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A Russian airline forced five Asian-American passengers to fly to Delhi instead of New York because of their skin colour, according to a racial discrimination complaint.

Aeroflot staff warned the US citizens, all of south Asian descent, they would be “deported” to India if they refused to board the flight.

The Americans were travelling from Delhi to the US on 7 January but were stranded during a stopover in Moscow when their connecting flight to JFK International Airport was...

Mumine Saliyeva cannot forget how masked, gun-toting pro-Russian security officers pounded on her door last October. They arrived to search her apartment and arrest her husband, Seiran Saliyev.

"Every day, I check a hundred times whether the door is locked, I get up at night to check, check again before my morning prayer," the fine-featured 32-year-old woman in a white headscarf told Al Jazeera.

"The echo of that knock is still in my ears; I can't do anything about it."

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"Incontrovertible" test results show sarin gas or a similar substance was used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. Samples from 10 victims had been analysed at four laboratories, OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu said. The attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 87 people. The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents. Its ally Russia meanwhile said an air strike hit a rebel depot full of...

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...

Syrian children show symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report released Tuesday.

Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.

The report from Save the Children comes as the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war approaches and it calls on all sides to prioritize mental health issues before...

Anas Jibran looks protectively over at his daughter learning how to walk again. He remembers the exact date the five-year-old lost her limb. Reem Anas walks assisted by crutches and a nurse to get used to her new left leg.

Reem Anas and her father are from Termanin, in the Idlib province of Syria.

“On January 25, 2016, there was a Russian airstrike on my village. It was four o’clock in the evening, I had stepped out for 15 minutes,” Jibran says. “When I came back I found the...

nesty International, a campaign group which has accused the Kremlin of violating human rights with its bombing campaign in Syria, was ejected from its Moscow office on Wednesday.

The Moscow city government, from which Amnesty leased the premises in central Moscow, said the group was behind on the rent, but Amnesty said it had documents to prove it was up to date with payments.

Staff at the Moscow office arrived at work to find the locks had been changed, official seals had been...

An international aid convoy has been hit by an air strike near the Syrian city of Aleppo according to the Syrian Red Crescent.

At least 18 of the 31 vehicles were struck as they were delivering assistance for 78,000 people in a rebel-held area.

One report said at least 12 people were killed, most of them drivers.

Aid deliveries to besieged areas were a key part of the cessation of hostilities deal brokered by the US and Russia seven days ago.

However earlier the...

Local sources reported that a russian airstrike hit and destroyed the "Shifa" hospital in Idlib province, Syria. As a result of this attack, hospital building suffered extensive damage and become dysfuctional. Russia continues to bomb schools, hospitals and bazaars under the control of opposition groups since the 30 September 2015 as beginning of Russian intervention in Syria.

Vladimir Gorodetsky, the governor of the Novosibirsk region, issued a decree banning foreign workers from a number of key job sectors, ostensibly to protect such positions for Russian citizens. The Siberian Times reports that foreign workers are no longer welcome to a wide array of jobs: positions in schools or kindergartens are off limits, as are jobs as drivers, miners, fishermen or hunters; positions in law, finance or accounting are right out, as are secretarial, editorial or translation...

Coup soldiers attacked civilians with tanks, F-16 jets and helicopters. They targeted innocent civilians deliberately. Turkish parliament and Presidential Complex were also bombed by coup plotters. However, despite this tragic event that no representatives or officials from EU have visited for condolence since failed coup in Turkey.

The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees.
The goal of the agreements—described as “compacts”—is “the combatting of causes of flight and a reduction of irregular migration to Europe,”...