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Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016.

2 December is designated the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which marks the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in...

Ehsanullah, 14, was missing parts of his face and skull when he was rushed into the emergency room.

His left eyeball was crushed, his right eye missing, his forehead an open wound.

He cried out as a doctor pressed gauze over his head, the material quickly turning dark red.

“They wanted to hit the Taliban, but they bombed us instead,” said the boy’s mother, Qarara, who like many in Afghanistan goes by one name. “We are sinless people. How could this happen to us?”

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UN war crimes investigators called for the Syrian government to inform families of the fate of their relatives who were disappeared or detained by the regime, after officials confirmed that a Syrian-American woman who went missing in 2015 was executed a year later.

The UN’s demand comes amid news of the death of Syrian-American activist Layla Shweikani, who died in 2016 while detained by intelligence services.

Raised in Chicago, Shweikani travelled to Damascus in 2015 to help...

CNN fired liberal pundit Marc Lamont Hill, following controversial statements he made about Israel at the United Nations.

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a network spokesperson said in an email.

Speaking at a pro-Palestine meeting at the U.N. on Wednesday, Hill called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

The statement — which is sometimes said by Hamas and refers to extending Palestine’s borders from the Jordan River to the...

The UN children’s fund warned that a funding gap and the start of winter could leave nearly one million children “out in the cold” in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Years of conflict, displacement and unemployment have reduced families’ financial resources to almost nothing. Staying warm has simply become unaffordable,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

The UN agency said it was facing a $33-million funding gap –- two...

Yemen's war of three-and-a-half years has killed at least 10,000 people and pushed the nation to the brink of the world's worst famine in 100 years, leaving 14 million people -- about half the country's population -- at risk of starvation, according to the United Nations.

The United States will bear shared responsibility for what may be the largest famine in decades if it does not cease its military support for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen,...

The number of domestic violences cases in Germany is an "unimaginable order of magnitude," says the family minister. A woman is killed by a partner or ex-partner every three days.

German Women's Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey on Tuesday pledged to crack down on domestic violence after revealing domestic figures for 2017.

Cases of domestic violence have risen almost 10 percent over the past three years, however only a fraction of victims actually report abuse.

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An estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen’s civil war in 2015, an international aid group said on November 20.

Save the Children based its figures on mortality rates for untreated cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition in young children. The U.N. says more than 1.3 million children have suffered from SAM since a Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels in March 2015.

The group said its “conservative...

Several activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May, including a number of women who campaigned for the right to drive, have been beaten and tortured during interrogation, Amnesty International said Tuesday. 

Saudi Arabia has detained at least 10 women and seven men on vague national security allegations related to their human rights work. Those detained include Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef, who had campaigned for the right to drive before the decades-...

Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for performing euthanasia on a patient in the first case of its kind since its legalisation 16 years ago.

The decision was taken after a regional euthanasia review board found she had "overstepped the mark" in euthanising the 74-year-old Alzheimer's patient.

Prosecutors allege the patient's will was "unclear and contradictory" when it came to her final wishes.

The doctor, who has not been named, says she acted cautiously in the...

At least, 1,110 people have lost their lives to cholera outbreak in 29 out of the 36 states of the federation this year.
This is contained in the weekly report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In the weekly epidemiological report, week 43 report, NCDC disclosed that no fewer than 48,686 suspected cholera cases were recorded between weeks one and 43 of 2018, with 829 laboratory confirmed and 1,110 deaths from 239 local government areas in the 29 states.

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At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, medics said Monday, as Britain's top diplomat visited the Gulf seeking to boost international calls for a ceasefire.

Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Houthi rebels from the strategic Red Sea city, whose docks are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

Asked about the possibility of a ceasefire, a coalition...

Amnesty International has withdrawn a prestigious human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi, following what it described as a “shameful betrayal” of the values she once stood for.

It is the latest in a series of accolades to be withdrawn from Aung San Suu Kyi, including the US Holocaust Museum’s Elie Weisel award and Freedom of the City awards, which were revoked by Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Amnesty International said on Monday that Aung San Suu Kyi, now Myanmar’...

Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in an apparently botched undercover raid and ensuing firefight that has threatened to destroy a precarious, unofficial ceasefire.

In apparent response to the gunfight, more than a dozen rockets were launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave overnight, and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, cut short a visit to Paris, where he had been gathering with world leaders for a first world war commemoration.

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British companies are thinking about fitting their employees with microchips—and the country’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body aren’t happy about it.

UK microchip firm BioTeq claims to have already fitted 150 people in the UK with implants. Meanwhile, Swedish microchip company Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph it was in conversation with several companies in the U.K., including one with hundreds of thousands of employees.

The microchips, usually about the...