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A regime siege on Eastern Ghouta region of the Syrian capital, Damascus has caused two babies to breathe their last, according to local medics. A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by regime forces since December 2012. The blockade has left the area’s 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and all healthcare facilities non-operational.

The regime tightened up its blockade in recent months, preventing residents from...

Eleven people have been arrested as hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem to decry the detention of their young co-religionists who didn’t show for enlistment to the Israeli armed forces. Around 1,500 members of the so-called “Jerusalem faction” of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community protested in several locations across the city on Monday, according to Haaretz. They blocked light rail and vehicular traffic for several hours, affecting the area around the Israeli...

After dozens of women came forward with accounts of sexual harassment and assault against producer Harvey Weinstein (who denies some, but not all, of the claims), more women are speaking out about their own alleged experiences with other prominent men.

Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone and Weinstein’s brother and former business partner, Bob, are among those accused of misconduct in recent days. The reports come amid the viral #MeToo movement, in which women took to social media to disclose...

Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing Bugsy, has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published on Sunday in the Los Angeles Times. In the report, many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or simulating sexual intercourse with them, according to the accounts. The 72-year-old...

Israeli police raided a Palestinian neighbourhood in annexed East Jerusalem overnight and arrested 51 people accused of violent protests against security forces, authorities said Monday. The 51 Palestinian suspects from Issawiya were arrested for participating in recent “riots and terror-related incidents,” including throwing stones and firebombs at security forces, a police statement said. They were expected to appear in court later in the day.

Palestinian youths in parts of east...

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man last week after a Facebook post he made saying "good morning" in Arabic was mistranslated to read "attack them" in Hebrew, local media have reported. Police confirmed that the construction worker was briefly held under suspicion of incitement but was released as soon as the mistake was realised. The post showed a photo of the worker next to a bulldozer in the West Bank.

There is only one difference in lettering between the colloquial Arabic...

If there was ever a real-life policeman who came close in progressive Swedish affections to Kurt Wallander, the bestselling creation of Henning Mankell, it would probably be Göran Lindberg, chief of police of Uppsala, the city north of Stockholm that is home to Sweden's most prestigious university. Although he lacked Wallander's humility and reticence, Lindberg was concerned, like Wallander, with the marginalised and neglected in Swedish society. He was the sponsor of a sanctuary for abused...

The ACLU is calling the city of Dickinson's hurricane repair grant application unconstitutional because it asks applicants to not boycott Israel, according to a news release from the civil rights non-profit. The city posted on its website that grant applications are being accepted for money donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief fund. The application allows residents to apply for funds to help in rebuilding a home or business impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Applicants must agree that they "...

Quentin Tarantino admitted knowing for decades about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, confessing in an interview published on Thursday to feeling ashamed that he did not stop working with the mogul. "I knew enough to do more than I did," the Oscar-winning filmmaker told the New York Times, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things."...

The Swiss branch of Amnesty International has criticised a visit to Switzerland by a high-ranking delegation of Myanmar army officials to discuss federalism. The visit comes as thousands more Rohingya Muslims continue to flee violence in western Myanmar and cross into Bangladesh. “The visit [to Switzerland] is unacceptable in our eyes, as for over a month the Myanmar army has been guilty of atrocities which have caused the flight of 600,000 people to Bangladesh,” Amnesty International...

Samuel Hiller and three co-defendants used the money to cover personal expenses, including a family wedding, home renovations and jewelry. A New York City rabbi has been sentenced to prison for stealing $5 million in funding intended for disabled preschoolers. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday that Samuel Hiller will spend one to three years behind bars.

Hiller was assistant director of the now-defunct Island Child...

Last week, former child actor Corey Feldman (Stand by Me, The Goonies) tweeted that he’d been asked for a statement about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual-harassment and rape allegations. It makes sense, since he has spent years speaking out about sexual abuse in Hollywood—not of women, but of young men. He has long alleged that pedophilia is the worst problem in Hollywood and that it’s in part responsible for his best friend Corey Haim’s eventual death by drug overdose.

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A school resource officer in Kentucky who handcuffed young children acted unreasonably and violated the children’s constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled this week. Two children, ages 8 and 9, were handcuffed by Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer with Covington Independent Public Schools. They were cuffed behind their backs, and the cuffs were placed above their elbows because the restraints would have slipped off their wrists. Video of the handcuffing of the 8-year-old went viral...

Newly released satellite images reveal that at least 288 villages were partially or totally destroyed by fire in northern Rakhine State in Burma since August 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The destruction encompassed tens of thousands of structures, primarily homes inhabited by ethnic Rohingya Muslims.

Analysis of the satellite imagery indicates both that the burnings focused on Rohingya villages and took place after Burmese officials claimed security force “clearance...

A high-profile Maltese journalist investigating the corruption allegations in Malta, nicknamed the "one-woman WikiLeaks,' was killed in a suspected car bombing on Monday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed. Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger and newspaper columnist, was killed when an explosive device, believed to be a bomb, ripped through her car at 3 pm (1300 GMT). Police on the scene told the Times of Malta newspaper that they had identified a burnt body in the car as hers. Caruana...