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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...

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...