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The global organisation's own #MeToo survey has found that one in three employees responding to it have said that they have suffered sexual harassment in the last two years.

Sharing the survey results in a letter to UN employees on Monday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The results confirm that these have a debilitating effect on staff morale and on work performance and there are continued barriers to reporting, including fear of retaliation and perception that perpetrators...

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements. And in weighing petitions for spouses or fiancees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the...

Acceding to a request from the Israel Police and Shin Bet security service, the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court agreed to release to house arrest four of the five Israeli suspects in the October murder of a Palestinian woman.

The Shin Bet as well as the lawyers representing the teens confirmed the ruling, which was made behind closed doors.

The Shin Bet has flatly denied claims of misconduct, saying its investigation is being closely monitored by the State Prosecutor’s Office...

France’s most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.

The Rev. Bernard Preynat confessed to abusing Boy Scouts, and his victims say church hierarchy covered up for him for years, allowing him to work with children right up until his 2015 retirement.

But by the time the cover-up trial reached court in...

Over 4,500 villagers have been displaced by the most recent flareup in fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in Rakhine state, the UN said Tuesday.

The displacement figure, provided by UN spokesman Farhan Haq, runs through Jan. 7.

Haq said troop movements and clashes have continued over recent days following attacks by the insurgent group on police posts in Buthidaung Township on Jan. 4.

The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs led a...

The study from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, draws on information from 142 countries, examining trafficking trends and patterns. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, said that "human trafficking has taken on horrific dimensions as armed groups and terrorists use it to spread fear and gain victims to offer as incentives to recruit new fighters," citing child soldiers, forced labour and sexual slavery as examples.

While the average numbers of reported...

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian woman in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, according to Israeli media. 

Border guards shot the woman in the leg after she ignored their calls to stop at the Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus, media reports said. 

The Palestinian woman was arrested by Israeli soldiers. 

The Israeli military has yet to issue a statement on the shooting. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry, for its part, said the girl was slightly...

Custody of six-year-old twin boys on January 4 was taken from a Turkish family by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) over child neglect.

The Kahraman family vehemently denied the accusation.

According to the parents, since birth their children have been allergic or sensitive to many types of foods and chemicals, which is why wheat and other processed foods as well as genetically-modified products were removed from the twins' diet.

The children grew up healthily...

Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found.

Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified child-molesting priests in the wake of the Pennsylvania report issued in mid-August, and 55 more have...

A shocking video shows a man slapping, punching, and choking his girlfriend after having an argument with her at her home.

Twenty four-year-old Victor Junqueira from Goiania, Brazil  was caught physically assaulting his girlfriend of three years, 26-year-old Luciana Sinzimbra, on a hidden camera that she had secretly set up after she feared he would get violent with her.

In the footage, which Sinzimbra claimed was released without her permission or approval, Junqueira can be...

A top official at an Indian state-run university urged his students to "murder" fellow students if confronted instead of complaining to him, amid a wave of violence being reported from across the state where the school is based.

"If you're a student of this University, never come crying to me," said Raja Ram Yadav, vice-chancellor of Purvanchal University, in a speech caught on video. 

Adding: "If you ever get into a fight, beat them, if possible murder them, we'll take care of...

As the year 2018 came to a close Monday, it brought with it an end to kosher slaughter in the northern Flanders region of Belgium, home to half of the country’s Jewish population and a major supplier of meat for European Jewish communities.

In June 2017, the parliament in the Flemish region, one of the five sectors that make up the country, unanimously passed a resolution banning ritual slaughter without stunning.

The decision followed a similar one approved in May 2017 by the...

A Yemeni mother who fought to obtain a visa waiver to travel to California to see her terminally ill 2-year-old son was finally reunitedwith her only child just over a week ago.

Her son, Abdullah, died at the U.C.S.F. Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where he was being treated for hypomyelination, a genetic degenerative brain condition, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group known as CAIR, said on Saturday.

“We are heartbroken...

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) released a summary of data collected during 2018. Further breakdowns and statistics from previous years are available through the links below.

A total of 295 Palestinians were killed and over 29,000 were injured in 2018 by Israeli forces. This is the highest death toll in a single year since the Gaza conflict of 2014 and the highest number of injuries recorded...

Israel approved the construction of 1,451 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, and pushed forward plans to construct another 873 housing units for settlers, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The decision was made by Israel's Supreme Planning Council in the Civil Administration, a body that governs Israeli-administered areas of the West Bank, plans and organises its settlements, and coordinates with the Palestinian Authority in security matters.

Final...