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Daniela Greene, a translator working for the U.S. domestic security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), married a Daesh terrorist in 2014 that she had been assigned to investigate in Syria, CNN said in an article published late Monday. The FBI employee, who had top-secret security clearance, lied to the FBI about where she was going and warned her new husband that he was under investigation, CNN said citing federal court records. The militant that Greene married has been...

Palestinian journalists were injured when Israeli forces violentenly dispersed of a peaceful sit-in in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday, in support of a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate denounced the Israeli actions and said it will strengthen their cause and "will not prevent journalists from delivering Palestinians' message to the world".

According to Maan News, at least 13 Palestinian journalists were injured...

Israel intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, the Housing Ministry said on Friday despite U.S. President Donald Trump's request to "hold back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A formal announcement of the settlement plan, quickly condemned by the chief Palestinian negotiator, could come around the time Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next month.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant told Israel Radio that his ministry and...

At least 396 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday. The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition's operations against the terrorist group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths. It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop paying salaries to the families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, Israeli media reported on Saturday. Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post published a link to a video in which Netanyahu said in Hebrew: “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it. Confront terrorism, stop rewarding terrorism, stop paying terrorists. It could be more than a billion...

The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian help. Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost $1.1bn. But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling "the world's largest hunger crisis". More than two million children are acutely malnourished in Yemen. Aid workers say almost half a million of them are...

Prosecutors on Monday laid out details of the desperate final week of life for Terrill Thomas, an inmate at a Milwaukee County jail, who last April died of dehydration in solitary confinement a week after prison officials turned off the water to his cell. Country prosecutors are now looking into whether the prison guards committed a crime in the death of the 38-year-old Thomas; the preliminary hearing into the guards' conduct began Monday.

“Through an opening statement and testimony...

An Egyptian court on Monday handed down preliminary death sentences against 20 people in connection with violence following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. The 20 were among a group of 156 people accused of attacking a police station and killing two policemen in Kerdasa near Cairo in 2013. Monday's sentences were referred to Egypt's grand mufti for a non-binding opinion, as required by Egyptian law. The court will confirm the verdicts on July 2. In 2015, a court sentenced...

Activists from an Israeli right-wing movement, Ichud Leumi, have organized a free barbecue outside a military prison in the West Bank where Palestinian inmates are currently on hunger strike. Members of the youth branch of the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party brought outdoor grills to the walls of Israeli-run Ofer military prison on Thursday. The activists set up tables, brought soft drinks and cooked a variety of meats, serving it for free to everybody. The organizers of the action said...

A Louisiana district attorney has said he will jail rape survivors who choose not to testify against their assailants. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said he would use material witness warrants to compel victims in some rape and domestic violence cases to testify, despite criticism from advocacy groups. "If I have to put a victim of a crime in jail, for eight days, in order to... keep the rapist off of the street, for a period of years and to prevent him from raping or...

An Egyptian opposition news channel has broadcast a video which allegedly shows Egyptian soldiers executing prisoners in the Sinai region. Mekameleen TV, which broadcast the footage on Thursday night, said that the video was filmed in December 2016 in Sinai. At least two people appear to be shot dead during the two-minute video and other bodies can be seen lying on the ground.

The Mekameleen video shows blindfolded men being taken out of military vehicles by uniformed soldiers. Two of...

A Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces at a junction near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion in the southern occupied West Bank this afternoon. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian vehicle hit a bus stop at the junction, injuring an Israeli civilian, adding that Israeli forces in the area shot at the driver. However, photographs of the scene published by Israeli media showed that the Palestinian vehicle had seemingly collided with the back of a...

"Incontrovertible" test results show sarin gas or a similar substance was used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. Samples from 10 victims had been analysed at four laboratories, OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu said. The attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 87 people. The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents. Its ally Russia meanwhile said an air strike hit a rebel depot full of...

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has halted two executions mere hours before they had been scheduled to take place. As the American state battled the legal system in an attempt to carry out a record eight executions over 11 days in April, lawyers for two of the condemned raised questions about their clients’ mental competency. A 4-3 decision in Arkansas’ highest court stayed the executions of convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce ward, who have each spent over two decades on death row and...

The Israeli authorities continues its crackdown on prisoners as the large-scale “Freedom and Dignity” prisoner hunger strike entered its second day. A source from the ICRC said the international organization had been notified that visits for Palestinian prisoners would be forbidden until further notice in response to the hunger strike, which official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Tuesday was being carried out by some 1,500 prisoners, according to Ma’an News Agency.

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