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Report: Israeli army using excessive force

Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank over the past three years showing a "callous disregard for human life," a report by Amnesty International says.<p>The report, released on Wednesday and entitled Trigger-happy: Israel's Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank, documents …

N Korea tests missiles during US-South drills

North Korea has fired four short-range missiles toward the sea off the country's east coast, a media official at South Korea's Defence Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.<p>North Korea fired the missiles at 5.42pm (8.42am GMT) on Thursday from a mountain site …

Ukraine tense as Crimea buildings are seized

Ukraine has warned Russia against "military aggression" after armed men seized government buildings in the Crimean region and raised a Russian flag, with reports also emerging that Viktor Yanukovich, the deposed Ukrainian president, was being sheltered by Russia.<p>Against this backdrop of rising …

Syria chemical weapons: Delay claims denied by regime

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1050000/1050575_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534577465_3e6a5af22f3ec4115e22faa0eb6e286a<p><b>Syria says international accusations that it is delaying the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile are "absolutely unjustified".</b><p>Deputy Foreign …

Middle East

Iran parades long-range missiles

Iran has paraded 30 missiles with a nominal range of 2,000km, this is the first time it displayed so many with the theoretical capacity to hit Israeli targets.<p>In the past 200 years, Iran has never attacked another country.<p>Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran,<p>Iran revealed 12 Sejil and 18 Ghadr …

Mortar shell hits Russian embassy in Syria

A mortar shell has landed in the compound of the Russian embassy in central Damascus, injuring three people, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.<p>"On September 22 as a result of shelling by the rebels of the Damascus neighbourhood of Mazzeh, one of the shells exploded on the territory of the Russian …

Damascus calls arms deal 'victory for Syria'

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons is a "victory" that averts war, a Syrian minister said, as Washington warned that the threat of US force "remains real".<p>"On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting war against Syria...," …

Obama says Iran nuclear row 'larger' than Syria crisis

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1010000/1010895_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534577466_3d9ad4a6e6b42d10f2e23b53fcbc8e21<p><b>US President Barack Obama says Iran should draw "a lesson" from the deal reached over Syria's chemical weapons.</b><p>Iran's nuclear programme is a "far …

South Asia

Syria conflict: Kerry says bigger risk not taking action

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1008000/1008987_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534577466_05444264271de853d2073df827e18811<p><b>US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that not responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces would be riskier than taking</b> …

Middle East

Sleep 'boosts brain cell numbers'

<b>Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.</b><p>Sleep ramps up the production of cells that go on to make an insulating material known as myelin which protects our brain's circuitry.<p>The findings, so far in mice, could lead to insights …

Immune System

Obama: World cannot be silent on Syria

Barack Obama, the US president, has said the international community cannot remain silent in the face of the "barbarism" of the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.<p>Obama told a news conference on Wednesday that "failing to respond to this attack would only increase the risk of more …

The US: Surveillance, secrets and security | US & Canada

This week on the <i>Listening Post</i>, we feature a special edition of the show. <br>On August 21, Bradley Manning, the US soldier convicted of leaking a trove of secret government documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison having been convicted in July of 20 charges …

Obama: Syria chemical weapon claim a 'grave concern'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1004000/1004982_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534577464_cc0cccd56271a54f5e2c05795f01cccd<p><b>US President Barack Obama has said the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria in an attack on Wednesday is a "big event of grave concern".</b><p>Mr Obama …

Middle East

Lebanese city of Tripoli rocked by deadly explosions

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1004000/1004996_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534417746_a08140c57ba88b84c146c2d30fc725e5<p><b>At least 42 people have been killed and more than 400 wounded in two huge bomb attacks in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli.</b><p>The blasts, near mosques, …

Middle East

August 2013

Joy and heartache greet Gazans upon release | Israel

In northern Gaza last week, thousands gathered at the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel, awaiting the arrival of 15 Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails.<p>As the bus carrying the prisoners crossed to the Palestinian side, crowds waving both Hamas and Fatah flags lifted the men on …

Cuba's Raúl Castro backs asylum offers for Snowden

HAVANA (AP) — Raúl Castro stood shoulder-to-shoulder Sunday with Latin American countries willing to take in NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but made no reference to whether Cuba itself would offer him refuge or safe passage.<p>Venezuela and Bolivia both made asylum offers to Snowden over the weekend, and …

Edward Snowden accuses US of illegal, aggressive campaign

Edward Snowden,World news,NSA,US news,US national security,US foreign policy,Russia,Europe,Surveillance<p>Whistleblower uses first public appearance since surveillance leaks to defend decision and praise states that offered asylum<p>The American whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the US of waging a …

Lawyer to challenge secret Guantanamo camp

A defence lawyer who gained rare access to an ultra-secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison has said that the camp does not meet international standards under the Geneva Conventions, an allegation denied by the chief prosecutor for the US military's war crimes tribunal.<p>James Connell, a lawyer …

Aleppo: A city where snipers shoot children

<b>Bustan al-Qasr is the last remaining crossing point between the rebel and regime-held sides of Aleppo. Snipers are rife and the atmosphere tense, yet hundreds are forced to use it every day to get to work, to study and buy food.</b><p>"Today, at about midday, I treated someone who had been shot in the …

Middle East

Hezbollah and Assad: An unbreakable alliance? | Iran

On Thursday, an explosion in Beirut struck near a facility used by Hezbollah, the Shia political party and armed group that in recent months has become increasingly and more publicly involved in the conflict in neighbouring Syria.<p>... I think what we see is Hezbollah acting mostly out of its own …

In pictures: Oil crudely extracted in Syria

<b>Ras al-Ain, Syria</b> - Abu Zechariah and his two sons are farmers in the Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, in northeastern Syria. They are one of many families throughout Syria that have decided to start privately refining crude oil as a way to make money.<p>Trucks come from Ramlan to Ras al-Ain, where they …

Israel's booming secretive arms trade | US & Canada

<b>Nazareth, Israel -</b> Israel's secretive arms trade is booming as never before, according to the latest export figures. But it is also coming under mounting scrutiny as some analysts argue that Israel has grown dependent on exploiting the suffering of Palestinians for military and economic gain.<p>A new …

Russian Pole Vaulter Walks Back Her Anti-LGBT Comments

Yelena Isinbayeva, champion pole vaulter and "mayor" of the Olympic village in Sochi, says she was "misunderstood" and opposes "any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality."<p>A day after voicing support for Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law and calling homosexuality a …