the ordeal. One of the officers told him ‘I’ll keep doing that until I run out of batteries.’ while another tells him to ‘stop resisting’.

According to police he spent three...

A disgruntled husband killed his wife during their cruise-ship vacation because “she would not stop laughing at me,” according to newly filed court papers. Kenneth Manzanares attacked his wife, Kristy, inside their cabin aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship Tuesday night, according to an affidavit filed Wednesday in Alaska federal court. A witness told authorities that when he entered blood-splattered Cabin D726 — where the Manzanareses were staying — Kristy, 39, was lying on the floor in...

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Discussing Friday's report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic," Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser at the UK-based organisation, told Al Jazeera that Muslims in the western half of the...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday indicated that he would push for the shutting down of the Jerusalem office of Doha-based news network Al Jazeera, accusing the network of inciting violence in its coverage of incidents at al-Aqsa mosque. “The Al Jazeera network continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount,” he wrote in a Facebook post using the Jewish term for the Haram al-Sharif compound. “I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al...

Israeli MK Yair Lapid has said that the Jordanian doctor who was killed by an Israeli embassy security guard in Amman did not harm anyone, Shehab News Agency reported yesterday. According to Israeli media Lapid, the head of Yesh Atid party and former finance minister, said: “It would be appropriate if Israel expressed sadness over the death of the Jordanian doctor who did not harm anyone and was killed by a stray bullet”.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the guard killed the...

Three schools in Texas are reintroducing corporate punishment for bad behaviour. Staff will be able to use a wooden paddle to beat disobedient students in Three Rivers Schools District, which educates children from four to 18 at its elementary, junior and senior high schools. The child will receive one paddling for each misdemeanour, such as not following rules in the classroom or not obeying teachers. When parents enrol their children, they will be asked whether they consent to the use of...

A bill that would criminalise boycotts against Israel has been signed by 45 US senators and 237 congressman. The so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” would impose fines of up to $250,000 (£192,000) on any US citizen “engaged in interstate or foreign commerce” who supports a boycott of Israeli goods and services. The US has long defended Israel in territorial disputes in the Middle East, even as the Israeli military has expanded into areas assigned to the Palestinians by international law....

The Gaza Strip’s healthcare system is failing amid an ongoing electricity crisis that has seen the territory’s two million people forced to cope with just a few hours of power a day amid sweltering summer temperatures. In June, Israel began sharply reducing the electricity supply to Gaza – a step human rights groups said was illegal, since Israel, as the occupying power, is responsible for the welfare of the civilian population. This came after the Palestinian Authority drastically reduced...

For the first time in 50 years, Friday prayers were not observed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after Israel closed the compound following a gun attack that killed two Israeli policemen. Palestinian Muslims gathered outside the Old City walls prayed on mats that they laid on the streets and protested the Israeli decision. The crowd later dispersed peacefully. Meanwhile, Israeli police detained Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammad Hussein near the mosque. The Mufti was taken into...

An Israel Defence Forces (IDF) medic who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing a Palestinian assailant has been released to house arrest. In March 2016, 20-year-old Elor Azaria shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in the head when he was wounded and immobilised on the ground, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. He was found guilty of manslaughter by a Tel Aviv military court in January 2017.

His sentence is being considered by a military court of appeals, and will be decided...

At least 547 children in Germany's world-famous Regensburger Domspatzen boy's choir have been confirmed as victims of sexual and physical abuse, a final report on one of the biggest catholic abuse scandals in the German history showed on Tuesday. There was for decades a "system of fear" with beatings and sexual abuse, according to the report, released after a two-year inquiry that spanned cases between 1945 and the early 1990s.

Seven years after the first cases became public, the...

Artists and activists continue to push back against Radiohead, two days before the band goes ahead with a gig in Tel Aviv. On Monday, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh condemned Radiohead’s intransigence toward Palestinians. “As the lights go out in Gaza and Palestinian cancer patients die because they are denied travel permits by Israel, while a Palestinian poet in Israel lives under house arrest for a poem she wrote on Facebook, while a young circus performer from the West Bank...

A police department has launched an investigation after an officer was filmed repeatedly beating a homeless woman with a baton as he arrested her. The footage shows Katie McCrary screaming as she is struck 12 times within 30 seconds by the officer, who yells "put your hands behind your back" and threatens to shoot her. Police had been called to reports of a woman begging for money from customers at a petrol station in Decatur, a city in the US state of Georgia. The clip, filmed by an...

The deeply unpopular Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is helping Israeli occupation authorities inflict horrendous suffering on people in the blockaded Gaza Strip, as part of a cruel and cynical political game. It is a campaign that in recent weeks has led to the deaths of more than a dozen Palestinians denied medical treatment outside Gaza – the most recent, a little girl called Yara Ismail Bakhit. Israel and Abbas are doing this with the complicity of a so-called international...

Survivors of the 1941 pogrom of the Romanian city of Iasi will for the first time be eligible to receive a pension from the German government, the Claims Conference said on Thursday. The decision follows negotiations between the Holocaust restitution group and the German government and will also apply to survivors of the so-called "death trains" and those who had lived in the open ghettos of the city following the massacre.

The pogrom against the Jews of Iasi began on June 28, 1941,...