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ICC set for first monetary awards to war crime victims

Court in The Hague expected to make first compensation award to victims of war crimes, relating to an attack in the DRC.<p>Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are expected on Friday to unveil the first compensation awards to victims of war crimes, with lawyers estimating a 2003 attack on …

Africa

James Jackson charged with murdering Timothy Caughman

Baltimore resident with 'intent to kill as many black men as he could' plunged sword into 66-year-old Timothy Caughman.<p>A white supremacist who stabbed a 66-year-old black man to death with a sword in New York has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime.<p>James Harris Jackson, who …

Crime

Antonio Guterres: Salva Kiir is ignoring famine

Secretary General Guterres says government in Juba refuses to acknowledge plight of 100,000 people suffering famine.<p>UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has accused South Sudan's government of ignoring the plight of 100,000 people suffering from famine, 7.5 million in need of humanitarian aid and …

Africa

White House pushes healthcare vote with ultimatum

Approve healthcare bill or Obamacare stays in place, is President Donald Trump's message to lawmakers.<p>Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump has demanded a make-or-break vote on healthcare legislation in the US House of Representatives, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on …

Westminster attack: Vigil held in Trafalgar Square

Mourners fill Trafalgar Square after police identify British man who killed four people near parliament.Thousands of mourners have filled Trafalgar Square for a vigil for the victims killed in Wednesday's car-and-knife attack in the heart of London.MPs and members of the Metropolitan Police were …

David Friedman approved as US ambassador to Israel

David Friedman, a known donor to illegal settlements on Palestinian land, confirmed as ambassador to Israel.<p>The US Senate has approved the appointment of President Donald Trump's former bankruptcy lawyer, a supporter of Israeli settlement building, as Washington's ambassador to Israel.<p>Trump's …

Israel

Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea

More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.<p>About 250 people are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after two partially submerged rubber dinghies were found off the coast of Libya.<p>Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the Spanish …

Refugees

Uganda at 'breaking point' from S Sudan refugee crisis

UN calls for urgent $250m as numbers of refugees fleeing violence and famine could surpass a million before mid-2017.<p>The United Nations has warned that Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 refugees pour into the country every day from South Sudan, fleeing violence and famine in the …

Africa

Israeli officer beats Palestinian in Jerusalem

Officer suspended from duty after video emerges showing him violently assaulting Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem.<p><b>Jerusalem -</b> An Israeli policeman was caught on video on Thursday physically assaulting a Palestinian in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi el-Joz.<p>The video shows a …

B'Tselem

Donald Trump suffers setback over healthcare bill

Crucial vote on bill to replace Obamacare delayed in US president's first major legislative test.<p>A vote in the US House of Representatives on a bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare" has been delayed, in a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan in their first major …

Health Care

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed: Help the Somali people

President urges the world to step up, highlighting the 2011 famine that killed 260,000 Somalis.<p>Somalia's president said on Thursday almost half his country's people are facing acute food shortages and about 15 percent are facing famine. He urged the world to help.<p>Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the …

Africa

J&J pulls ads from YouTube over 'offensive' videos

Johnson & Johnson the latest company to drop ads over fears content may appear alongside 'terrorism' and hate videos.<p>US healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson has become the latest company to suspend all digital advertising on YouTube over concerns its ads may have appeared on channels that …

UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting

'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.<p>The United Nations said fighting around Syria's capital has cut off 300,000 people from humanitarian assistance and pauses in the conflict are needed to allow aid convoys to get to …

Syria

US general: Russia may be supplying Taliban fighters

Russia is 'perhaps' aiding the Taliban in fighting against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, US general alleges.<p>The top US general in Europe said on Thursday he has seen growing Russian influence on the Afghan Taliban, and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the fighters.<p>Russia …

Afghanistan

Israel arrests suspect behind US-Jewish bomb threats

Israeli police arrest teenager in connection to more than 150 anti-Semitic bomb threats against Jewish centres.<p>Israeli police have arrested an Israeli-Jewish teenager as the main suspect in a string of anti-Semitic bomb threats in the United States.<p>The US-based Anti-Defamation League said more than …

Anti-Semitism

Battle for Mosul: Sharp rise in civilian deaths

Monitors and officials say there's been a marked increase in civilian deaths as Iraqi forces push into Mosul's Old City.<p>Scores of civilians - including many women and children - have reportedly been killed in west Mosul over the past few days as Iraqi forces push through narrow streets and closer …

Iraq

Fierce fighting in Syria as talks restart in Geneva

A fifth round of Syria talks in Geneva kicks off on shaky ground as clashes increase in Hama and Damascus.<p>The Syrian army and rebels fought in the capital Damascus and north of Hama on Thursday after the opposition's biggest offensive in months, underscoring the bleak prospects for UN-led talks …

Syria

Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers

At least 15 ISIL fighters also die during a raid in the volatile Sinai peninsula, Egyptian military says.<p>Ten Egyptian security personnel, including three army officers, have been killed in two roadside bombings during a security operation in Egypt’s troubled Sinai peninsula on Thursday, an Egyptian …

Egypt

Taliban capture key Afghan district; 9 police killed

Afghan security forces amassing for full-scale counterattack in a bid to retake Sangin district after Taliban assault.<p>The Taliban captured a key district centre in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, …

Ex-Russia MP Denis Voronenkov killed in Ukraine: police

Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian politician, was shot dead in Ukraine's capital Kiev, police say.<p>Former Russian member of parliament Denis Voronenkov has been shot dead in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, according to Ukrainian authorities.<p>Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko confirmed on Thursday in …

Ukraine

Ukraine calls depot explosion an act of sabotage

The munitions and arms housed in the depot were used by Ukrainian troops fighting insurgents.<p>One of the Ukraine's largest munitions depots, containing over 10,000 tons of munitions and missiles, went up in flames on Thursday.<p>The military is calling it an act of sabotage.<p>“A fire broke out,” said …

Ukraine

UN: 400,000 Iraqis 'trapped in Mosul's Old City'

'Worst is yet to come', with hundreds of thousands remaining in Mosul's Old City under siege-like conditions, UN says.<p>Some 600,000 people remain in the parts of western Mosul held by ISIL, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions, according to the United …

Iraq

1,100 Afghan children a day 'to drop out of school'

Some 400,000 Afghan children might not attend classes this year, putting them at great risk, Save the Children says.<p>Hundreds of thousands of Afghan children are expected to drop out of school this year, leaving them exposed to significant risks, an international aid group has warned.<p>In a report …

Refugees

Sea ice cover at both poles hit record winter lows

Researchers say the sea ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is the smallest in the 38-year satellite record.<p>The extent of sea ice at both poles has hit new record lows for this time of the year, according to US and European scientists.<p>The disappearing sea ice comes as the planet marks …

Global Warming

London police: Eight arrests over Westminster attack

Police identify British man as assailant and arrest eight in probe into deadly attack near UK parliament.<p>Seven people have been arrested after overnight raids on six homes over an attack outside the British parliament in London, according to UK police.<p>Mark Rowley, acting deputy commissioner at the …

Terrorism

Kenyan accused of 'hacking tax agency, stealing $40m'

IT expert Alex Mutuku charged with hacking into the country's tax authority, Kenyan media reports say.<p>Kenyan authorities have charged an IT expert with hacking into the country's tax authority and stealing almost $40m, according to local media.<p>Alex Mutunga Mutuku, 28, is accused of belonging to a …

Sewol disaster: South Korea raises sunken ferry

More than 300 people, most schoolchildren, were killed when the vessel capsized and sunk almost three years ago.<p>Salvage workers are pulling up a South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago killing more than 300 people, in one of the country's worst-ever maritime disasters.<p>The vessel, the …

South Korea

Turkey protests against Norway giving officers asylum

Ambassador to Ankara summoned after Norway grants political asylum to Turkish officers allegedly linked to failed coup.<p>The Norwegian ambassador to Ankara has been summoned to Turkey’s foreign ministry after Norway granted political asylum to five former Turkish military officers allegedly involved …

Turkey

Westminster attack: Five killed outside UK parliament

Police suspect man who rammed car into pedestrians before stabbing others was 'inspired by international terrorism'.<p>London police say five people, including the attacker, were killed after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a man went on a stabbing spree before being shot dead close to the British …

Europe

UN condemns Sri Lanka over war probe

UN rights chief suggests Colombo's persistent failure to investigate atrocities stems from fear of punishing soldiers.<p>The United Nations has condemned Sri Lanka's government for failing to investigate civil war-era atrocities, suggesting the government was afraid of punishing soldiers who committed …

Middle East