Hundreds of people who say they were victims of sexual assault have filed lawsuits against prominent institutions in the US state of New York - including the Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America - as a new law that extends the statute of limitations on those cases went into effect.

The state's landmark Child Victims Act, which legislators passed earlier this year, lifts the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases for one year, giving alleged abuse victims in New...

A total of 335 Yemeni children have been killed in Yemen in the past year, Oxfam said Wednesday. 

The international humanitarian group said the "children have been killed by violent attacks including airstrikes, mines and shelling since 9 August 2018," and that almost 600 have been injured during that time.

On Aug. 9, a Saudi-led airstrike targeted a bus carrying children in Yemen’s northwestern Saada province. At least 50 people, including 41 children, were killed and dozens...

More than 12,000 children were killed and injured in armed conflicts last year - a record number - with Afghanistan, the Palestinians, Syria and Yemen topping the casualty list, according to a new U.N. report.

The deaths and injuries were among more than 24,000 "grave violations'' against children verified by the United Nations including the recruitment and use of youngsters by combatants, sexual violence, abductions, and attacks on schools and hospitals, it said.

According to...

Around 650,000 people in Germany are without a permanent home, according to figures released by the Federal Association for Assistance to Homeless People (BAGW).

The figures are based on estimates from 2017 and revealed that: Most homeless people live in emergency shelters, but around 48,000 people live on the streets. Migrants from EU nations in eastern Europe account for most rough sleepers. Three in four of the homeless across Germany are men, who are mostly single. Some 22,000...

Israeli police summoned a Palestinian man for interrogation on Tuesday, claiming that his four-year old son threw stones at one of their vehicles.

The summons has sparked anger in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya, where the family live.

Israeli forces issued a warrant for interrogation against Rabiaa Elayyan over the alleged stone-throwing by his toddler son Mohammad. 

Mohammad and his father went to the Israeli police station on Salaheddine Street...

Italian police are investigating a leaked photo of a blindfolded American teenager who is accused of killing an officer in Rome.

The photo of murder suspect Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, was shown by Italian media on Sunday.

Mr Natale-Hjorth and his friend, 19-year-old Finnegan Lee Elder, were arrested on suspicion of killing police officer Mario Cerciello Rega on Friday.

Rega, 35, was stabbed to death in the Prati neighbourhood of Rome.

He was allegedly...

A quarter of suspected or identified trafficking victims in Europe are children and the main goal of human traffickers is sexual exploitation - a new report released by Save the Children finds. Out of 20,500 victims who were registered in the European Union in 2015-16, 56% of cases were related to trafficking for sexual exploitation, while 26% of cases were related to labour exploitation. One in four victims is under 18 and two out of three victims are women or girls.

The report finds...

The US president has vetoed resolutions in Congress to block the sale of $8.1bn (£6.5bn) worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Donald Trump said the three resolutions "would weaken America's global competitiveness" and damage its relationship with its allies.

It comes after both chambers of Congress voted to prevent the sale.

Some members of Congress said they feared the weapons could be used on civilians in the Yemen conflict.

They have...

The United States blocked an attempt by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said, Reuters reports.

Israel said the 10 apartment buildings demolished on Monday, most of them still under construction, had been built illegally and posed a security risk to Israeli armed forces operating along a barrier that runs through the occupied West Bank.


The Palestinian Authority announced progress in efforts to rescue the “dangerous” water shortage in the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli siege for 12 years.

Head of the Palestinian Water Authority, Mazen Ghoneim, announced, in a statement on Tuesday, the completion of the construction of a $15 million desalination plant in Gaza, funded by the Kuwait Fund through the Islamic Development Bank.

Ghoneim explained that the project was completed after a three-year effort due...

The Dutch supreme court has upheld a ruling that the Netherlands was partially responsible for 350 deaths in Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre.

The court said the state had 10% liability, as this was the probability that its soldiers could have prevented the killings.

Bosnian Serb forces killed a total of 8,000 Muslim men in the town of Srebrenica in 1995.

The Dutch had been guarding a UN safe zone when it was overrun.

It is rare for a state to be held responsible for...

Prosecutors dropped a case on July 17 accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016, after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defense says contains information supporting the actor’s claims of innocence.

Spacey was charged with indecent assault and battery last year in the only criminal case that has been brought against the actor since his career collapsed amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations. The two-time Oscar winner...

When asked about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Peretz said he wants to “extend Israeli sovereignty to all of Judea and Samaria,” using to biblical name of the West Bank. He vowed to secure Palestinians’ rights, but said “they won’t have a right to vote.”

Asked whether this does not constitute apartheid, Peretz didn’t rule out the option that it is.

“We live in a very complex reality in Israeli society and in the State of Israel, and we’ll have to find the solutions,” he...

A primary school playground in the Netherlands has been ordered to close due to its children being too noisy.

De Buut primary school in Nijmegen has been given until the end of the month to ban pupils from the field or face a €10,000 (£9,000) fine.

Local residents complained that the children were exceeding a 70-decibel limit on residential areas.

Officials commissioned a noise measurement, which put their noise level at 88 decibels.

The decision has faced a...

Teams from Israel’s Defence Ministry started a decade ago to remove and hide documents from the Israeli archives related to crimes against Palestinians during the Nakba of 1948, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday.

In a long report, Haaretz said that in addition to removing documents related to Israel’s nuclear plant and external relations, the Defence Ministry team has been systematically hiding hundreds of documents in an attempt to remove evidence of the Nakba.