A Japanese woman was asked by an airline to take a pregnancy test before boarding a flight to a US island.

Midori Nishida was travelling from Hong Kong to Saipan to visit her parents when she was asked by staff at Hong Kong Express Airways to prove she was not pregnant as part of a 'fit-to-fly' assessment.

After telling crew she was not pregnant, Nishida was taken to the toilet by an employee, who made her urinate on a strip test before they would allow her to get on the plane...

Two Palestinians were forced on Wednesday to demolish their homes in the occupied West Bank to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the West Jerusalem municipality demolishes them.

Mousa Bashir and Ammar Nassar, from Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, received demolition orders with a deadline from the West Jerusalem municipality for construction without a permit.

Both decided to take down their homes to avoid paying high fees set by the municipality...

The victims of a paedophile priest at the heart of the biggest scandal to hit the Catholic church will face their attacker in a French court.

Bernard Preynat, 74, who has been defrocked, is believed to have sexually abused scores of boys over a 30-year period, many of them while they attended catechism classes or Boy Scout camps he ran.

Even after he admitted he was “sick” and had a problem with children, he was allowed to remain a priest in his diocese in Lyon.


Kashmiri girl Zeenat Shakeel has felt “discriminated against in India” all her young life. Now, cooped up in a small Calcutta hotel for more than three weeks, the would-be doctor wonders if she is facing “discrimination even by Bangladesh”.

Rubena Assadullah, Birjees Habib and Zeenat, three Kashmiri women in their early twenties, have been in the city since December 20, waiting for visas to travel to Dhaka and start classes at the Sirajul Islam Medical College and Hospital, a private...

A 16% increase in homelessness in California accounted for most of the 3% national increase, putting more heat on the state’s lagging effort to curb the surge, according to a new federal report.

The Housing and Urban Development Department late Tuesday released its homelessness report and counted 568,000 people without homes. Significantly, it found that homelessness among veterans, youths, and families is down. For veterans, it’s down 40% over the last 10 years.

The department...

According to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Tel Aviv-based human rights organization "Civil Rights Association" published by the report, the security operations launched in the village of East Jerusalem in Israel, months ago, some more than 600 Palestinian children under the age of 12 were arrested.

The report of a Palestinian boy who was taken into custody at the age of 13 was transferred to the report.

"4 police officers entered the house. One held my neck and hit my head on the...

Two children have been shot and injured by a driver after they threw snowballs at passing cars in the US state of Wisconsin.

One of the snowballs hit the motorist's vehicle and the person then opened fire.

Authorities said a girl aged 12 and a 13-year-old boy were taken to hospital following the shooting on Saturday night in a neighbourhood north of downtown Milwaukee.

The city's police department tweeted: "Preliminary investigation indicates both victims were with a...

The committee called the centre at Ellebæk in North Zealand “unacceptable for people”.

The Strasbourg-based European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) is the anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe.

The report is based on visits to Ellebæk and other detention centres including Nykøbing Falster Arrest.

Both facilities house migrants who are under arrest based on Denmark’s immigration laws (Udlændingeloven), but not for committing crimes.

In the...

Armed conflicts are worsening around the world and children are suffering terrible damage as a result, UNICEF, the United Nations' (UN) children's agency, said in a statement Monday.

The agency said more countries are experiencing conflict than at any time since 1989, when the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was introduced in order to enshrine the protection of children in conflict in international law.

UNICEF said it has verified more than 170,000 grave violations of...

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday sentenced Shalom Hazan, a community rabbi in the capital, for committing indecent acts with children under 16.

Hazan was convicted for abusing two boys and two girls, aged 6-12, whom he met at his synagogue where they assisted him with chores and studied Torah. He was ordered to compensate the victims with a sum of NIS 40,000.

The indictment against Hazan was filed nearly a year ago and detailed the manner in which the rabbi groomed the...

A retired French surgeon may have raped or sexually abused as many as 349 children over the 30 years of his career, a prosecutor investigating the case said Friday.

This could be France's biggest-ever paedophilia case.

Joel Le Scouarnec, 68, is planned on trial in March for the rape and sexual abuse of four child victims.

The allegations against him three decades he practised in hospitals across central and western France.

Accusations include the rape a six-year-...

UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian Territory said Thursday that 2.4 million people are in need of assistance, but the UN is targeting just 1.5 million because of funding difficulties.

Jamie McGoldrick held a news briefing in Geneva after Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, and him, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020 in Ramallah, the occupied Palestinian territory, Dec. 11.

"We've put together this plan for next year, which is to...

The number of households considered newly homeless or at risk of becoming so has increased by 11.4% across England in the past year, according to government figures, a rise of almost 7,000 households.

Between April and June 2019, 68,170 households were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness. Of those, 32,220 households were deemed to be homeless – an increase of 23% on the same time period last year.

The number of households living in temporary...

Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic church deals with cases of sexual abuse of children, abolishing the rule of pontifical secrecy that previously covered them.

Two documents issued by the pope back practices that have been in place in some countries, particularly the US, such as reporting suspicion of sexual abuse to civil authorities where required by law.

The documents, which put the practices into universal church law, also forbid...

A sick baby spent 11 hours waiting for a bed at the same hospital rocked by the NHS scandal where a poorly boy was forced to sleep on the floor.

Mum of two Kertu Babik, said she was reduced to tears and left pleading with nurses to see a doctor.

Her three week old baby girl, Blanka, was eventually diagnosed with bronchiolitis and spent a week recovering at Leeds General Infirmary.

The family have decided to speak out in support of the mum who found herself under fire...