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  • 'False pretext' used in Afghan war

    The leader of an Afghan political group wanted by the US has said that Washington used a false pretext to launch its war on Afghanistan, on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the conflict. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who leads a faction of the Hizb-e Islami group, said that the war launched against the Taliban and al-Qaeda by the US in 2001 was not justified.. More

  • 'Israel has to be held accountable'

    The postponement of the UN Human Rights Council vote on the findings of Richard Goldstone's report into Israel's recent 22-day war on Gaza has raised many questions. Sahar Francis, a Palestinian Israeli and a human rights lawyer who testified before the UN fact finding mission led by Goldstone, spoke to Al Jazeera about the move and its fallout. Al.. More

  • Lebanon's cluster bomb lessons

    "He was picking grapes when he died," says Khalil Kassem Terkiya, glancing at his wife as he recalls the day their son was killed by a cluster bomb in southern Lebanon. Graying and slight, Terkiya looks older than his 46 years: "A cluster bomb was caught in the vine and it exploded. It was the day after the war finished. He was 19." His.. More

  • 'PA failed to protect Al-Aqsa'

    The head of the northern branch of Islamic Movement inside Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, on Monday harshly slammed the Palestinian Authority (PA) for “failing to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque” in Jerusalem. Salah said in a press statement that the PA “was racing behind peace negotiations with the Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin Netanyahu).. More

  • Rabbis involved in organ sales

    At the end of July when 10 people, among them several rabbis, were arrested in New Jersey, USA, it was assumed that this was little more than a case of tax fraud by another charity. Charities often run foul of the law by failing, quite innocently, of fulfilling their legal obligations. But the New Jersey arrests pointed to something much bigger. There.. More

  • UN: Israel terrorized Gazans in war

    Israel "punished and terrorized" civilians in Gaza in a disproportionate attack in its three-week war on the territory earlier this year, a United Nations report has found. Judge Richard Goldstone, who led the inquiry, said he found evidence Israel targeted civilians and used excessive force in the assault, which was launched on December.. More

  • World food aid at 20-year low, 1 billion hungry

    Food aid is at a 20-year low despite the number of critically hungry people soaring this year to its highest level ever, the United Nations relief agency said Wednesday. The number of hungry people will pass 1 billion this year for the first time, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said, adding that it is facing a serious budget shortfall. To date.. More

  • Quds Day rally in Britain demands justice for murdered Gazan kids

    A rally in Britain called on Sunday for an end to Israeli "occupation" and demanded justice for "killers of Gaza children" in a Quds Day gathering thousands of British demonstrators joined despite an attempt of fascist groups to disrupt the peaceful rally, British newspapers said. Annual Al-Quds Day demonstration in Central London.. More

  • Ramadan in Saudi Arabia inspires conversion to Islam

    The Muslim blessed month of Ramadan has become a popular time for many non-Muslims, especially Filipino migrant workers, to convert to Islam. Everyday in Saudi Arabia, Islamic centers across the country open their arms to non-Muslim migrant workers who decide to join the world's fastest growing religion. During Ramadan, a period of fasting, Muslim.. More

  • Soviet nuclear tests leave Kazakh fallout

    Decades of Soviet nuclear testing on the steppes of Kazakhstan have been blamed for an alarming number of health problems suffered by residents in the area. Now scientists are trying to determine whether the victims are passing on faulty genes to their children, the BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports. "It looked like a mushroom, it grew bigger and.. More

  • Somali refugees trapped in camps 'barely fit for humans'

    Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing unrest are now living in camps that Oxfam said on Thursday were horrifically overcrowded and unfit for humans. The fighting has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa nation, with one million internally displaced people and thousands more fleeing across borders to Ethiopia,.. More

  • CIA resists disclosure of records on detention

    The Central Intelligence Agency is refusing to make public hundreds of pages of internal documents about the agency's defunct detention and interrogation program, saying such disclosures would jeopardize national security by revealing classified intelligence sources and operations. The C.I.A.'s argument to withhold the material, laid out Monday in.. More

  • Trapped between grief and hope

    In November 2008, an Iraqi mother called Sabria Jaloob received what she described as a "blessing". It was the body of her son, Noori, who had vanished during the 1980-88 war between Iraq and Iran and had not been heard of since. For more than two decades, Sabria did not know whether he was dead or alive, and lived under a shadow of uncertainty.. More

  • CIA prisoners faced chilling interrogation methods

    The first detailed picture of how so-called high value detainees spent their days inside secret Central Intelligence Agency-run prisons overseas has emerged in dozens of previously classified documents released this week. And the picture is chilling. A detainee could be forced to stand, almost naked, handcuffed, going days without sleep, and if that.. More

  • Displaced Moro Muslims killed by Philippine army: Amnesty

    Dozens of displaced people by the government attacks on Moro region in southern Philippines have either been abducted or killed by the military on claim of suspected links with Muslim fighters, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The London-based rights watchdog said there were reports the military had labeled displaced communities on Mindanao.. More