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Protesters gathered outside an appeals court in Ancona, Italy, after a 2017 ruling was unsealed, which revealed that two men were cleared of rape charges because the judges thought the victim was “too masculine” to be desirable.

Women’s groups organized a rally of some 200 people who were outraged by the judges’ belief that rapists wouldn’t pursue someone because they were too masculine.

The ruling was unsealed after being annulled by the Supreme Court of Sassation, the highest...

Hundreds of thousands of homes were left vacant across England for over six months last year as levels of homelessness reached record levels in parts of the country.

The latest figures, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, showed that the number of empty number of empty houses is at its highest in six years, having increased by 5.3 per cent between 2017 to 2018.

In October 2012, the overall number of vacant dwellings stood at 254,059. This...

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations said on March 11.

Medical sources quoted by the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen said the attacks in Kushar district, in Hajja Province, killed 10 women and 12 children and wounded 30 people, including 14 under the age of 18.

“Many of the injured children have been sent to hospitals in Abs district and in Sanaa for treatment...

The U.S. State Department avoided answering a question Thursday on the recent execution of nine men by Egyptian authorities, saying it needed to research the issue more.

Asked by reporters whether the U.S. had anything to say on the matter as well as on reported human rights abuses in the country, spokesman Robert Palladino said he did not have any comment and would like to "gather more information before responding."

"We discuss human rights regularly in all of our...

Nearly 16 million women in Eastern Europe have experienced violence and abuse, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported Wednesday.

The survey results from eight countries found that 70 percent of women age 18-74 have experienced some form of sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, or non-partner violence since the age of 15.

"45 percent of women, or approximately 10.2 million women, have experienced sexual harassment, including...

A French court has found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty for failing to act on accusations against a paedophile priest.

In a surprise decision on Thursday in France’s most important church sexual abuse trial, the Lyon court handed Barbarin a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the facts in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.

The Rev Bernard Preynat’s alleged victims said Barbarin and other church officials covered up for him for...

United States and European weapons are being used by the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition to kill and wound hundreds of civilians in Yemen, a new report by the Yemen-based Mwatana for Human Rights (MHR) has revealed.

The organisation documented 27 unlawful coalition attacks from April 2015 to April 2018 that killed 203 civilians and injured at least 749.

Of the 27 attacks, 22 likely involved weapons produced in the US, two attacks likely involved weapons produced in the United...

Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian home belonging to the al-Halabi family, on March 5, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli settlers raided the al-Halabi family home, where an elderly Palestinian couple lives and who were out shopping for groceries, at the time; the couple was thrown out by settlers upon arrival.

Palestinian youngsters attempted to defend the home from seizure, however, Israeli police assaulted them and fired tear-...

Officials in Germany have defended their decision to seize an indebted family’s pet pug and sell it on eBay, saying the move was a last resort because authorities were unable to find anything else to take.

The incident in the western town of Ahlen prompted criticism on social media from people who felt the decision to take away the family’s dog was heartless.

Germany’s DPA news agency quoted Ahlen’s treasurer, Dirk Schlebes, as saying the seizure was legal and only took place...

United Nations-backed investigators said Israeli soldiers intentionally fired on civilians and could have committed crimes against humanity during a string of crackdowns against Palestinian demonstrators last year in Gaza that left 189 people dead.

Israel rejected their report as "hostile, false and biased."

The independent Commission of Inquiry mandated by the Human Rights Council said more than 6,000 people were shot by military snipers using live ammunition to repel...

Israeli police arrested Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem, in a dawn raid, according to a local NGO and local media.

"The governor was arrested in a raid on his home in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan," the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.

Ghaith was among 21 Palestinians rounded up in overnight raids carried out by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem, Maan news agency reported.

Many of those rounded up were members of the...

“In Yemen today, nearly 1.2 million children continue to live in 31 active conflict zones including Hudaydah, Taizz, Hajjah and Sa’da - in areas witnessing heavy, war-related violence. 

“Not enough has changed for children in Yemen since the Stockholm agreement on 13 December 2018. Every day since, eight children have been killed or injured. Most of the children killed were playing outdoors with their friends or were on their way to or from school. 

“The impact of the conflict...

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of sexual offences in Australia, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction.

Pell abused two choir boys in the rooms of a Melbourne cathedral in 1996, a jury found. He had pleaded not guilty.

The verdict was handed down in December, but it could not be reported until now due to legal reasons.

Pell is due to face sentencing hearings from Wednesday. He has lodged an appeal against his conviction....

One of the Catholic Church's most senior cardinals has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him.

Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai is one of four men organising a major Vatican conference on child abuse this week.

We found two separate cases where the cardinal, who is tipped by some to possibly become the next Pope, is claimed to have failed to respond quickly or offer support to the victims.

Victims and those...

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year.

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo denied the allegations that were in a report published on Feb. 21 by the US-based rights group. 

The report, based on interviews with nearly 80 witnesses, victims' family members, security officials and others, adds to previous...