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As Europe celebrated the beginning of the end of World War II with Germany surrendering on 8 May 1945, thousands of Algerian men, women and children were mobilised by the French in Algeria to mark the victory of the Allied forces over the Nazis.

Many organisations joined the protest where they held up placards including “End to occupation” and “We want equality”. When a 14-year-old member of the Muslim Scouts, Saal Bouzid, held an Algerian flag, the French on orders from General Duval...

Israeli soldiers assaulted and broke the arm of a Palestinian woman as she tried to prevent them from detaining her son before dawn on Friday, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the home of Bassam Abu Aisha in the Jabal Abu Rumman neighbourhood of Hebron, in order to detain his son Saeed.

During the raid, Bassam’s wife attempted to prevent soldiers from taking her son. The soldiers assaulted her and broke her arm....

A 17-year-old battled for her life May 7 after being raped, doused in kerosene and set on fire, the second such case to shake India as it battles an increase in sexual crimes.

The teenager was attacked on the same day and in the same eastern state of Jharkhand as a 16-year-old who was raped and burned to death.

“The girl has suffered 70 percent first-degree burns. There is a chance that she will survive,” Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur district, told AFP....

An explosion in Gaza killed six people on May 5, Hamas said. It blamed the incident on Israel, which declined comment.

A statement from the Palestinian group’s armed wing called the incident a “deplorable Zionist crime” perpetrated against its people.

“During a complicated security and intelligence operation conducted by Qassam Brigades to investigate a serious and a grave security incident conducted by the Zionist enemy against Palestinian resistance, a deplorable crime took...

According to statistics issued by the information department of Hamas in the West Bank the total number of incursions, raids and roadblocks carried out by Israel’s occupation army reached 718, in addition to 25 cases of demolition and confiscation of property, as well as other violations.

It added that the Israeli occupation forces killed two Palestinians in the West Bank, one in Jerusalem and one in Tulkarm. In addition, 561 Palestinians were injured, 234 of them in Nablus.

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Israeli occupation forces arrested 450 Palestinians, including 11 women and 90 children during April, the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies revealed yesterday.

Two prisoners also died during that period, the centre’s director and former prisoner Riyad Al-Ashqar said.

Israeli occupation arrested 90 children including nine-year-old Anas Qaneebi after raiding his home in Hebron, nine-year-old Mohammed Qatesh after beating him in the street and Firas Al-Natsha, 12, from the...

Israeli occupation bulldozers destroyed a three-storey Palestinian apartment block in the East Jerusalem village of Al-Issawiya displacing 17 Palestinians.

Israeli police protected the municipality team which demolished the house of the Palestinian citizen Jamal Eliyan after pulling off the main doors, raiding the building and forcing the residents out without allowing them to take their belongings.

Eliyan said that the Israeli municipality workers stormed the building without...

Israel’s parliament, or Knesset, voted in favour of a bill that would allow the country’s prime minister to declare war in ‘extreme situations’, the Haaretz daily reported.

The prime minister will only need the defense minister’s approval, it said.

The report did not say how many lawmakers voted in favor of the bill.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the request earlier in the day. The joint committee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Constitution...

In response to petition filed by human rights groups, IDF says its directives 'comply with Israeli and international law'

The Israeli army refused to disclose the rules of engagement applying to the protests at the Gaza border, in response to a petition submitted to the High Court of Justice on April 15 by four human rights organizations.

In a statement, the state said the rules of engagement in the area are classified, adding that if asked by the court to present them it would...

Israeli troops fatally shot two Palestinians who infiltrated the country from Gaza and in a separate incident killed another Palestinian who tried to breach the border on April 29, the military said.

Another Palestinian was detained in the latter incident, and two more were caught trying to cross the border in a third case, the military said.

The Gaza border has been tense in recent weeks, with the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza urging mass Palestinian protests...

A Qatari national was subjected to extensive torture during 13 years of detention in the U.S., a London-based advocacy group claimed on April 25.

The allegations of systematic torture by the FBI and Defense Department on Ali (Saleh Kahlal) al-Marri were published by the CAGE group in a report years in the making.

“The experience of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, by all international standards of law, constituted torture, and as a result, all those involved in his solitary...

Palestinian Ahmad Abu Hussein, 24, dies of wounds after being shot in the abdomen during protest on April 13.

Ahmad Abu Hussein, a Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces while covering a mass demonstration along the Gaza border earlier this month, has died of his wounds, according to Palestinian officials.

The 24-year-old, who was shot in the abdomen during a protest near Jebaliya on April 13, is the second Palestinian journalist to have been killed by Israeli soldiers...

Disturbing footage from the West Bank published by an Israeli human rights group shows IDF soldiers discussing how to improve land shots on unarmed Palestinian protesters and cheering as they hit them with rubber bullets. 

The video shows three Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers standing on a road that leads to a Palestinian settlement and firing at a group of Palestinians, who gathered meters away. The soldiers are also seen routinely discussing the best ways to fire at people. ...

Israeli army soldiers and policemen have demolished the house of a Palestinian, who is being held in custody over his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a rabbi in January.

Ahmad Jamal al-Qumbaa’s father told the Palestinian Wafa news agency that Israeli forces had blown up his son’s residence using dynamite in the West Bank city of Jenin early on April 24.

The Israeli forces, accompanied by explosive experts a bulldozer, carried out the demolition that also damaged four...

At least 20 people including the bride were killed when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, health officials have said.

The dead were mostly women and children gathered in a tent set up for the wedding in the Bani Qayis district, according to Khaled al-Nadhri, the leading health official in the north-western Hajjah province.

Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali said the groom and 45 other wounded people were brought to the local al-...