UN chief Ban Ki-moon says Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad's "failure of leadership" has caused the deaths of over 300,000 people, according to an interview released Monday.

Asked by the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle if he considered Assad a mass murderer, Ban said that question was for other institutions to answer.

He added, though: "It's true that because of his failure of leadership so many people have died, more than 300,000 people have been killed."

Ban also...

Israel arrested dozens of Palestinians after a shooting rampage in Jerusalem killed two people and wounded five others, police said on Monday.

The arrests after Sunday's attack included 31 Palestinians seeking to participate in celebrations in memory of the assailant as well as members of his family in east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told army radio.

Some 15 other Palestinians were arrested for throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces in...

Controversial plans for the military to opt out from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) during future conflicts will be introduced by ministers, to see off what the prime minister described as an “industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers.

The long-mooted idea will be announced on Tuesday at the Conservative party conference by Theresa May and the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, although it was immediately criticised by human rights groups who said it was based on...

Germany's top criminal and private court, the Bundesgerichtshof, on Thursday ruled that the state need not compensate relatives of the victims of a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan called in by a German general.
The strike, against an oil tanker believed to have fallen into insurgent hands, killed around 100 civilians who had gathered around the truck trying to siphon off fuel.
Two survivors of the airstrike had launched legal proceedings against the German state, claiming a...

The Israeli military say their navy has detained a boat bound for Gaza, captained by a woman from Hobart carrying pro-Palestine women activists.

Activist organisation Freedom Flotilla Coalition said the boat was seized in international waters, making this an act of piracy.

The group is calling for Israel to end its blockade of Gaza, which has been in place since 2007.

"At 15:58 (CEST) on October 5, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the...