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A three-month old baby was summoned to the US embassy in London for an interview after his grandfather mistakenly identified him as a terrorist.

Harvey Kenyon-Cairns had been due to fly to Orlando in Florida for his first overseas holiday, until his grandfather Paul Kenyon made the error on a visa waiver form.

On the part of the Esta form which reads “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” Kenyon ticked yes...

Groups representing victims of the Bosnian War hit out on Friday at the erection of a monument to Russian mercenaries killed fighting for Bosnian Serb militias in the 1992-1995 conflict. Bosnian Serbs on Wednesday erected a 5.5-meter high monument on a hill in the eastern town of Visegrad to honor the foreign fighters. According to Republika Srpska -- the Bosnian Serb entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina -- 37 Russian mercenaries were killed in the war, seven of them in Visegrad.

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As many as two million children in Syria are out of school as a result of the six-year-long civil war in the country, a report released by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

The Syrian conflict began in 2011 after a crackdown on anti-government and pro-democracy protests.

The war has claimed over 400,000 lives and triggered world’s one of the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history.

The UNICEF report assesses the impact the Syrian war has had on the...

A Swiss pacifist group says an 86-year old woman was briefly detained Tuesday after she spray-painted “Money for Weapons Kills” in German on a wall at Switzerland’s national bank, as part of a campaign to strip state financing for arms vendors.

Youniss Mussa, political secretary of “The Group for an Army-free Switzerland,” said Louise Schneider was released unharmed after the incident in Bern during a demonstration to launch a petition against state involvement in arms dealings.

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The UNHCR is warning of an almost ‘inevitable’ humanitarian crisis across at least four north African countries, with 20 million people at risk from mass starvation. Drought and conflict are the main causes. The four countries are Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine has already been declared in South Sudan, and seven million people in parts of Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin alone are suffering from food insecurity. People are also on the run within their countries due to...

The Syrian regime and its Russian allies targeted the Idlib and Hama provinces with incendiary bombs days after a deadly chemical attack in the area, activists reported on Monday.
Russian warplanes dropped bombs containing an incendiary substance called thermite in attacks on the towns of Saraqeb in Idlib and al-Latamenah in Hama over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters. A rescue worker with the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said...

A man was violently removed from a United Airlines flight by aviation police officials at Chicago’s O’Hare international airport on Sunday, in an incident captured on video by several other passengers.

In one clip, posted by passenger Audra Bridges to Facebook, guards can be seen aggressively grabbing, and then dragging, the passenger down the aisle of the plane, which was bound for Louisville, Kentucky. Other passengers can be heard screaming and shouting “Oh my God” and “Look at...

Israeli settlers late on Sunday evening uprooted 300 olive trees from Palestinian lands near the central occupied West Bank province of Ramallah. Palestinian farmer Ali al-Haj, from Ramallah’s eastern town of Mikhmas, said hordes of Israeli settlers crept into the area late at night and cut down some 300 olive trees from Palestinian cultivated lands. Al-Haj added that olive trees were planted some 40 years ago and have been serving as the only source of income for local land owners. In al-...

Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right presidential candidate, is denying France’s culpability in a roundup of Jews in Paris during World War II. In an interview Sunday on French television channel La Chaîne Info, Le Pen disputed France’s role in rounding up more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel d’Hiv cycling track in 1942 ― a raid that sent many to their deaths at Nazi concentration camps. “I don’t think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv,” the leader of the National Front party said. “I think...

On March 25, an orthopedic surgeon named Ali Darwish was operating on a patient in a suburb of Hama, Syria, when two barrel bombs were dropped at the entrance of the underground hospital where he was working. Soon, a strong smell of chlorine spread throughout the hospital. The underground rooms, built to protect patients and medical personnel from aerial attacks, became de facto gas chambers.

As patients and staff workers fled, Dr. Darwish refused to leave his patient on the operating...

Moscow appears ready to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

"We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state," the Thursday statement read.

It added: "At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel...

The Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on Wednesday evening approved the second and third readings of a bill that would -- if ratified -- facilitate the demolition of Palestinian homes. The readings were approved by a vote of 43 to 33. The law amends Israel’s Planning and Building Law by limiting the authority of Israeli courts to freeze demolition orders once they are issued. It also transfers enforcement of the law to a network of “regional committees”, which are granted the right to impose...

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied ethnic cleansing of the country's Rohingya Muslims, despite the UN and human rights organizations saying that the army's conduct may amount to war crimes. "I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening," Suu Kyi told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has faced international criticism for the country's treatment of its one...

A Palestine solidarity rally that Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had urged police to ban went ahead on Saturday, but under tight restrictions.

A journalist was attacked during the rally by pro-Israel counter demonstrators as police watched and did nothing.

Police placed a “ring of steel” around the normally bustling Place du Châtelet in central Paris, and only let a few hundred Palestine activists in, an individual who observed the events told The Electronic Intifada.

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The Palestinian Authority Information Ministry accused the Israeli occupation authorities on Monday of launching a war against Palestinian children. In a statement in advance of Palestinian Children’s Day on 5 April, the ministry said that the Israeli occupation forces killed 35 children and arrested 350 others during 2016. Furthermore, hundreds of Palestinian children were also forced to become vagrants after their houses were destroyed by the Israelis. The statistics of children affected...