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UN watchdog documents Israeli forces abuse of Palestinian children

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday accused Israel’s police and military of abuses against Palestinian children ranging from torture to solitary confinement and threats of death and sexual assault in prisons. In a report on Israel’s record, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said it expressed…

New Zealand burglar turns himself in after bumping into ‘hanging corpse’

A terrified New Zealand burglar handed himself in after breaking into a darkened house and bumping into a hanging corpse, waking neighbours with his blood-curdling screams, police said Thursday. The would-be thief was arrested when he called police in the early hours of Wednesday to report his gruesome encounter in…

Sweden jails Pirate Bay co-founder for hacking bank servers

A Swedish court Thursday sentenced the co-founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Pay to two years in prison for hacking into the servers of a company managing data for Swedish authorities and banks. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of illegally accessing data belonging to Nordea, the largest Nordic bank,…

Mongolia builds first wind farm after choking on smog

Mongolia on Thursday opened its first wind farm, a landmark $122 million project that aims to shift the country’s reliance on coal and tackle the pollution choking its capital Ulan Bator. A total of 31 turbines have been erected at the facility, which are expected to power five percent of…

Refugees living in Morocco must decide whether to settle or flee to Europe

Thousands of migrants living in Morocco, including hundreds of refugees who fled wars in Africa, face a bleak dilemma — whether to settle in this transit country with scant opportunities or brave the perilous journey to Europe. “We do not know what to expect in the future,” says Blessing, a…

Solar-powered boat to gather valuable data about climate change

Sun-powered craft that went around the world will now gather data on how global warming is affecting the Gulf Stream The solar-powered boat docked in Battery Park City in New York could easily have been packed off to a museum as a relic. The MS Türanor SolarPlanet saw its glory days last…

More than a third of women worldwide suffer from physical or sexual violence

WHO research reveals shocking extent of attacks on women, the vast majority of which are carried out by male partners More than a third of all women worldwide (35.6%) will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, usually from a male partner, according to the first comprehensive study of…

52-year-old mom poses as teen daughter to cheat for her English exam

Police question 52-year-old who reportedly sneaked into Paris exam centre to sit three-hour English Baccalauréat test With the Baccalauréat exam season under way in France amid endless media reports on stress, cheating and unbearable pressure, one mother who seemingly wanted to ensure the best result for her child has been…

Smog crisis creates ‘apocalyptic’ conditions in Singapore

Fast-food deliveries have been cancelled, the army has suspended field training and even Singapore’s top marathon runner has retreated as residents try to protect themselves from the smog that has descended on the city-state. In Singapore’s worst environmental crisis in more than a decade, the skyscrapers lining the Marina Bay…

French firefighters test hypnosis to help victims

 “Look me straight in the eye. Your mind is emptying, your body is relaxing,” says the fireman, using the calming words of hypnosis to help a trauma victim — a technique being pioneered by fire crews in the eastern French region of Alsace. At the Haguenau fire station, 120 firefighters…

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