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Child Poverty Could Hit Four Million By 2020, Warns Economic Think-Tank

Four million children could be living in poverty in the UK by the end of the decade, new research has predicted.<p>The assessment by the Institute for …

Attack on Syria village leaves 'dozens dead'

Government forces and militia members loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have stormed the coastal village of al-Baida, killing between 50 and 100 people including women and children, Syrian opposition activists say.<p>The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Thursday that …

Deadly bombings rock Iraqi cities

At least 15 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq, police and medics say.<p>Wednesday's attacks follow a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shia.<p>A suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest detonated …

Israeli air strike kills Palestinian in Gaza

An Israeli air strike has killed a Palestinian man and wounded another in the Gaza Strip, medics said, in what appeared to be the first such attack since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war last November.<p>Israel confirmed Tuesday's attack, saying it targeted a fighter involved in a rocket attack on …

Deadly blast hits central Damascus

A blast near Syria's interior ministry has rocked the central Damascus district of Marjeh killing 13 people and injuring over 70 others, state television said, just a day after the country's prime minister survived a car bomb attack.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) gave …

Several killed in Pakistan suicide blast

At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police say.<p>Qari Hilal, the son of cleric Qazi Amin Waqad, died in Monday's suicide …

Iraq parliament chief demands cabinet resign

The speaker of Iraq's parliament has said the government should resign and hold early elections after a string of attacks ripped through the country.<p>On Monday, Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni and leading member of the secular, Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, which has long been at odds with Nouri al-Maliki, …

Syria PM escapes car bomb attack

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has survived a bomb attack that targeted his convoy in central Damascus, Syrian state media report.<p>"The terrorist explosion in al-Mazzeh was an attempt to target the convoy of the prime minister. Doctor Wael al-Halqi is well and not hurt at all," state television …

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Tory ministers in disarray over response to Ukip 'clowns'

Conservatives appeared to be in disarray on Sunday over the best response to the growing threat of a Ukip breakthrough in this week's local …

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Cabinet tensions surface as chancellor plans tighter squeeze on welfare

George Osborne is expected to include caps on the total housing benefit bill and on tax credits as part of a radical reshaping of how the Treasury …

Taliban attacks target Pakistani politicians

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for three blasts targeting politicians, the latest in a series of<br>attacks meant to disrupt next month's parliamentary election, police said.<p>Eleven people were killed in Sunday's attacks.<p>In the first blast, a device exploded outside the office of an …

Israel air raids strike Gaza

Israel's air force has carried out three strikes in the Gaza Strip, witnesses have said.<p>Two airstrikes hit the southern town of Khan Yunis, early on Sunday. The third was near the southern town of Rafah, near the Egyptian border, Palestinian witnesses said.<p>There were conflicting reports concerning …

Sudan city stormed by Darfur rebels

Rebels from Sudan's Darfur region have attacked a city in a neighbouring state, taking their fight closer to Khartoum.<p>Fighters stormed Um Rawaba, in North Kordofan state, about 500km south of the capital, but denied accusations of pillaging.<p>Al Jazeera's Harriet Martin, reporting from Khartoum, said …

Six-year-old Indian girl raped in New Delhi

Twenty-two suspects have been detained after a six-year-old girl was brutally raped and had her throat slit in New Delhi.<p>The attack happened on Saturday in Badarpur district on the outskirts of the Indian capital.<p>The incident came only days after the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in the …

Deadly explosions rock Pakistan's Karachi

Three bomb explosions have killed at least four people dead, including a young girl, in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police and hospital officials say.<p>Saturday's blasts, two of which targeted secular political parties and another close to a Shia Muslim mosque, came a day after a car bomb at an …

Iraq violence spills into fifth day

Sectarian tensions have escalated in Iraq, where the death toll from a wave of violence has passed 200, officials and reports have said.<p>On Saturday, the fifth consecutive day of protests, gunmen killed four army intelligence soldiers and wounded a fourth in Ramadi, West of Bgahdad.<p>"Four soldiers in …

Israeli and Palestinian Women Crossing the Divide

Against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon bombings, the spiraling violence in Syria and the continuing conflict along the Israel-Palestine fault line, a group of 28 women (mostly Christian with a scattering of Muslims) from Bethlehem, Palestine, made a pilgrimage on April 23 to meet with a group …

Helping Veterans Start Businesses

<i>This is a guest blog post by Mirza Tihic of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. They have partnered with Kiva Zip to help veterans start their business.</i><p>While the national unemployment rate (population 18 and over) hovers at 7.5 percent, Iraq and Afghanistan …

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Deadly anti-government violence grips Iraq

Sectarian tensions have escalated in Iraq, where the death toll from a wave of violence has passed 200, officials and reports have said.<p>On Saturday, the fifth day of protests, gunmen killed five army intelligence soldiers in two attacks west of Baghdad.<p>"Five soldiers in civilians clothes have been …

Dozens killed in Afghan bus crash

At least 30 people aboard a bus have died after it collided with the wreckage of a fuel tanker in southern Afghanistan, officials have said.<p>The battered vehicle was left in the middle of a narrow road on the border of Helmand and Kandahar provinces for several days after Taliban fighters opened …

Philippine mayor injured in deadly ambush

Gunmen have ambushed a campaign vehicle of a southern Philippine town mayor, killing at least 10 people, including his daughter and relatives, while they were returning from an election rally, police have said.<p>Officials confirmed the death toll on Friday from the attack that took place late on …

Deadly attacks hit Pakistan election offices

Two attacks targeting election offices in Pakistan have killed six people and injured nine others, in the latest violence ahead of historic polls next month.<p>Five people were killed and eight injured in the country's commercial hub, Karachi, when a bomb exploded outside the office of secular …

Israel 'shoots down drone from Lebanon'

The Israeli military says it has shot down an unmanned aircraft several kilometres off the coast of the northern port city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon.<p>"An unmanned aircraft [UAV] was identified approaching the coast of Israel and was successfully intercepted by IAF …

Scores killed in two days of Iraq clashes

More than 100 people have been killed in two days of violence across Iraq after a raid on a camp of mostly Sunni Muslim protesters on Tuesday ignited the fiercest clashes since US troops left.<p>On Wednesday, fighting broke out for a second day between government troops and protesters in the country's …

Earthquake rocks eastern Afghanistan

At least seven people have been killed, dozens injured and many homes destroyed when a powerful earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan, officials said.<p>Wednesday's quake, measured at a magnitude of 5.6 by the US Geological Survey, sent people rushing from their homes in worst-hit areas and was felt in …

Confusion reigns as No 10 toys with leaving ECHR over Qatada

The government's policy on leaving the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) was as clear as mud today, after reports emerged it was considering …

A&E revelations: NHS 'not safe in Cameron's hands'

David Cameron and Ed Miliband drove each other into the ground over the NHS this lunchtime, in a gruelling Commons exchange.<p>The leader of the …