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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered state forces to destroy Daesh-linked terrorists who are using dozens of civilians as human shields as military operations in Marawi enters a fifth week. Duterte told troops not to be concerned if they kill civilians and that it was the responsibility of civilians to seek cover or flee. He also told troops to keep engaging the Maute group although civilians are still trapped in the war zone, as he assured forces not to worry about potential...

In the wake of 9/11, the Central Intelligence Agency paid a pair of military psychologists $81 million to develop and execute a slate of “enhanced interrogation” techniques that would be used on suspected terrorists for years to come. Although the program has by now been brought into the light, the story of these two men has remained largely out of sight until now. Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell have been called the architects of the interrogation tactics — today decried as...

A Dutch court on Tuesday ruled that the government was “partially liable” for the deaths of some 300 Muslim men during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Hague Appeals Court judge Gepke Dulek ruled that Dutch soldiers “deprived 300 Bosnian men of the chance of survival" by taking them out of the UN military camp. The court also ruled that 30 percent of the compensation demanded by the relatives of the victims should be covered by the Dutch government.

The decision by a Dutch court of...

Yemen's government has opened an investigation into alleged torture and forced disappearances by the United Arab Emirates and its allied Yemeni forces in the country's south. Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr on Saturday ordered a six-member committee, chaired by Justice Minister Mohamed Omar, to focus its probe on areas recaptured from Houthi fighters and their allies.

The panel has 15 days to conclude its investigations and report back to Dhagr. The reports of abuses were...

Two miles south of the charred skeleton of Grenfell Tower is a large complex of sleek new apartments that some of those displaced by last week’s inferno will soon be able to call home. Kensington Row’s manicured lawns, clipped trees and burbling fountains are a haven from the rumbling traffic of two busy London thoroughfares, and its spacious, air-conditioned foyers a relief from June’s oppressive heatwave. Four unfinished blocks house the 68 flats purchased by the Corporation of London for...

Concurrent, killer cholera outbreaks in East Africa and Yemen are compounding famine risk in three countries, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned UN Member States today. Speaking during a High-Level Panel on Famine in East Africa and Yemen during the opening day of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy, warned that cholera was already diverting resources and focus away from efforts...

Police in central India have arrested 15 Muslim men and charged them with sedition - punishable by life in prison - for celebrating Pakistan's victory over India in the Champions Trophy cricket final. The men, aged 19 to 35, were arrested in central Madhya Pradesh state's Burhanpur district after locals complained that they shouted pro-Pakistan slogans and lit firecrackers after the match ended on Sunday night. "We received a complaint from a local Hindu man who accused them of celebrating...

After Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, Riyadh made clear it wanted nothing to do with its tiny Arab neighbor. Trade is cut off, planes headed to Qatar can’t fly through Saudi airspace, and now, even Qatari camels in Saudi Arabia must go. After the deportation order was handed down, thousands of camels were trapped at the border for days with little food or water.

“The camels were starving. Some of the males were fighting and in very bad condition,” one irate...

Faroe Islanders have launched their annual hunt, killing whales and dolphins by hand and turning the sea blood red in the process. The centuries-old slaughter has been slammed by activists across the world.
The process, known as Grindadráp, or Grind, involves dozens of pilot whales and dolphins being driven into shallow waters by fishermen in boats and dinghies each year. From there, a group of people in the water and on the beach pull the mammals closer to shore, where they are killed...

Germany is planning a new law giving authorities the right to look at private messages and fingerprint children as young as 6, the interior minister said on Wednesday after the last government gathering before a national election in September. Ministers from central government and federal states said encrypted messaging services, such as WhatsApp and Signal, allow militants and criminals to evade traditional surveillance. "We can't allow there to be areas that are practically outside the law...

Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after funding cuts by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, a minister said Monday, worsening an already severe shortage in the city that is under Israeli blockade. Gaza's 2 million residents already get by with only four hours of electricity a day. In an effort to push his Hamas rivals out of power, Abbas says his West Bank government will stop paying Israel to provide electricity. Hamas officials warned of grave consequences Monday if...

The Israeli Knesset extended for another year the Citizenship and Entry Law, which prohibits issuing entry permits to Israel under the family reunification application. Commenting on the extension, a Palestinian official said this is the ninth year in a row that Israel extends the ban.

The spokesman for the Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission, Waleed Wahdan, said the Israeli authorities’ refusal to reunite thousands of Palestinian families is a political decision, even though the...

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is escalating at an alarming rate, with experts warning that a child is now infected with the disease every 35 seconds, according to Save the Children. Grant Pritchard, the charity’s director in Yemen, warned the country is on “the verge of total collapse” as a combination of near-famine conditions and crippled infrastructure fuel the spread of cholera. Over the past two weeks, the rate of infection has more than tripled, according to Save the Children. It...

A Teenage schoolgirl has been banned from lessons for breaking uniform rules by wearing leggings to combat a skin condition. The mum of Elly Bowmer, 13, insists her daughter suffers from an allergy that means she can not wear tights. Sarah Bowner claims she has explained this to staff at Carter Community School in Poole, Dorset. But it has made no difference. She said: "Elly joined Carter just before Easter and wore her leggings with no problems for the first week. But after that, one of the...

Mosul’s children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between U.S.-backed government forces and the Islamic State group in the city’s western half, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Monday. Iraqi forces are in their last push to drive IS militants from the remaining pockets of territory they still hold in the Old City where narrow streets and a dense civilian population are complicating the fight.

The UNICEF Representative in Iraq, Peter Hawkins, said the agency...