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French judges have dropped their long-running investigation into the deadly 1994 attack on former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the country’s genocide, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday.

The probe has been a major source of tension between the two countries after seven people close to current Rwandan President Paul Kagame were charged in the French investigation.

Philippe Meilhac, lawyer for Habyarimana’s widow Agathe, told AFP that plaintiffs in the...

At least nine homeless people have died across Germany due to low temperatures since October, the German body that tracks homelessness (BAGW) said on December 24.

"We know of nine people who died at night for no fault of their own," Werena Rosenke, the association's managing director told the newspaper Rheinische Post. "In some cases forensic medical examinations are still ongoing, but we assume that the victims had no dwelling and froze to death due to low temperatures."

Four...

Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault in the US.

The 59-year-old Academy Award winner is alleged to have assaulted a teenager at a bar in Boston, Massachusetts, in July 2016.

According to the Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, Spacey is due to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on January 7.

The alleged victim is the son of former US news anchor Heather Unruh, who first made the...

One day earlier this month, a businessman turned social worker was going about a familiar and urgent task: looking for blood donors in camps crowded with Rohingya Muslims driven from their homes.

This time, Nu Maung needed three pints — one of O-positive, two of B-positive. Among those in need was a woman who had suffered complications during childbirth.

The military-led purges and abuses carried out against Myanmar’s Muslim minority Rohingya over the past year continue to...

Nearly 600 homeless people in England and Wales died in the last year, an increase of 24 percent over the past five years, government figures have revealed.

Rising from 475 in 2014 to 597 in 2017, deaths among the homeless increased annually - barring a slight drop in 2013 - according to figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A majority of these deaths were among men, with 503 men, or 84 percent of the total, dying in 2017, compared with 94 women....

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...