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How the US justifies drone strikes: targeted killing, secrecy and the law

Drone strikesThe sun had yet to rise when missiles launched by CIA drones struck a clutch of buildings and vehicles in the lower Kurram tribal agency of Pakistan, killing four or five people and injuring another. It was February 22, 2016, and the American drone campaign had entered its second decade.

Over the next weeks, officials in Washington and Rome announced that the US military would use the Sigonella air base in Sicily to launch strikes against targets in Libya. American strikes in Yemen killed four people driving on a road in the governorate of Shabwah and eight people in two small villages in the governorate of Abyan.

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Israel court denies request to keep settlement built on Palestinian land

Amona to be demolishedsrael's High Court rejected a government bid to delay the evacuation of an unsanctioned Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank beyond a December deadline, in a case that has drawn international concern.

Amona settlement is under a court order to be evacuated by December 25 since it was built on private Palestinian land. But right-wing Israeli politicians have called for about 40 families living on the outpost to be allowed to remain.

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Immigrants Gave Their Info to Obama, Now Trump Could Use It to Deport Them

Dreamers can be deprted by TrumpFor DREAMers, Trump’s presidency could be a nightmare.

Almost a million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children trusted the federal government with their personal information—including their home addresses—so they could gain temporary protection from deportation.

But under the Donald Trump administration, that could make them targets; in a brutal twist of irony, their faith in American institutions could actually increase their risk of being forcibly removed from the country.

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UN: Eastern Aleppo residents at risk of mass starvation

Aleppo civilians ndear starvation pointThe UN has urged the Syrian government, Russia and rebel groups to immediately allow food deliveries to besieged areas of eastern Aleppo, issuing a bleak warning that the 250,000 civilians still trapped in the divided city are at risk of mass starvation as the winter sets in.

Jan Egeland, the head of a UN-backed humanitarian task force for Syria, told reporters on Thursday that the last remaining food rations were currently being handed out in rebel-held eastern Aleppo and there would be nothing left to distribute next week without a resupply.

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A dark trade: Rape videos for sale in India

Dark trade: rape video sold in IndiaIn this industrial northern state, you can buy footage of a woman being raped for the price of a cheap meal.

Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale across the state. They cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer's mobile phone in a matter of seconds.

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Palestinians mourn final Cremisan Valley olive harvest

Palestinians mourn last olive harvestThe rocky terraces of the Cremisan Valley are mostly overgrown and wild these days, as local landowners say they have lost all hope of keeping control over the more than 300 hectares of olive trees and orchards along the sloping mount, confiscated by the Israeli government earlier this year.

"I haven't been here at all this year. Look how the weeds have grown over, and trash from the street has piled up," Ricardo Jaweejat said, motioning towards the vast olive grove that has belonged to his family for generations.

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Young Cuban women lured to Miami on promises of freedom, forced into prostitution

Cuban women trafficked to MiamiAs a means to flee Cuba, six young women agreed to work in Miami as exotic dancers.

That was the deal to pay off a $20,000 smuggling fee from the island to Mexico and ultimately into the United States.

But instead of simply stripping, they were forced into sex slavery in Miami. They were locked up, mistreated and forced into prostitution until police rescued them in September, according to federal court documents. Their ordeal has become the first known criminal case involving Cuban women brought to the United States for sexual exploitation.

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