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UN urges Chile to allow abortion in some cases

The UN Human Rights Committee asked Chile Thursday to make exceptions to its ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother. Chile is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits abortions for any reason. Legislation that would create exceptions has been…

General Martin Dempsey: Putin igniting dangerous nationalist fervor

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the US military’s top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an “aggressive” agenda that flouts sovereignty…

Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police

French police have banned a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive that was due to take place in Paris on Saturday, following several similar rallies that turned violent. The ban, announced by police on Friday, comes in the wake of clashes earlier this month at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in which some protesters…

Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali

Ouagadougou (AFP) – The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said. “We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located … 50 kilometres (30…

Iraqi ‘Islamic State’ jihadists deny ordering genital mutilation of all women

Jihadi extremists who have taken over the Iraqi city of Mosul have denied ordering families to have their daughters undergo female genital mutilation in order to prevent “immorality” or face severe punishment, as claimed by a senior UN humanitarian official on Thursday. Supporters of the Islamic State (Isis), previously known as the…

Iraqis protest mistreatment of minority Christians by jihadists

Hundreds of people demonstrated Thursday in Arbil, capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, to condemn the forced displacement of Iraqi Christians and call for their protection. Muslims, Christians, displaced people and political parties took part in the protest outside UN offices in Arbil, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of…

Ukraine prime minister resigns over parliament coalition break up

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday resigned in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition. “I announce my resignation in connection with the dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives,” a furious Yatsenyuk told parliament after several parties withdrew from the majority European…

Baby among nine dead as Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza

At least nine people were killed, including a baby, when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, an AFP correspondent said. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra put the toll as high as 15 dead and dozens injured, with more bodies and wounded…

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope Francis in Italy

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his…

Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urges Palestinians to keep fighting Israel

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Palestinians Wednesday to keep fighting Israel and to extend a conflict that has killed nearly 700 Gazans to the occupied West Bank. “The only way to deal with this savage regime is to continue resistance and armed struggle and extend it to the…

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