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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied ethnic cleansing of the country's Rohingya Muslims, despite the UN and human rights organizations saying that the army's conduct may amount to war crimes. "I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening," Suu Kyi told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has faced international criticism for the country's treatment of its one...

A Palestine solidarity rally that Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had urged police to ban went ahead on Saturday, but under tight restrictions.

A journalist was attacked during the rally by pro-Israel counter demonstrators as police watched and did nothing.

Police placed a “ring of steel” around the normally bustling Place du Châtelet in central Paris, and only let a few hundred Palestine activists in, an individual who observed the events told The Electronic Intifada.

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The Palestinian Authority Information Ministry accused the Israeli occupation authorities on Monday of launching a war against Palestinian children. In a statement in advance of Palestinian Children’s Day on 5 April, the ministry said that the Israeli occupation forces killed 35 children and arrested 350 others during 2016. Furthermore, hundreds of Palestinian children were also forced to become vagrants after their houses were destroyed by the Israelis. The statistics of children affected...

At least 55 people were killed when a regime warplane carried out a chlorine gas attack in Syria’s north-western Idlib province on Tuesday, according to a local civil defense official. “There were many children among the dead,” Enes Berakat told Anadolu Agency.

He said more than 215 were injured in the attack, which targeted Khan Shaykun town in Idlib.

Tuesday’s attack came one day after a regime aircraft carried out a similar chlorine gas attack on Al-Habit town in Idlib,...

Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb nationalist forces seeking to carve an ethnically homogeneous state out of Bosnia, has elected its first Serbian mayor since the 1995 massacre.

For relatives of the victims, the election of Mladen Grujicic, a Serbian nationalist who denies that the massacre was genocide despite international court rulings to the contrary, marks an ominous turn in Bosnian politics.

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Israel's government has approved the building of the first new settlement in 20 years in the occupied West Bank - a move swiftly condemned as an obstacle to peace based on a two-state solution.

The move late on Thursday - considered illegal under international law - was adopted less than a week after the United Nations criticised Israel for not taking any steps to halt settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory, as demanded by the Security Council in a resolution it passed...

A hospital in Hama countryside was declared out of service after Assad warplanes’ attack on Saturday.

Al-Latamneh Surgical Hospital, in al-Latamenh town northwest of Hama, was directly targeted by an Assad helicopter which dropped a chlorine-laden barrel-bomb, Orient News correspondent Firas Karam reported.

The barrel bomb fell at the entrance of the hospital, leading to the immediate death of one of the injured, who was in the emergency room, he added.

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Israel's moral claim to land comes from the Bible, not Google, Communications Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said in Washington on Tuesday at an event held in support of placing West Bank settlements within final borders of the Jewish state.

“Defense is important and security is important, but the most important thing is the moral claim of Israel. We are committed to go forward with living in our ancient land, land that was given us not by Google and Wikipedia, but by the Bible,” he said....

A Spanish court is to investigate allegations that nine members of the Syrian regime committed “state terrorism” by kidnapping, torturing and murdering a truck driver who disappeared in Damascus four years ago.

The landmark case – the first criminal complaint accepted against President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces by a European court – has been brought on behalf of the victim’s sister, a Spanish citizen who lives in Madrid.

Lawyers acting for the woman, known as Mrs AH,...

Amnesty International warned that a rise in civilian casualties in Iraq suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not doing enough to prevent civilian deaths. A report by the group released Monday quoted Mosul residents and eyewitnesses of recent airstrikes to warn of an “alarming pattern of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes that have destroyed whole houses with entire families inside.” The report comes after the U.S. military acknowledged it conducted airstrikes on March 17 in an area of the city...

Children in Yemen are teetering between life and death, as 2.2 million suffer from acute malnutrition, while those killed by hostilities jumped 70 percent last year, UNICEF warned on the second anniversary of the war in the Middle East’s poorest country.

Two years into the Yemeni conflict, children continue to suffer the consequences and will soon succumb to starvation without prompt humanitarian assistance and viable efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged country, UNICEF said in a...

Two teenage girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight on Sunday because they did not meet a dress code for special pass travelers, a company spokesman said amid a furor on social media.

The two girls, who were traveling with a companion, would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said as the airline responded to the backlash.

"(The two girls) were instructed that they...

Israeli police arrested four Israelis after they were accused of stabbing and seriously wounding a 19-year-old Palestinian Friday evening, according to an Israeli police spokeswoman, who claimed initial investigations indicated that the attack had criminal motives.

Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the “Arab” victim was stabbed on the street in his hometown of Nahariya in northern Israel, and that four “Jewish suspects,” which included a teenager and three others between 20 and...

Amber Rudd has called for the police and intelligence agencies to be given access to WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging services to thwart future terror attacks, prompting opposition politicians and civil liberties groups to say her demand was unrealistic and disproportionate.

The home secretary said it was “completely unacceptable” that the government could not read messages protected by end-to-end encryption and said she had summoned leaders of technology companies to a meeting...

The Israeli army has arrested a Palestinian lawmaker at his West Bank home, his daughter told the Anadolu Agency today.

Rahma Dahbour, daughter of Palestinian Legislative Council member Ibrahim Dahbour, said Israeli soldiers arrested her father yesterday evening near the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.

“They also confiscated his vehicle,” she said.

Dahbour won his seat in the 2006 Palestinian legislative polls on a Hamas-backed electoral list.

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