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The study from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, draws on information from 142 countries, examining trafficking trends and patterns. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, said that "human trafficking has taken on horrific dimensions as armed groups and terrorists use it to spread fear and gain victims to offer as incentives to recruit new fighters," citing child soldiers, forced labour and sexual slavery as examples.

While the average numbers of reported...

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian woman in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, according to Israeli media. 

Border guards shot the woman in the leg after she ignored their calls to stop at the Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus, media reports said. 

The Palestinian woman was arrested by Israeli soldiers. 

The Israeli military has yet to issue a statement on the shooting. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry, for its part, said the girl was slightly...

Custody of six-year-old twin boys on January 4 was taken from a Turkish family by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) over child neglect.

The Kahraman family vehemently denied the accusation.

According to the parents, since birth their children have been allergic or sensitive to many types of foods and chemicals, which is why wheat and other processed foods as well as genetically-modified products were removed from the twins' diet.

The children grew up healthily...

Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found.

Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified child-molesting priests in the wake of the Pennsylvania report issued in mid-August, and 55 more have...

A shocking video shows a man slapping, punching, and choking his girlfriend after having an argument with her at her home.

Twenty four-year-old Victor Junqueira from Goiania, Brazil  was caught physically assaulting his girlfriend of three years, 26-year-old Luciana Sinzimbra, on a hidden camera that she had secretly set up after she feared he would get violent with her.

In the footage, which Sinzimbra claimed was released without her permission or approval, Junqueira can be...

A top official at an Indian state-run university urged his students to "murder" fellow students if confronted instead of complaining to him, amid a wave of violence being reported from across the state where the school is based.

"If you're a student of this University, never come crying to me," said Raja Ram Yadav, vice-chancellor of Purvanchal University, in a speech caught on video. 

Adding: "If you ever get into a fight, beat them, if possible murder them, we'll take care of...

As the year 2018 came to a close Monday, it brought with it an end to kosher slaughter in the northern Flanders region of Belgium, home to half of the country’s Jewish population and a major supplier of meat for European Jewish communities.

In June 2017, the parliament in the Flemish region, one of the five sectors that make up the country, unanimously passed a resolution banning ritual slaughter without stunning.

The decision followed a similar one approved in May 2017 by the...

A Yemeni mother who fought to obtain a visa waiver to travel to California to see her terminally ill 2-year-old son was finally reunitedwith her only child just over a week ago.

Her son, Abdullah, died at the U.C.S.F. Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where he was being treated for hypomyelination, a genetic degenerative brain condition, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group known as CAIR, said on Saturday.

“We are heartbroken...

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) released a summary of data collected during 2018. Further breakdowns and statistics from previous years are available through the links below.

A total of 295 Palestinians were killed and over 29,000 were injured in 2018 by Israeli forces. This is the highest death toll in a single year since the Gaza conflict of 2014 and the highest number of injuries recorded...

Israel approved the construction of 1,451 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, and pushed forward plans to construct another 873 housing units for settlers, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The decision was made by Israel's Supreme Planning Council in the Civil Administration, a body that governs Israeli-administered areas of the West Bank, plans and organises its settlements, and coordinates with the Palestinian Authority in security matters.

Final...

French judges have dropped their long-running investigation into the deadly 1994 attack on former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the country’s genocide, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday.

The probe has been a major source of tension between the two countries after seven people close to current Rwandan President Paul Kagame were charged in the French investigation.

Philippe Meilhac, lawyer for Habyarimana’s widow Agathe, told AFP that plaintiffs in the...

At least nine homeless people have died across Germany due to low temperatures since October, the German body that tracks homelessness (BAGW) said on December 24.

"We know of nine people who died at night for no fault of their own," Werena Rosenke, the association's managing director told the newspaper Rheinische Post. "In some cases forensic medical examinations are still ongoing, but we assume that the victims had no dwelling and froze to death due to low temperatures."

Four...

Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault in the US.

The 59-year-old Academy Award winner is alleged to have assaulted a teenager at a bar in Boston, Massachusetts, in July 2016.

According to the Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, Spacey is due to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on January 7.

The alleged victim is the son of former US news anchor Heather Unruh, who first made the...

One day earlier this month, a businessman turned social worker was going about a familiar and urgent task: looking for blood donors in camps crowded with Rohingya Muslims driven from their homes.

This time, Nu Maung needed three pints — one of O-positive, two of B-positive. Among those in need was a woman who had suffered complications during childbirth.

The military-led purges and abuses carried out against Myanmar’s Muslim minority Rohingya over the past year continue to...

Nearly 600 homeless people in England and Wales died in the last year, an increase of 24 percent over the past five years, government figures have revealed.

Rising from 475 in 2014 to 597 in 2017, deaths among the homeless increased annually - barring a slight drop in 2013 - according to figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A majority of these deaths were among men, with 503 men, or 84 percent of the total, dying in 2017, compared with 94 women....