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70 Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike

Seventy prisoners held in Israeli jails on Tuesday launched hunger strike action in protest against Israel’s policy of solitary confinement, a prisoners’ group said. The protest action was launched in solidarity with detainees being held in solitary confinement, some of whom had already gone on hunger strike to protest the[…]

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Kenya to probe Al Jazeera on death squad story

The Kenyan government said Tuesday it has ordered an investigation with a view to prosecuting the makers of an Al-Jazeera documentary which appeared to show Kenya officials admitting that police assassinate suspects in operations planned at the highest level of government. The Interior Security Ministry’s Twitter account said the “timing[…]

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Kerry calls for new 3 year war to fight IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday urged lawmakers to adopt a new legal authorization to underpin military action against Islamic State militants for at least three years. But during a heated debate, the top US diplomat came under fire from Republicans and Democrats who argued that if President Barack Obama[…]

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‘Truth commission’ to begin in Israel

On Wednesday, International Human Rights Day, the Israeli non-profit Zochrot will host the country’s first unofficial “public truth commission”, modelled on South Africa’s post-apartheid truth and reconciliation process. Israelis who served in the Negev Desert during the country’s War of Independence and Palestinian refugees uprooted from the area between 1947[…]

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Strikes on Gaza high-rises were ‘war crimes’

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group Amnesty International has said. A new report released by the London-based rights organisation on Tuesday claimed that the attacks on the civilian buildings on the last[…]

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Hague-based ICC accepts Palestine’s status

The International Criminal Court has accepted the status of Palestine, clearing the way for war crimes in the occupied territories to be investigated, Al Jazeera has learned. Monday’s decision amounts to a symbolic victory for the Palestinians who will get a seat at the ICC: In theory, it is now[…]

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US on alert ahead of torture report release

The US has heightened security at its embassies across the globe as it prepares to release a long-delayed report into the CIA’s interrogation of suspects following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The report, scheduled to be released on Tuesday, will be the first public account of the CIA’s use of[…]

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Turkish soldiers ‘killed on Syria border’

Unidentified gunmen have killed three Turkish soldiers on the Syria-Turkey border in Sanliurfa province, Turkish media said. The governor of Sanliurfa told the semi-official Anatolia news agency that the soldiers on guard duty on the border in Ceylanpinar district were shot dead early on Tuesday. Izzettin Kucuk said it was[…]

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US says it was unaware of SAfrican hostage talks

The United States did not know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of a South African hostage who died in a U.S. raid on al-Qaida rebels in Yemen, the U.S. ambassador in South Africa said Monday. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard said American officials were “unaware of ongoing negotiations that had[…]

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