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Israel's parliament has passed a law that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars in funds from the Palestinians over welfare payments given to prisoners and their families. 

The Knesset, Israel's parliament, approved on Monday the law with 87 of the 120 legislators voting in favour and 15 opposing. 

The new legislation will deduct the money that the Palestinians allocate to prisoners and others killed by Israeli forces from taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the...

No less than 4,759 civilians were killed in the first half of 2018 by the parties to the conflict in Syria, including 593 civilians who were killed in June.

SNHR's report notes that SNHR has largely focused, since it was founded, on documenting victims who were killed at the hands of the parties to the conflict, and created a database for the victims’ names and their information such as sex, age, occupation, way of killing, the party that killed them, and the type of weapon used....

A 41-year-old man took the 11-year-old daughter of an impoverished employee as his third wife.

Che Abdul Karim, the self-proclaimed imam of Kampung Lalang village in Kuala Betis, Malaysia, reportedly travelled to the border town of Sungai Golok in southern Thailand to wed the child last month.

The girl’s cash-strapped Thai parents are rubber tappers who work for Mr Karim, who has children aged five to 18 by his first two wives, according to The Borneo Post.

The underage...

The Israeli army has killed 25 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year, according to Defence for Children International Palestine.

Of the 25 minor killed by occupation forces, 21 were targeted in the besieged Gaza Strip, the organisation revealed.

The association added that the Israeli army “intentionally killed children by using live ammunition”.

According to the association, 21 of the 25 children were killed by...

Lafarge is a French industrial company specializing in three major products: cement, construction aggregates, and concrete. Between 2013 and 2014, the company's Jalabiya plant operated on Daesh*-controlled territories in northern Syria.

The firm has been accused of financing terrorist organization and crimes of against humanity in Syria. The judges have also charged the holding company with violating an embargo and endangering the lives of others, Reuters reported, citing judicial...

A Palestinian teenager died in June 27 after being hit by Israeli tank fire on the Gaza border, the besieged strip's health ministry said.

Abdel Fattah Abu Azoum, 17, was hit in the head earlier in the day near Rafah in southern Gaza, the ministry said.

The Israeli army said he and a companion were seeking to breach the border.

The army alleged firebombs had been found at the scene. 

Palestinian medics said the other escaped with minor injuries.

On Tuesday...

At least 20 civilians have been killed in an attack by the Assad regime and pro-government forces in Syria’s Daraa.

Government warplanes have pounded towns in southwest Syria in recent days as a Syrian army offensive, backed by Russia, gathers pace.

As part of Astana process, Daraa was one of the de-escalation zones that was established in May 2017 by guarantor countries Turkey, Iran and Russia.

Later in July, the U.S. and Russia reached an agreement to declare Daraa a “...

More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts worldwide last year, while others were raped, forced to serve as soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals, a United Nations report said on June 27.

A total of more than 21,000 violations of children’s rights were reported in 2017 — a sharp increase from the previous year, according to the annual “Children and Armed Conflict” report.

The U.N. blames a U.S.-backed Arab coalition fighting in Yemen...

Butchers in France have asked the government for police protection from animal rights activists, claiming their security was being threatened and that vegans were trying to impose a meat-free lifestyle on the nation.

The French federation of butchers wrote to the interior minister saying shops had been sprinkled with fake blood and covered in graffiti. It claims that a growing media focus on veganism was threatening butchers’ safety.

The letter said France’s 18,000 butchers...

Arrests were made as hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday ahead of a planned visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Twenty-five people were taken into custody after the peaceful organized protest was declared an unlawful assembly by Los Angeles police. Clergy were seen among those being arrested.

Crowds holding signs were given a five-minute warning to disperse by LAPD before the arrests took place, according to authorities. The protesters were...

A number of 18 Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli troops in Nablus, north of the West Bank, said a Palestinian source.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society in a statement that among the injured during clashes with Israeli forces was an individual who was wounded by live bullets while 17 others sustained injury from rubber bullets.

Clashes broke out after dozens of settlers stormed the Prophet Joseph Tomb area to perform Talmudic rituals. 

The tomb is...

Global charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that it needed to make it easier for staff to report sexual misconduct after a media report said employees used prostitutes in Africa, in the latest sex scandal to rock the aid sector.

Eight female ex-MSF employees said in a report by Britain's BBC that MSF had a "toxic" culture, including "blatant and widespread" use of local sex workers by staff, with one man bragging it was easy to barter medication for sex in Liberia.

"We...

The apology over a maternity clothing ad featuring a pre-teen African girl followed criticism and pressure from fellow humanitarian organizations over the "erotizing" and "sexualizing" of the child model.

Plan International Finland and its parent organization, Plan International Global have issued an apology over a high-profile ad campaign involving a pregnant 12 year-old Zambian girl posing in a line of maternity clothing that was the brainchild of Finnish designer Paola Suhonen....

Israeli occupation forces carried out a new punitive house demolition overnight, destroying the family apartment of Palestinian prisoner Alaa Kabha in Bartaa village near Jenin.

Kabha is accused by Israeli occupation authorities of having carried out a car-ramming attack at an occupation army post near a West Bank settlement on 17 March, killing two Israeli soldiers.

According to reports, some twenty Israeli army vehicles invaded Bartaa, with the demolition carried out by ...

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tortured Yemeni prisoners across 18 prisons in Yemen, The Associated Press (AP) revealed on June 21.

Hundreds of Yemeni prisoners were subject to sexual abuse in southern Yemen, where the UAE focuses its foreign policy in Yemen. Fifteen UAE officers ordered Yemeni prisoners to undress and lie down for anal cavity checks, claiming they were looking for contraband mobile phones. The Yemeni prisoners who resisted were beaten until they bled, and threatened...