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A Danish MP has spoken out after being told to remove her baby from the parliament’s chamber.

Mette Abildgaard said it was the first time she had brought her five-month-old daughter to work, as her father could not step in to take care of her.

Pia Kjaersgaard, parliament speaker and ex-leader of the right-wing Danish People’s Party, reportedly told her she was “not welcome” with her baby.

Ms Kjaersgaard said clearer guidelines should be given for MPs with children.

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A group of Turkish entrepreneurs have lost a High Court case which they brought against the Home Office over a change to immigration rules last year.

The Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople had brought the judicial review challenge claiming the Home Office had acted unlawfully in imposing additional requirements on Turkish business people and their dependants if they wanted to obtain indefinite leave to remain.

However on Monday Justice James Dingemans dismissed the judicial...

Up to 382 children have been sexually abused by clergy in Poland since 1990, the Polish Catholic Church has revealed.

It made the claim as it presented findings of an investigation at a press conference on Thursday.

As many as 198 of the victims were below the age of 15, the report said.

“This is an especially painful, tragic issue as it is connected with consecrated people, who devoted themselves to serving the church, other human beings. They have social trust and this...

The State Department’s human rights report for 2018 released Wednesday notes Saudi Arabia’s killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi without mentioning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who US intelligence services believe ordered the premeditated murder.

The annual report catalogs violence, repression and cruelty around the world, under a mandate set by Congress in foreign aid and trade laws. President Donald Trump has defended violators and spent little time addressing...

Dozens of Palestinian students suffered from tear-gas inhalation after Israeli forces raided the premises of an elementary school in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

According to local sources, Israeli forces repeatedly fired tear-gas bombs towards Palestinian students on their way to the school.

Dozens of students suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation and were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

In addition, teachers from the school...

The French state under Emmanuel Macron has been accused of “strengthening security and repression” not only to tackle terrorist threats but also to deal with anti-government gilets jaunes protesters and migrants.

In his 2018 annual report released on Tuesday, Jacques Toubon, the official rights defender or national ombudsman, complained of an unprecedented number of preventive arrests that appeared to be an extension of the anti-terror state of emergency imposed in 2015 and supposedly...

George Pell, an Australian cardinal who was the Vatican’s chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis, was sentenced to six years in prison on March 13, for molesting two boys after Sunday Mass in 1996.

The cardinal was convicted on five counts in December, making him the most senior Catholic official — and the first bishop — to be found guilty in a criminal court for sexually abusing minors, according to BishopAccountability.org, which tracks cases of sexual abuse by...

Protesters gathered outside an appeals court in Ancona, Italy, after a 2017 ruling was unsealed, which revealed that two men were cleared of rape charges because the judges thought the victim was “too masculine” to be desirable.

Women’s groups organized a rally of some 200 people who were outraged by the judges’ belief that rapists wouldn’t pursue someone because they were too masculine.

The ruling was unsealed after being annulled by the Supreme Court of Sassation, the highest...

Hundreds of thousands of homes were left vacant across England for over six months last year as levels of homelessness reached record levels in parts of the country.

The latest figures, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, showed that the number of empty number of empty houses is at its highest in six years, having increased by 5.3 per cent between 2017 to 2018.

In October 2012, the overall number of vacant dwellings stood at 254,059. This...

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations said on March 11.

Medical sources quoted by the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen said the attacks in Kushar district, in Hajja Province, killed 10 women and 12 children and wounded 30 people, including 14 under the age of 18.

“Many of the injured children have been sent to hospitals in Abs district and in Sanaa for treatment...

The U.S. State Department avoided answering a question Thursday on the recent execution of nine men by Egyptian authorities, saying it needed to research the issue more.

Asked by reporters whether the U.S. had anything to say on the matter as well as on reported human rights abuses in the country, spokesman Robert Palladino said he did not have any comment and would like to "gather more information before responding."

"We discuss human rights regularly in all of our...

Nearly 16 million women in Eastern Europe have experienced violence and abuse, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported Wednesday.

The survey results from eight countries found that 70 percent of women age 18-74 have experienced some form of sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, or non-partner violence since the age of 15.

"45 percent of women, or approximately 10.2 million women, have experienced sexual harassment, including...

A French court has found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty for failing to act on accusations against a paedophile priest.

In a surprise decision on Thursday in France’s most important church sexual abuse trial, the Lyon court handed Barbarin a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the facts in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.

The Rev Bernard Preynat’s alleged victims said Barbarin and other church officials covered up for him for...

United States and European weapons are being used by the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition to kill and wound hundreds of civilians in Yemen, a new report by the Yemen-based Mwatana for Human Rights (MHR) has revealed.

The organisation documented 27 unlawful coalition attacks from April 2015 to April 2018 that killed 203 civilians and injured at least 749.

Of the 27 attacks, 22 likely involved weapons produced in the US, two attacks likely involved weapons produced in the United...

Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian home belonging to the al-Halabi family, on March 5, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli settlers raided the al-Halabi family home, where an elderly Palestinian couple lives and who were out shopping for groceries, at the time; the couple was thrown out by settlers upon arrival.

Palestinian youngsters attempted to defend the home from seizure, however, Israeli police assaulted them and fired tear-...