Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod as violence flares

Violence in mixed Jewish-Arab towns in Israel flared early on Wednesday amid growing anger within the country’s Arab minority over Israeli air strikes on Gaza and police raids on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod, near Tel Aviv, after reports emerged on Tuesday of Arabs setting fire… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod as violence flares

U.S. condemns rocket attacks on Israel, calls for co-existence in Jerusalem

The White House said on Tuesday that Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks but applied pressure on Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, saying Jerusalem “must be a place of co-existence.” Violence erupted last Friday at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from… Read More U.S. condemns rocket attacks on Israel, calls for co-existence in Jerusalem

Dozens dead as fighting between Israel, Hamas escalates

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Wednesday, with at least 35 killed in Gaza and five in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years. Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into Wednesday morning, as the Islamist group and other Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and… Read More Dozens dead as fighting between Israel, Hamas escalates

Cameroonian court sentences two transgender women to five years imprisonment on homosexuality charges

A court in Cameroon sentenced two transgender women on Tuesday to five years in prison for “attempted homosexuality” and other offences after they were arrested for the clothes they wore in a restaurant, their lawyers said. A local social media celebrity known as Shakiro, who also is identified as Loic Njeukam, and Patricia, also identified… Read More Cameroonian court sentences two transgender women to five years imprisonment on homosexuality charges

Thousands of Jordanians protest against Israel over Al-Aqsa mosque clashes

Several thousand Jordanians protested near Israel’s embassy in Amman on Monday, calling on their government to scrap its peace deal with Israel in the face of serious Israeli-Palestinian clashes around Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque. Riot police blocked roads leading to the fortified embassy complex to keep back demonstrators who gathered around the Kaloti mosque in the… Read More Thousands of Jordanians protest against Israel over Al-Aqsa mosque clashes

Portuguese court sentences three border officers to jail over fatal beating of Ukrainian man

Three Portuguese border officers were sentenced to several years in jail on Monday, in a much-awaited ruling over the fatal beating last year of a Ukrainian man in a Lisbon airport. The Lisbon court found that Ihor Homeniuk, 42, was kicked, beaten, handcuffed with his hands and legs taped and then left to slowly asphyxiate… Read More Portuguese court sentences three border officers to jail over fatal beating of Ukrainian man

Islamist militia kills female Malawian peacekeeper in eastern Congo

A female peacekeeper from Malawi was killed in an attack by an Islamist militia in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province on Monday morning, the U.N. and the Malawian government said. A local civil rights group said separately that fighters with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist armed group with Ugandan origins, attacked the village… Read More Islamist militia kills female Malawian peacekeeper in eastern Congo

French serial killer Michel Fourniret dies in prison hospital

Michel Fourniret, one of France’s most notorious serial killers, has died in a hospital jail, the public prosecutor said on Monday. Fourniret, dubbed the “Ogre of the Ardennes” by French media, was convicted in 2008 of raping or attempting to rape seven women and girls aged between 12 and 22 and then killing them. His… Read More French serial killer Michel Fourniret dies in prison hospital