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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...

The government has said it will officially open a criminal inquiry against 20 French soldiers and officials linked to the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi population that claimed over a million lives.

The genocide in Rwanda, which was backed by the government at the time, was allegedly facilitated and fueled by French diplomats and soldiers who provided training and arms to the country’s militia, according to the government.

Although the French government has desisted from commenting...

Up to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours as Syrian government forces continued to advance in the rebel-held part of the city, according to the Red Cross.

Terrified civilians have fled empty-handed into remaining rebel-held territory, or crossed into government-controlled western Aleppo or Kurdish-held districts.

The 20,000 figure is an estimate and could increase as "people are fleeing in different directions", International Committee of the Red Cross...

Scores of demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday as U.S. fast-food and airport workers led nationwide 'Fight for $15' protests calling for higher pay and union rights in their first major action since Donald Trump was elected president.

Trump, an international property developer and reality TV star with no government experience, swept into power with promises of creating jobs, especially for downtrodden Americans.

The president-elect - who at various times on the campaign trail...

One of the leading figures of the child pornography network in Norway received three years in prison for confessing and pleading guilty to the crime.

According to Norwegian broadcaster TV2, the 24-year-man was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison by Bergen County Court for sexually abusing 18 children in Norway.

His victims were children, both girls and boys, between the ages of 13 and 16. The verdict is reportedly based on the rape of three under 16-year-old...

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said rebel-held parts of Aleppo had received no aid since the beginning of July, and food was becoming scarce.

Supplies provided by the World Food Programme ran out on 13 November and aid from other agencies is dwindling, "effectively leaving eastern Aleppo city without food," he said.

The UN said it is "extremely concerned" about the estimated 275,000 civilians trapped in "horrific conditions".

"We urge all parties to the conflict to put an...

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian lawmaker early Monday during a raid on his home in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

In a statement, the Change and Reform political bloc of Palestinian resistance group Hamas (which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007) confirmed that its representative, Azzam Salhab, had been detained by Israeli authorities.

According to figures from the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission, Salhab's detention brings to eight the...

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has pointed out that 17 of about 110 fires that took place in the past few days, had been caused by arsonists.

Israel official Radio station “Kol Yisrael” quoted Lieberman on Sunday as saying“We need to not just rebuild as many houses as we can but to expand the settlements. The best answer to this situation is expanding the settlements”,adding “For every house destroyed, we will build more and bigger homes”.

During his visit to the...

At least 86 people have been killed and 30,000 displaced as violence continues unabated in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighbouring Bangladesh this week with some feared drowned after a boat sank in a river during a bid to flee escalating violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced about 30,000.

Some Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the river Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh....

An Israeli court on Wednesday sentenced a 16-year-old Palestinian girl to 13-and-a-half years in prison for allegedly trying to stab an Israeli last year, according to a Palestinian NGO.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Society said in statement that Jerusalem's district court had sentenced Nurhan Awwad, 16, to 13-and-a-half years behind bars -- and a fine of almost $8,000 -- for an alleged knife attack in Jerusalem in November of last year.

"Nurhan was shot and arrested [at the...

The Israeli government is planning to build 7,000 new settlement units in the occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said in a statement the Israeli scheme aims to separate the holy city from its Palestinian surroundings.

“It also aims to increase the number of Jewish settlers in the city and to grab more lands,” it added.

The ministry warned that the Israeli settlement building “shuts all doors to all political solutions...

Norwegian police said on Sunday they are investigating a grotesque pedophilia ring suspected of involvement in the abuse of at least 51 people, which includes the abuse of infants and at least one case of a suspect acknowledging abusing his own children. The latest incident is considered one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in the country's history.

Deputy Police Chief Gunnar Floystad said that in they have arrested 20 men so far, with three convictions, in western Norway. The...

The Catholic Church in Rwanda has apologised for its role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regrets the actions of those who participated in the massacres.

A church statement acknowledged on Sunday that its members planned, aided and executed the genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu hardliners.

"We apologise for all the wrongs the church committed. We apologise on behalf of all Christians for all forms of wrongs we committed....