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  • Israel troops speak out on Gaza war

    Troops fighting in Israel's war on Gaza were urged by their commanders to shoot first rather than worry about killing civilians, a document from an Israeli activist group shows. Published on Wednesday, the document also gives an insight into Israel's policy of house demolitions and its use of white phosphorus during its 22-day campaign. "Better.. More

  • Anti-Islamic attacks on the rise

    The murder of Marwa Sherbini, a veiled (and pregnant) Egyptian woman, as she prepared to give evidence in a German courtroom against a man who physically assaulted her, has incensed the Muslim World and re-ignited the debate over whether Europe is a truly tolerant society or one on the cusp of xenophobic extremism. Muslims say the attitudes which prevailed.. More

  • Chinese repression of Uighurs

    Chinese President Hu Jintao has cut short an official visit to Italy for the G8 summit and is returning home following deadly response to protests of Uighurs in East Turkistan, state media reported. The government flooded the area with security forces in the wake of deadly response that left 156 dead. Hu left for home early Wednesday "due to.. More

  • Uighurs blame 'ethnic hatred'

    The riots that rocked the city of Urumqi in China's northwestern Xinjiang region are the area's worst for more than a decade. What makes these riots different, however, is the high number of causalities. Exile groups say violence erupted after police moved in on Sunday to break up a peaceful demonstration protesting against the killing of two Uighur.. More

  • N Korea food aid at 'critical' low

    Millions of North Korean women and children are facing a critical shortage of food as aid supplies to the isolated communist nation dry up, the United Nations' food agency has warned. With sanctions against North Korea tightening and the North Korean government itself stepping up restrictions on aid groups, the World Food Program (WFP) says it.. More

  • Gaza residents 'live in despair'

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has described the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza as people "trapped in despair". In a report, it said that a main cause was the continuing Israeli blockade. The report comes six months after the end of Israel's military offensive in Gaza in which at least 1,300 Palestinians died. The.. More

  • 'Killing Arab civilians is Jewish way of war', says Rabbi

    Aleading Orthodox American Rabbi caused a huge row when he said the Jewish way of fighting a moral war was to kill civilians and destroys places of worship. Rabbi Manis Friedman of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies, Minnesota, was responding to questions by a Jewish American magazine as part of its ‘Ask the Rabbis’ feature, when.. More

  • On a mission to 'reclaim' Jerusalem

    Arye King is an Israeli settler on a self-appointed "mission from God": to extend Jewish ownership over the whole of Jerusalem. Armed only with a crash helmet and a list of properties which, he says, belong to Jewish owners, he travels by motor scooter around the Jerusalem area, posting eviction orders against Palestinians who believe they.. More

  • Outcry over Silwan demolition plan

    The Palestinian village of Silwan clings to a steep hillside facing the southern walls of Jerusalem's Old City. In the valley below, Al Bustan neighborhood stretches out in the shadow of Haram al-Sharif, also known as the Temple Mount. It is a setting rich in meaning for Muslims, Jews and Christians. But the Israeli authorities in Jerusalem have plans.. More

  • The agony of Iraq's Palestinians

    In the past few years, the Palestinians' 61-year-old tragedy has been given a new dimension. The Palestinian refugees of Iraq, who became victims of persecution and violence before being chased from their Baghdad homes after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, are among the world's most vulnerable communities. The tents of al-Waleed camp in the deserts.. More

  • UN: 'Wars displace record numbers'

    A record number of people were registered as forcibly displaced within their own country during 2008, the UN's refugee agency has said. Last year, 14.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) were registered as living under UN care, compared to 13.7 million the previous year, according to a UNHCR study published on Tuesday. The annual refugee.. More

  • Limiting a Palestinian state

    It was billed as a peace speech, but Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, echoed the words of a colonialist conqueror when he delivered his much-anticipated policy speech at Bar Illan University. Without ambiguity, he told the Palestinians that their existence and future hinges on their acquiescence - the relinquishing of their own history,.. More

  • As Iraq runs dry, a plague of snakes is unleashed

    An unprecedented fall in the water levels of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers has exposed the rural population to dangers of heat, drought – and displaced wildlife. Swarms of snakes are attacking people and cattle in southern Iraq as the Euphrates and Tigris rivers dry up and the reptiles lose their natural habitat among the reed beds. Doctors.. More

  • Inside North Korea's labor camps

    It is estimated that 150,000-200,000 prisoners are detained in the camps, located in valleys in remote mountainous areas of the central and northern part of North Korea. Deeply secretive North Korea does not publish any details of the camps or the detainees held in them, but accounts from former inmates and guards who have defected paint a bleak.. More

  • Bound, blindfolded and beaten – by Israeli troops

    Two Israeli officers have testified that troops in the West Bank beat, bound and blindfolded Palestinian civilians as young as 14. The damaging disclosures by two sergeants of the Kfir Brigade include descriptions of abuses they say they witnessed during a search-and-detain operation involving hundreds of troops in Hares village on 26 March. The testimonies.. More