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Israeli Public Defense Minister Gilad Erdan decided to establish a 200-strong special police force in Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to Israeli media. "The Temple Mount Unit will be equipped with advanced technology and will gather intelligence in order to protect visitors to the holy site," Erdan was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post daily. "The unit will include approximately 200 policemen, in which 100 will be specially recruited to the police in the course...

Theresa May has said she will celebrate the centenary of the Balfour declaration, which paved the way for the creation of Israel, with “pride” next week. After welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu to London, Ms May and the Israeli Prime Minister will dine together at an exclusive event to celebrate the historic promise made in 1917 that the British Government would use its “best endeavours” to facilitate the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, will not be...

Tory aides have compiled a list of three dozen Conservative MPs accused of inappropriate behaviour including being “handsy at parties”, it has been claimed. The list, contained in a spreadsheet, reportedly names 20 ministers among those at whom the claims are levelled. The allegations, published in a redacted form by the Guido Fawkes blog, came as Theresa May vowed to crack down on alleged impropriety in Westminster. The Conservative Party declined to comment.

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Actor Kevin Spacey said on Sunday he is “beyond horrified” by allegations that he made sexual advances on a teen boy decades ago. The two-time Oscar winner posted on Twitter that he doesn’t remember the encounter. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years,” he said.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, actor...

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has recruited Afghan immigrant children living in Iran to fight in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. Afghan children as young as 14 have fought in the Fatemiyoun division, an exclusively Afghan armed group supported by Iran that fights alongside government forces in the Syrian conflict. Under international law, recruiting children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities is a war crime.

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Villagers in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) are increasingly concerned over indications that two assistant priests in Burma have been killed. Sources told Morning Star News that the Burma army arrested Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng on Dec. 24 after the two assistant priests helped journalists report on a bombed Catholic church building in Mong Ko. The clergymen were arrested after they went to the Byuha Gon military base to secure the release of a married couple who had complained to the...

It's been 21 days since the sexual assault allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein exploded into public view. Since then there have been new allegations made against other powerful men in various industries seemingly almost every day. From companies taking a second look at their sexual harassment policies to the tide of #MeToo stories flooding social media, the controversy has sparked the biggest national conversation on sexual harassment since the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas battle...

Rohingya children, some of them under 10 years old, are receiving treatment for rape in camps on the Bangladesh border, according to medics who say that young refugees account for half of those sexually assaulted while fleeing violence in Myanmar. Médecins Sans Frontières says dozens of Rohingya girls have been given medical and psychological support at its Kutupalong health facility’s sexual and reproductive health unit – a specialist clinic for survivors of sexual assault based in the...

U.S. government officials declined to characterize the treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing but listed new measures including targeted sanctions Washington is considering to address the crisis. Mark Storella Deputy Assistant Secretary of State from the Bureau Of Population, Refugees and Migration spoke at a Senate hearing Tuesday and was pressed to say whether he viewed the situation as ethnic cleansing. “I’m not in a position … to characterize it today, but to me,...

Half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study, a BBC survey says. Of the women who said they had been harassed, 63% said they didn't report it to anyone, and 79% of the male victims kept it to themselves. The ComRes poll for BBC Radio 5 live spoke to more than 2,000 people. The survey was commissioned after sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein resulted in widespread sharing of sexual harassment stories. Women and men who have been...

A regime siege on Eastern Ghouta region of the Syrian capital, Damascus has caused two babies to breathe their last, according to local medics. A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by regime forces since December 2012. The blockade has left the area’s 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and all healthcare facilities non-operational.

The regime tightened up its blockade in recent months, preventing residents from...

Eleven people have been arrested as hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem to decry the detention of their young co-religionists who didn’t show for enlistment to the Israeli armed forces. Around 1,500 members of the so-called “Jerusalem faction” of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community protested in several locations across the city on Monday, according to Haaretz. They blocked light rail and vehicular traffic for several hours, affecting the area around the Israeli...

After dozens of women came forward with accounts of sexual harassment and assault against producer Harvey Weinstein (who denies some, but not all, of the claims), more women are speaking out about their own alleged experiences with other prominent men.

Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone and Weinstein’s brother and former business partner, Bob, are among those accused of misconduct in recent days. The reports come amid the viral #MeToo movement, in which women took to social media to disclose...

Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing Bugsy, has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published on Sunday in the Los Angeles Times. In the report, many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or simulating sexual intercourse with them, according to the accounts. The 72-year-old...

Israeli police raided a Palestinian neighbourhood in annexed East Jerusalem overnight and arrested 51 people accused of violent protests against security forces, authorities said Monday. The 51 Palestinian suspects from Issawiya were arrested for participating in recent “riots and terror-related incidents,” including throwing stones and firebombs at security forces, a police statement said. They were expected to appear in court later in the day.

Palestinian youths in parts of east...