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Three schools in Texas are reintroducing corporate punishment for bad behaviour. Staff will be able to use a wooden paddle to beat disobedient students in Three Rivers Schools District, which educates children from four to 18 at its elementary, junior and senior high schools. The child will receive one paddling for each misdemeanour, such as not following rules in the classroom or not obeying teachers. When parents enrol their children, they will be asked whether they consent to the use of...

A bill that would criminalise boycotts against Israel has been signed by 45 US senators and 237 congressman. The so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” would impose fines of up to $250,000 (£192,000) on any US citizen “engaged in interstate or foreign commerce” who supports a boycott of Israeli goods and services. The US has long defended Israel in territorial disputes in the Middle East, even as the Israeli military has expanded into areas assigned to the Palestinians by international law....

A police department has launched an investigation after an officer was filmed repeatedly beating a homeless woman with a baton as he arrested her. The footage shows Katie McCrary screaming as she is struck 12 times within 30 seconds by the officer, who yells "put your hands behind your back" and threatens to shoot her. Police had been called to reports of a woman begging for money from customers at a petrol station in Decatur, a city in the US state of Georgia. The clip, filmed by an...

A man accused of a racist attack on a Muslim couple completely broke down on camera and cried uncontrollably. Frederick Nolan Sorrell was charged with three misdemeanors after allegedly driving past the couple, shouting "go back to your fucking country" and making a gun gesture with his hand. He allegedly followed the pair and said: "Take off the fucking burka. This is America." The incident took place in Portland, Oregon, in May. He was arrested in July. But he appeared to have a changed in...

The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria that require a "close" family or business relation in the U.S. for visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries, according to The Associated Press. The action comes after the Supreme Court decided Monday to allow part of a travel ban on refugees and immigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee admittance program. The court will hear the full case during its fall...

In the wake of 9/11, the Central Intelligence Agency paid a pair of military psychologists $81 million to develop and execute a slate of “enhanced interrogation” techniques that would be used on suspected terrorists for years to come. Although the program has by now been brought into the light, the story of these two men has remained largely out of sight until now. Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell have been called the architects of the interrogation tactics — today decried as...

A Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook. Outside the courthouse, Castile’s mother said the officer got away with “murder”.

Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was also cleared of two lesser charges arising from the July 2016 traffic stop in a St Paul suburb. Jurors deliberated for about 29 hours over five days. Castile was shot just seconds after informing...

The media give considerably more coverage to terrorist attacks by Muslims — particularly if the perpetrator is foreign-born — than to attacks by anyone else, according to a new study. Muslims commit far fewer terrorist attacks than non-Muslims, the research found, but when attacks by Muslims do happen they are written about 4.5 times more than other attacks.

Researchers at Georgia State University first looked at all attacks in the United States between 2011 and 2015, as listed in the...

Seattle police fatally shot a 30-year-old mother of four in her home after they responded to her emergency call about a burglary. Charleena Lyles was shot after police saw her holding a knife, the Seattle Times reported.

Ms Lyles lived in Brettler Family Place, a complex of apartment homes meant for people transitioning out of homelessness. She had called the police on the morning of 18 June to report the crime.

Seattle Police issued a statement in which they said Ms Lyles...

A Muslim teenager was assaulted and killed in the early hours of Sunday as she walked home after prayers at a mosque near Washington. The death of Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, northern Virginia, stunned the local community. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with her murder.

A potential hate crime is one of the possible motives under investigation, the Washington Post reported. Nabra’s mother, Sawsan Gazzar, told the paper: “I think it had to do with the way she...

Right-wing marchers have taken to the streets in several cities across the United States for the National March Against Sharia, an anti-Muslim campaign that has been roundly criticised by rights groups and watchdogs. Responding to a call by ACT for America, march participants came out in at least 28 cities in some 20 states on Saturday. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has described ACT for America as an "extremist" organisation and the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the...

A group of teen girls dining at a restaurant in the south suburbs of Chicago was verbally abused Monday by another patron, apparently because of their Muslim faith. According to a post on Facebook, the girls, who were wearing religious headscarves, had finished dinner at Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant in Hickory Hills at the end of their fast for Ramadan.

Sawim Osman and her friends say they were walking out when a man in a booth began insulting them. “We didn’t say anything to him. We...

A day after a terror attack in London that left seven people dead, a Republican congressman from Louisiana urged people to kill anybody they suspect could be a radicalized Muslim. “Hunt them, identity [sic] them, and kill them. Kill them all,” Rep. Clay Higgins wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday. “For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”

“The free world... all of Christendom... is at war with Islamic horror,” Higgins, a former police captain, wrote on Sunday...

A writer for conservative media outlet Breitbart says she has been fired after tweeting “there would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there.” Katie McHugh writes on Twitter that Breitbart fired her “for telling the truth about Islam and Muslim immigration.” She is asking people to donate to an online fundraiser to help pay her medical bills while she looks to find another job.

Fellow Breitbart writer Ryan Saavedra called for a return of the Crusades...

Mosul’s children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between U.S.-backed government forces and the Islamic State group in the city’s western half, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Monday. Iraqi forces are in their last push to drive IS militants from the remaining pockets of territory they still hold in the Old City where narrow streets and a dense civilian population are complicating the fight.

The UNICEF Representative in Iraq, Peter Hawkins, said the agency...