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Matthew Hedges, who was accused of being a spy during a research trip in the UAE, has said he had suicidal thoughts after hearing cellmates going through physical torture.

The 31-year-old travelled to the UAE to research for his PhD, covering issues such as defence, security, international affairs and military policy in the Middle East.

But he was jailed in May for being a suspected spy, and was jailed for life in November only to be pardoned days later, fater months of "...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has gotten at least 500 allegations of sex abuse by Catholic priests that dioceses across the state failed to publicly name.

In a new report, Madigan excoriates church officials for failing to thoroughly investigate many of the allegations.

"The Catholic Church has failed in its moral obligation to provide survivors, parishioners, and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior...

Two Hungarian opposition MPs were forcibly removed from the offices of state-run broadcaster MTVA on Monday morning after demanding their five-point petition be read on-air.

The two politicians were among a group of opposition MPs who stayed overnight at the MTVA headquarters to ensure a recording of their petition would be broadcast.

However, MTVA said in a statement that it had filed a complaint with police after the MPs repeatedly ignored warnings from security about...

A speech pathologist at a Texas elementary school has sued after allegedly being forced out of her contract job at an elementary school for refusing to sign a mandatory pro-Israel pledge. 

Bahia Amawai, a US Citizen who has resided in the country for more than 30 years, is the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District in the suburban Austin, Texas area for alleged violation her First Amendment rights. 

Since 2009, Ms Amawai worked for the school...

A Yemeni woman is barred from seeing her 2-year-old son who is reportedly dying in a California hospital because of the Trump administration's travel ban against people from several mostly Muslim-majority countries, advocates for the family said Monday.

The boy, Abdullah, suffers from a genetic brain condition that has continued to worsen. His father, Ali Hassan, a 22-year-old from Yemen who is an American citizen, brought his son to the U.S. for treatment, according to the Council on...

Workers at the retail juggernaut’s new Staten Island warehouse are threatening to unionize in response to alleged harsh working conditions and shabby treatment by managers.

Employees say they are subject to 12-hour workdays five to six days a week, and claim Amazon never made good on promises to provide buses to and from its $100 million Bloomfield warehouse, which opened earlier this year.

“It takes me four hours every day to get to and from work. Between my work schedule and...

After Bavaria, the state legislature of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) passed a controversial law expanding police powers in the western German state, despite criticism that it would massively restrict civil liberties. The new law draft law prepared by the Christian Social Union (CSU) was approved by the Social Democrats.

"The attack in Strasbourg makes clear the importance of the police law," said North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul. The attack shows that "the danger...

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution declaring that the crimes committed by Myanmar's security forces against Rohingya Muslims constitute genocide -- a notable move given the US State Department has yet to make such a designation.

"The United States has a moral obligation to call these crimes genocide. Failing to do so gives the perpetrators cover and hinders efforts to bring those accountable to justice. With this resolution, the House fulfills its part...

Australian Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of sexual misconduct, becoming the highest-ranking Vatican official to be found guilty of such a crime.

Pell's trial and all details involving the accusations against the Vatican treasurer were covered by a court-issued gag order, which forbade all media in Australia from reporting on it.

The conviction was first reported by the Daily Beast, an online news and opinion site, which said the charges stemmed from the abuse of two...

Israeli occupation authorities have issued a decree barring the Palestinian Ministry of Health from importing vaccines, starting from the beginning of the year 2019, said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Asaad Ramlawi.

In an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio station, Dr. Ramlawi said that the Israeli decree has put the supply of vaccinations at risk; the Ministry of Health has resources for just two months of vaccine provision, after which there will be...

The living conditions of millions of children in Yemen are a disgrace. There is no excuse for these dark realities in the 21st century. Wars, deep economic crises and decades of underdevelopment have not spared a single girl or boy in Yemen. The suffering of children is all man-made.

“The toll of almost four years of the recent fighting across Yemen is mind-boggling, with more than 2,700 children recruited to fight an adults’ war. Over 6,700 children were verified killed or severely...

Monika Krcova did not want to follow the official guidelines and remain in the hospital in Slovakia for four days after her third baby’s birth. And so she escaped.

Like many other Roma, she tells horror stories about giving birth in the hospital: How doctors at the Kezmarok hospital in eastern Slovakia slapped her face and legs repeatedly during the delivery of her first two children, screaming that she didn’t know how to push properly. How in the following days, she was subjected to...

Yemen’s war and the ensuing economic collapse has left 15.9 million people, 53 percent of the population, facing “severe acute food insecurity” and famine was a danger if immediate action was not taken, a survey said on Saturday.

The report was released as the United Nations brought Yemen’s warring sides together for the first peace talks in two years. Humanitarian groups say peace is the only way of ending the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

While war was the main cause...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published late on Wednesday.

Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is presiding over a gradual disappearance of independent media in the ex-Communist satellite. Dozens of newspapers and broadcasters critical of Orban have changed hands in recent years, resulting in less public dissent.

The Central European Press...

An international law firm hired by the United States State Department to investigate last year's military crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, says it has found evidence of genocide, urging the international community to establish a criminal investigation into the atrocities and ensure justice for the victims.

The Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) said on Monday that its findings, based on interviews with more than 1,000 Muslim-majority Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh...