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The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias".

The "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights", said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley.

Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

But activists said the US move could hurt efforts to monitor and address human rights abuses around the world....

Macron told off a teenager during visit to Mont Valerian fort where French resistance members were executed.

Like most politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron seems to enjoy pressing the flesh and posing for selfies when on public outings.

Just don’t call him by a nickname.

A cheeky teen who dared greet him with a breezy “How’s it going, Manu” during an official outing near Paris on Monday was left red-faced after receiving a sharp dressing-down from the 40-year-...

Israeli forces detained head of the security department of the al-Aqsa Mosque and searched the Bab al-Rahma area east of the mosque on June 18.

Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media department at the Islamic Endowment identified the detainee as Abdullah Abu Taleb saying that he was immediately taken to the Chain Gate detention center.

Dibs added that groups of Israeli settlers raided and toured the compound while Israeli forces prevented Abu Taleb from following...

The Syrian regime and allied Russian forces have killed at least 1,109 civilians in northern Syria’s Idlib province since May 2017, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The civilian deaths included at least 255 children and 209 women in at least 233 attacks.

The attacks also targeted 34 medical centers, 50 schools, and 16 marketplaces, SNHR said in a report Wednesday, adding at least 32 massacres have been committed.

Idlib is among a number of de-...

The loud interruptions during a speech of Bosnia-born lawmaker Alma Zadic in Austria's Parliament caused outrage as they were branded sexist and racist, the Der Standard Austrian paper reported on June 12.

Zadic, a lawmaker from the Green Party renegade List of Peter Pilz, had taken the floor on Tuesday to speak about protection of intelligence officials when a lawmaker from the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) interrupted her, yelling out “you are not in Bosnia, don’t mix...

The parole board at Rimonim Prison has denied Ahed Tamimi’s early release request. The 17-year-old Palestinian girl was sent to jail for eight and a half months after slapping an Israeli soldier in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Tamimi’s attorney, Gaby Lasky, wrote in reaction on Facebook, “It’s interesting that the parole board decided it was OK to grant an early release to Elor Azaria (so that he would serve nine months), and a different board prevented Ahed’s release so that...

Mohammed al-Baba, a photographer for Agence France-Presse, was hit by a live round fired by the Israel Defense Forces while covering a protest east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalia, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, reportsshared by news outlets on social media, and CPJ interviews with local journalists Saud Abu Ramadan and Moneeb Saada. 

Al-Baba, who was shot below the knee in the right leg, was taken to Al-Awda Hospital in Jabalia, according to...

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 11 overturned a key immigration case that had granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman who had been raped and beaten by her former husband.

The decision could have wide-ranging impacts on immigrants seeking refuge in the United States from violence in their home countries

Sessions’ ruling came after he made the unusual move to personally intervene in the case, known as the “Matter of A-B-“ after the woman had won an appeal to the Board of...

The U.N. humanitarian agency's top official for Syria expressed concerns Monday about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of war.

Panos Moumtzis of U.N. OCHA said military escalation could make Idlib's situation "much more complicated and brutal" than other conflict zones in Syria.

Over the past years, tens of thousands of Syrians have been displaced from other parts of Syria...

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an investigation into air strikes in the Syrian province of Idlib several days ago, the UN chief's spokesman said in a statement on June 10.

"The Secretary-General expresses deep concern about the airstrikes that reportedly targeted the village of Zardana in northern rural Idlib on the night of 7 to 8 June, killing dozens including children. He calls for a full investigation into the attacks, especially allegations that there was also a...

Air strikes on a village in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 44 people overnight, the highest death toll in a single attack on the region this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on June 8.

The monitoring group said Russian war planes probably carried out the attacks. The Russian Defense Ministry later denied its war planes were involved, according to Russian news agencies.

Russia is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main ally in his war against...

Israeli military aircraft on June 7 dropped leaflets across the blockaded Gaza Strip warning Palestinians not to take part in planned Friday demonstrations.

The leaflets reportedly warned Gazans “to refrain from participating in demonstrations and chaos, which will only endanger your lives”.

Another one read: “Do not participate in violent demonstrations near the [Gaza-Israel] barrier for your own good.”

“Don’t let Hamas exploit you for its own narrow interests,” it...

Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 600 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories and besieged Gaza Strip in May, including 94 children and nine women, human rights groups have said.

Palestinian prisoners’ associations and human rights organisations including the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association, Addameer, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs and Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, documented the arrests.

Their figured reveal that Israeli...

Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuaín said on June 5, as political pressure grew before Saturday’s scheduled fixture in Jerusalem.

“They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuaín said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been cancelled.

The match at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina’s last before they start their World Cup campaign in Russia against Iceland on 16 June.

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More than 40 million US citizens live in poverty and some five million live in third world conditions because of inhumane government policies, UN investigators revealed in a report.

The Trump administration’s tax reform bill is facilitating inequality by attacking the US welfare system, Alston added.

Poverty in the United States, he said, appears to be fueled by contempt along with a "winner takes all" mentality.

In addition, Alston pointed out that individuals in ...