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Angelica (not her real name) is a 30-year-old caregiver from the Philippines – and if she wants to keep her job, she’s not allowed to conduct a romantic relationship. When her 9-month-old son was 2 months old, Angelica was forced to leave him with her family in the Philippines. She hasn’t seen him since.

For a foreign caregiver in Israel, relationships and family life aren’t possible. Most of these workers are from Asia and Eastern Europe; they come to save money to support their...

After 28 years of failure, Italy has finally made torture a crime. But there’s little to celebrate. The compromise text, finally approved on July 5 by the Chamber of Deputies after four years of tough negotiations, falls short of the bar set by European and international bodies of which Italy is a member and fails to meet international law standards. The flaws rest with how the law defines the scope of the crime and the statute of limitations.

Diverging from the definition provided by...

Israeli authorities have approved plans for the construction of 800 new housing units for Jews in illegal housing settlements across occupied East Jerusalem. The scheme includes plans to build 560 new units in Ma'ale Adumim, 140 in Ramot and about 100 in Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev settlements. The decision taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday will further raise tensions with Palestinians, who say that settlement expansion is a...

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee condemned Israel’s occupation activity in East Jerusalem. The Jordanian-sponsored resolution called Israel the “occupying power” and said that the UN “regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunnelling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law,” the Times of Israel reported, citing the...

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday a hospital can discontinue life support to a baby suffering from a rare genetic disease. His life support will be switched off Friday, his parents said. Born in August, Charlie Gard has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Caused by a genetic mutation, it leads to weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, among other symptoms, with a poor prognosis for most patients. Charlie is on life support and has been in...

Cardinal George Pell, a senior adviser to Pope Francis and the Vatican treasurer, is taking leave from the Vatican to fight historical sexual assault charges in his home country of Australia. The case is the latest black mark against the Catholic Church, which has been reeling from sexual abuse scandals across several countries that date back decades. It could also have ramifications for Pope Francis, who counts Pell among his closest aides.

Australian police have not released a...

The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria that require a "close" family or business relation in the U.S. for visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries, according to The Associated Press. The action comes after the Supreme Court decided Monday to allow part of a travel ban on refugees and immigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee admittance program. The court will hear the full case during its fall...

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...