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An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian U.N. worker to seven months in jail on Wednesday for aiding the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations agency that employed him said.

Wahid Abdallah al Bursh was detained in July and said by Israel's Shin Bet security agency to have confessed to being recruited by the Islamist group in 2014.

Under the terms of a plea deal, Bursh is expected to be released next week, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said...

A commission probing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state said on Wednesday that there was no evidence of genocide or religious persecution against Rohingya Muslims.

The interim report of the commission came days after a video emerged showing police beating civilians from the Muslim minority.

The size of, what the report calls, the 'Bengali' population, mosques and religious buildings in the unrest-hit area "are proof that there were no cases of genocide and religious...

With renewed international attention on Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank, a closer look at how these Jewish-only colonies affect Palestinians is necessary.

Settlements are not just illegal, as the recently passed UN Security Council resolution confirms, but devastating to those they exclude.

Settlements do not just consist of creating housing for one ethno-religious group, but also entail a constellation of policies that ghettoize and force Palestinians out of...

Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in 2016 than any other year in the last decade, rights group Defence for Children International (DCI) has said.

The organisation's chapter in the occupied Palestinian territories recorded the killings of 32 Palestinian children (under 18), making 2016 "the deadliest year of the past decade" for them, the group said in a recent report.

Many of those killings happened during Israeli...

There were 762 murders in Chicago in 2016. It was the deadliest year in nearly two decades. The number alone doesn't tell the entire story of Chicago's bloodshed. There's another statistic that points to a disturbing trend the city is facing: a surge.

There was more than a 50% increase in murders in just one year. Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer in 2016. In 2015, the city had less than 500 homicides total.

Five police districts on the south and west sides...

Israel will not release the bodies of Hamas militants killed in attacks on Israelis but would instead bury them, the government said.

The decision by the security cabinet followed the release on Saturday by the Palestinian group of video footage showing a mock birthday party for Israeli soldier Oron Shaul, believed by the army to have been killed in the 2014 Gaza war.

"The political-security cabinet discussed standing policy on treatment of the bodies of Hamas terrorists killed...

Violence claimed the lives of at least 6,878 civilian Iraqis last year, the United Nations said on Monday, as the Iraqi government struggles to maintain security nationwide and to dislodge Daesh terrorists from areas under their control.

The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said its numbers "have to be considered as the absolute minimum" as it has not been able to verify casualties among civilians in conflict areas, and of those who lost their lives due to "secondary...

Myanmar is to investigate police officers who were filmed beating Rohingya villagers, an unusual admission that security forces may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.

The office of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, said action would be taken after the a user called Rohingya Blogger posted the video on YouTube over the weekend.

Filmed by a policeman smoking a cigarette, it shows his colleagues kicking two men sat on the ground and using as baton...

In 2012, Israeli soldiers attacked a group of foreign and Palestinian journalists, beating them with clubs before detaining them.

It has taken the Israeli army three years to conduct disciplinary proceedings against the commanding officers who gave the orders.

Footage from the incident, which took place in the occupied West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum, shows a crew of five journalists wearing gas masks, helmets, and vests marked as “PRESS,” as they walk down an empty street....

A six-year-old Belgian boy from Brussels is in critical situation after a 15-hour long balcony punishment in frigid weather on Wednesday.

The young child was being punished by his parents for taking food from the kitchen without authorization, and forced to stay on the outside balcony of his house from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. while temperatures dropped to around three degrees Celsius in the region, local media outlets report.

Rescue services recovered the child, who was...

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened corrupt government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter mid-air, warning he has done it himself before and had no qualms about doing it again.

The fiery-tempered former prosecutor said he once hurled a Chinese man suspected of rape and murder out of a helicopter.

"If you are corrupt, I will fetch you using a helicopter to Manila and I will throw you out. I have done this before, why would I not do it again?"...

The attorney general’s office said Tuesday it would hold a hearing for controversial Likud lawmaker Oren Hazan before deciding whether to press charges in an assault case dating back some two years, prior to his election to the Knesset.

“Before deciding to press charges, the suspect has been summoned for a hearing,” a statement from the courts said. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will then decide whether to indict Hazan.

Hazan is suspected of assaulting a senior official...

Romania's president has rejected the Social Democratic Party's candidate to be prime minister, Sevil Shhaideh, who would have been the country's first Muslim and first female in the office.

Klaus Iohannis gave no reason on December 27 for refusing to accept Shhaideh, a little-known politician who had previously served for six months as Romania's regional development minister.

"I have properly analyzed the arguments for and against [Shhaideh] and I have decided not to accept...

Israel has reportedly suspended all working ties with the embassies of 12 UN Security Council members following the passing of a UN resolution declaring the country’s settlements on Palestinian territories illegal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for Israel’s foreign ministry to temporarily limit working ties with the members who voted in favour of Friday’s resolution, according to CNN.

The resolution said Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem,...

Israel will not abide by the terms of a United Nations Security Council resolution adopted on Friday demanding an end to settlement activity, a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

"Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms," the statement said.