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The Pentagon will allow the United States military to once again arm itself with older cluster munitions, a type of weapon that has been banned by 102 countries largely because of concerns that they disproportionately harm civilians. The change, detailed in a memo released on Friday, reverses a prohibition issued under President George W. Bush, and appears to be a concession by the United States that finding safer variants of the weapons has so far failed.

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The US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy to the disputed city, Donald Trump said on Wednesday in a much-anticipated speech. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would produce a different result," said the US president in an announcement. Therefore I have determined that it is the time to officially...

US President Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right group early Wednesday. The videos were posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the group Britain First, who claims the men in each are Muslim. Later in the day, British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman criticized Trump's move, saying he was wrong to share the anti-Muslim videos tweeted by a U.K. far-right leader. May's spokesman, James Slack, said Britain First seeks to divide...

Donald Trump made a racial joke about Native Americans on Monday during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo veterans of the second world war. Addressing Native American veterans, Trump repeated a favorite taunt about Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, a political opponent who he refers to derisively as “Pocahontas”. “You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, speaking to the veterans from a podium placed in front of a portrait of US president Andrew Jackson. “Although...

A Virginia teen who alleges a teacher pulled off her Islamic headscarf is now being harassed online by other students and another teacher from her school, a Muslim civil rights group has reported. Student Yasmin Yahye said last week that that teacher Lesmond Saunders removed her headscarf without her consent and has since told the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that she has experienced cyberbullying. In a letter to Lake Braddock Secondary School principal David Thomas Tuesday,...

The chief investigator of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has asked for judicial permission to launch an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, the ICC said.
According to an ICC statement, the investigation will look into crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, as well as any crimes linked the conflict that took place outside it since July 1, 2002. The parties under investigation will be the Taliban and another...

A teacher has been suspended after removing a pupil’s hijab headscarf in front of her classmates. Footage was posted to Snapchat at a school in Nashville in the United States, with the use of the caption “pretty hair”. Other children in the footage can be seen playing with the girl’s hair, while a second video goes under the caption “lol all that hair cover up”. The traditional Islamic headscarf is worn by some Muslim women and covers the hair and neck, while the face is not covered. It is...

An Asian man has been assaulted by a racist passenger on a San Francisco BART train. Nextshark reports that an incident involving a drunk passenger verbally and physically assaulting an Asian man on a San Francisco BART train occurred on 13 November.

A clip of the incident was shared on Reddit and Youtube by user pacmanwu, who recorded the video. In the clip, the drunk man is heard calling the Asian man a “nigger” and a “Chinese nigger”. The assaulter then hits the man and continues...

Harvey Weinstein allegedly hired an “army of spies”, including former Mossad agents, in an attempt to stop accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him, according to a report in the New Yorker. Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around autumn 2016, the magazine claims, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad. Another was corporate intelligence giant Kroll. The report,...

The University of Cincinnati is investigating comments a music professor made on a Muslim student's assignment after they were shared on social media. Among the professor's notes: "July 4th is not the day we tape a sign to a damn stick and go out and march with smug college brats and dysphoric drama queens."

College-Conservatory of Music Assistant Professor Clifford Adams' comments first went public Thursday when another UC student posted a photo of the exchange on Facebook. Fay...

Actor Kevin Spacey said on Sunday he is “beyond horrified” by allegations that he made sexual advances on a teen boy decades ago. The two-time Oscar winner posted on Twitter that he doesn’t remember the encounter. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years,” he said.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, actor...

About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis took to the streets of the small Tennessee city of Shelbyville on Saturday to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the federal government over the issue earlier this year. The “White Lives Matter” rally, organized by some of the same groups involved in a Virginia march in August that turned violent, drew an equal number of counter-demonstrators and a heavy police presence. After Shelbyville, the protesters were due to travel about...

It's been 21 days since the sexual assault allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein exploded into public view. Since then there have been new allegations made against other powerful men in various industries seemingly almost every day. From companies taking a second look at their sexual harassment policies to the tide of #MeToo stories flooding social media, the controversy has sparked the biggest national conversation on sexual harassment since the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas battle...

School officials in Bridgewater apologized Thursday after a classroom photo that appeared to show two white third-graders holding a black child by leashes led to complaints and outrage. In the photo, all three students and an adult are wearing 17th-century garb, and the two white children are holding straps attached to a gown being worn by a black girl who is kneeling on the floor.

According to school officials, the photo was shared by the classroom teacher with parents of her...

After dozens of women came forward with accounts of sexual harassment and assault against producer Harvey Weinstein (who denies some, but not all, of the claims), more women are speaking out about their own alleged experiences with other prominent men.

Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone and Weinstein’s brother and former business partner, Bob, are among those accused of misconduct in recent days. The reports come amid the viral #MeToo movement, in which women took to social media to disclose...