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Faroe Islanders have launched their annual hunt, killing whales and dolphins by hand and turning the sea blood red in the process. The centuries-old slaughter has been slammed by activists across the world.
The process, known as Grindadráp, or Grind, involves dozens of pilot whales and dolphins being driven into shallow waters by fishermen in boats and dinghies each year. From there, a group of people in the water and on the beach pull the mammals closer to shore, where they are killed...

Germany is planning a new law giving authorities the right to look at private messages and fingerprint children as young as 6, the interior minister said on Wednesday after the last government gathering before a national election in September. Ministers from central government and federal states said encrypted messaging services, such as WhatsApp and Signal, allow militants and criminals to evade traditional surveillance. "We can't allow there to be areas that are practically outside the law...

Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after funding cuts by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, a minister said Monday, worsening an already severe shortage in the city that is under Israeli blockade. Gaza's 2 million residents already get by with only four hours of electricity a day. In an effort to push his Hamas rivals out of power, Abbas says his West Bank government will stop paying Israel to provide electricity. Hamas officials warned of grave consequences Monday if...

The Israeli Knesset extended for another year the Citizenship and Entry Law, which prohibits issuing entry permits to Israel under the family reunification application. Commenting on the extension, a Palestinian official said this is the ninth year in a row that Israel extends the ban.

The spokesman for the Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission, Waleed Wahdan, said the Israeli authorities’ refusal to reunite thousands of Palestinian families is a political decision, even though the...

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is escalating at an alarming rate, with experts warning that a child is now infected with the disease every 35 seconds, according to Save the Children. Grant Pritchard, the charity’s director in Yemen, warned the country is on “the verge of total collapse” as a combination of near-famine conditions and crippled infrastructure fuel the spread of cholera. Over the past two weeks, the rate of infection has more than tripled, according to Save the Children. It...

A Teenage schoolgirl has been banned from lessons for breaking uniform rules by wearing leggings to combat a skin condition. The mum of Elly Bowmer, 13, insists her daughter suffers from an allergy that means she can not wear tights. Sarah Bowner claims she has explained this to staff at Carter Community School in Poole, Dorset. But it has made no difference. She said: "Elly joined Carter just before Easter and wore her leggings with no problems for the first week. But after that, one of the...

Mosul’s children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between U.S.-backed government forces and the Islamic State group in the city’s western half, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Monday. Iraqi forces are in their last push to drive IS militants from the remaining pockets of territory they still hold in the Old City where narrow streets and a dense civilian population are complicating the fight.

The UNICEF Representative in Iraq, Peter Hawkins, said the agency...

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which will exceed the 50-year mark in June, is “the main cause” of Palestinian humanitarian needs, the United Nations has affirmed. “The occupation denies Palestinians control over basic aspects of daily life, whether they live in the Gaza Strip or in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” according to a report released Wednesday by the UN humanitarian coordination agency OCHA.

“At its heart, the crisis in the [occupied...

French Open tournament organizers have revoked the credential for 21-year-old French tennis player Maxime Hamou after his on-camera harassment — or “inappropriate behavior,” as French Open organizers described it — of Eurosport reporter Maly Thomas.

On Monday afternoon, Thomas approached Hamou for a live Eurosport interview after his first-round loss to Agentine Pablo Cuevas. Hamou was in a good mood despite his loss, presumably because despite being ranked Number 287 in the world,...

At least 532 people have died since a cholera epidemic broke out in war-torn Yemen one month ago, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the WHO said more than 65,300 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded in 253 districts in the country.

International organizations -- including the WHO, UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross -- have recently stepped up the delivery of medical supplies to Yemen, where local health...

When House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, many Americans likely thought of their family and friends living with cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. These diseases are commonly referred to as “pre-existing conditions” – conditions which, under the Republican health care bill, could result in them being denied health insurance.

But another, less publicised group of people were also concerned by the bill's passage: rape survivors.

Before Obamacare,...

When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her.

“It was forced on me,” she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding.

“My mom asked me if I wanted to get married, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what is...

Israeli conscientious objector Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, was on Wednesday sentenced to a fourth stint in jail for refusing to enlist in the IDF. She has already spent 80 days in prison. Ben-Abba, a Jerusalem resident, was jailed after reporting at the military induction center, where she declared her refusal to serve in the army on the grounds that she was not prepared to take part in the occupation and repression of the Palestinian people.

Last week, on the International Day of...

India's defense minister on Wednesday backed the Indian Army’s use of human shields in disputed Kashmir, calling it a war strategy. “Military solutions are to be provided by military officers,” Arun Jaitley told reporters in New Delhi. “We should allow our army officers to take decisions.” The minister, who likened the situation in the disputed territory to a war, added that the army does not need to consult parliamentarians over what it needs to do.

Jaitley’s comments came amid a...

On October 2nd 1904 General Lothar von Trotha issued what is now notorious as “the extermination order” to wipe out the Herero tribe in what was then German South West Africa, now Namibia. “Within the German borders every Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot,” his edict read. During the next few months it was just about carried out. Probably four-fifths of the Herero people, women and children included, perished one way or another, though the survivors’...