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No one bothered to keep the young Palestinian’s family informed — On his way to what was supposed to his final chemotherapy session, last November, he boarded the wrong shared taxi. Discovering his mistake, he got off and ran across the highway to catch a taxi going in the opposite direction. Israel Defense Forces soldiers who may have thought he was going to attack them, shot him, seriously wounding him. For the next three months, he was bedridden in Beilinson Hospital, in Petah Tikva, most...

Australia's Catholic Church has paid A$276 million ($213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday -- the first time the total compensation paid by the church's schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.

A report at a royal commission into institutional abuse said 3,066 victims had received some form of compensation from a Catholic body in the 35 years to 2015.

Cash payments of A$258.8 million...

German police Wednesday searched the homes of four Turkish Muslim preachers on suspicion they spied for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, officials said.

The imams are accused of reporting on Turkish followers of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cult leader who heads an organization on Turkey’s terror list dubbed the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO), directed the coup attempt, according to the Turkish government.

The four imams allegedly passed on information...

The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism taskforce have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.

The purpose of the officers’...

Yingiya Mark Guyula used the anniversary of Kevin Rudd's 2008 apology to the stolen generations to issue a warning about the way Indigenous children were being removed from their families today.

"That legislation was broken by the Government themselves — they broke their own law and that's why I have stood here and I am standing here to say this must stop," Mr Guyula said.

Like other states and territories, the Northern Territory has adopted the Aboriginal Child Placement...

Children and women are being raped by traffickers inside a refugee camp in northern France, according to detailed testimony gathered ahead of fresh legal action against the UK government’s approach to the welfare of unaccompanied minors.

Corroborating accounts from volunteers, medics, refugees and other officials reveal that sexual abuse is common within the large camp at Dunkirk and that children and women are forced to have sex by traffickers in return for blankets or food or the...

Egypt closed the offices of a prominent human rights group that helps victims of violence and torture, the organisation and a police official said.

El Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence in Cairo offers psychological rehabilitation to victims of abuses including sexual assault.

"About 15 policemen in official uniform with a group of civilians sealed three apartments in the building belonging to El Nadeem," co-founder Aida Seif Elldawla told...

A Palestinian citizen was today killed in Al-Khudr village near Bethlehem after an Israeli settler ran him over.

Mohammed Awad, head of the Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Red Crescent, said 81-year-old farmer Sulaiman Hamad died of serious injuries soon after being admitted to hospital.

Witnesses informed the hospital that the settler from the adjacent Neve Daniel outpost left his car behind and used another one to leave the scene.

Palestinians are regularly subjected...

Palestinian politicians and human rights groups are warning that a new law passed by the Israeli parliament violates international laws and is a step towards Israel annexing the occupied West Bank.

The so-called Regulation Law, passed on Monday night, allows for the retroactive legalisation of about 4,000 homes built by Jewish settlers on privately owned Palestinian land.

"The law sets a new legal framework that implements the Israeli political interest and puts it above...

Seven percent of Catholic priests working in Australia between 1950 and 2010 were accused of child sex crimes but few were pursued, Church data showed on Monday, as hearings began over allegations dating back decades.

Last year, Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, said the Church had made "enormous mistakes" and "catastrophic" choices by refusing to believe abused children, shuffling abusive priests from parish to parish and over-relying on counseling of priests to...

A Philadelphia judge has ruled that Google must comply with FBI search warrants for Gmail messages stored outside the US, if the requests are issued as part of a domestic fraud investigation.

“Though the retrieval of the electronic data by Google from its multiple data centres abroad has the potential for an invasion of privacy, the actual infringement of privacy occurs at the time of disclosure in the United States,” said US magistrate judge Thomas Rueter.

The ruling could...

A French journalist and his cameraman were attacked by security guards after trying to ask far-right candidate Marine le Pen a question over allegations her security guard was paid as a parliamentary aid.

Political reporter Paul Larrouturou, who works for the popular news TV show Quotidien, was violently forced out of a Paris exhibition hall by security guards, during a visit by Front National presidential candidate Ms Le Pen in front of a crowd of reporters.

After politely...

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has provoked a row over a second Scottish independence referendum by suggesting it would be blocked by the UK government.

Before backtracking in a BBC Radio Scotland interview on Thursday morning, Fallon told the Herald newspaper the British government would not give Holyrood the necessary legal power to stage another referendum.

“No, forget it,” he said, reflecting opposition from cabinet ministers who believe Nicola Sturgeon is bluffing...

Israeli authorities on Tuesday night approved the construction of 3,000 new settlement units in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

In a statement, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office said the new construction plan “comes as part of a return to the normal life in Judea and Samaria [West Bank].”

According to the statement, more than 2,000 settlement units are ready for immediate construction.

“The rest are in various stages of development,” it added.

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In the chaos following U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and immigrants, a five-year-old boy was detained for hours at Washington Dulles International Airport.

On Saturday, the boy, who is a U.S. citizen from Maryland, was travelling from Iran to Washington, D.C. with a family member to meet his mother, who is Iranian, WILX 10 reports. Unfortunately, the five-year-old was held in custody by airport authorities for several hours before he was finally...