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Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuaín said on June 5, as political pressure grew before Saturday’s scheduled fixture in Jerusalem.

“They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuaín said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been cancelled.

The match at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina’s last before they start their World Cup campaign in Russia against Iceland on 16 June.

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More than 40 million US citizens live in poverty and some five million live in third world conditions because of inhumane government policies, UN investigators revealed in a report.

The Trump administration’s tax reform bill is facilitating inequality by attacking the US welfare system, Alston added.

Poverty in the United States, he said, appears to be fueled by contempt along with a "winner takes all" mentality.

In addition, Alston pointed out that individuals in ...

Israeli courts have imposed fines of more than 100,000 shekels ($28,100) on Palestinian children detained in Ofer prison, near Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, a new report revealed.

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said in a report yesterday that as many as 32 Palestinian minors were arrested and brought to the prison’s children’s section, 12 of them were arrested from their homes, 18 from the streets and one child was detained at a military...

On the last day of school before the summer holidays begin, the children of the Palestinian Jahalin Bedouin community in the Khan al-Ahmar area gather in the playground of the Itarat School for what is possibly their very last time.

Located a few kilometres east of Jerusalem, the Jahalin community of Khan al-Ahmar have been slapped with a demolition order of their school by the Israeli authorities.

The move follows a decision by the Israeli Supreme Court last week, ruling the...

At least 55 journalists covering ongoing protests on the Gaza Strip have been wounded by Israeli soldiers, the Gaza government said on June 3.

"The number of Israeli violations against journalists in the Palestinian lands, 55 of which took place in Gaza, has reached a total of 125," said a press statement.

Emphasizing that the Israeli violations against journalists increased in May, it added: "Nine of the journalists were hit by live ammunition, eight with explosive bullet...

More than 120 pregnant female whales were among 333 killed during Japan’s recent annual summer hunt off the coast of Antarctica, according to a new report.

The report, released by the International Whaling Commission this month, said 122 of the slaughtered minke whales were pregnant and 114 were considered immature.

The last hunting season in the Antarctic for Japan ran from Dec. 8 to Feb. 28.

Conservationists said the new report was further evidence that Japan was...

The U.S. called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss recent mortar attacks fired from Gaza into Israel, a call that comes amid ongoing violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli authorities along the contested Gaza Strip.

The American ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, blamed “Palestinian militants” for the barrages, which reportedly struck the yard of an empty kindergarten, among other areas, earlier Tuesday and wounded at least...

Palestinian militants on May 28, launched their heaviest mortar bomb barrage against Israel since a 2014 Gaza war and Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad camps in the enclave in response.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from either side after more than 25 projectiles were launched from the Gaza Strip and the planes attacked three of the Iranian-backed armed group’s facilities.

The Israeli military said most of the projectiles fired from Gaza were shot down by...

Clashes broke out on May 28, in a West Bank refugee camp as Israeli forces sought a suspect in the killing of a soldier, with the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah saying 13 people were lightly wounded. 

Residents of the al-Am'ari camp, located in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, threw stones at Israeli troops who are searching for the suspect. Israeli forces used riot dispersal measures in response.

The incident after Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky, a 20-year-old...

State government agencies in Louisiana are being barred from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order prohibiting such contracts and requiring his administration to put the ban in place quickly.

In a statement, the Democratic governor called Israel "America's closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy in the region." He describes boycotts of Israel, which are part of a movement protesting Israel's policies...

Syria is scheduled today to take over the presidency of the UN Conference on Disarmament.

The US has called on Russia to pressure Syria to stand down and not take the position. UN chief Antonio Guterres hopes that the Syrian appointment won’t have a negative affect.

Of course, there must be some twisted UN logic to appointing the country with the most recent experience in using chemical weapons on civilians to the forum that tries to ban their use in the first place.

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The Israeli government plans to build 3,900 new Jewish-only housing units in the occupied West Bank.  

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted that a plan to build 2,500 new West Bank settlement units would be proposed to Israel’s Higher Planning Council as construction begins on 1,400 units that have already been approved.  

Lieberman went on to assert that Jewish settlement expansion would continue in “Judea and Samaria”, a term used by settlers to describe the...

Regime forces shelled farmland in opposition-held parts of Syria’s Idlib and Hama provinces, local sources have said.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents based in the area, regime forces in northern Hama fired artillery shells into farmland in opposition-held areas.

The attacks -- in which two civilians were reportedly killed -- were intended to reduce this season’s agricultural harvest and starve the civilian population.

Some sources said the shelling came after...

The Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse during the 1970s in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

The magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict in Newcastle local court on Tuesday after a magistrate-only trial. Wilson faces a maximum two years in prison.

The prosecutor, Gareth Harrison, told the court the 67-year-old had to be jailed for what he had done to deter others from trying to protect the Catholic church from...

Doctors Without Borders has said that its medics “treated at least 100 Palestinian children during the protests on the Gaza Strip this week”.

According to director Jonathan Whittall, the children treated were seriously injured and will face lifelong difficulties as a result.

"Plenty of them are less than 15-years-old and the majority of them were shot with live ammunition, many of the children require amputation and will be disabled for the rest of their lives."

In a...