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Israel extends detention of Palestinian clown

Mohammad Abu Sakhasrael has renewed the administrative detention of a Palestinian circus performer for another six months after arresting him without charge in December 2015.

Mohammad Abu Sakha, 23, teaches at the Palestinian Circus School in Birzeit, near Ramallah.

His case stirred global calls for his release after he was arrested on his way to work at the Zaatara checkpoint near Nablus and taken to Israel's Megiddo prison in the north. He was later transferred to Ketziot prison in the Negev, the country's south.

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Bahrain detains prominent human rights activist

Human rights activist arrested in BahrainBahraini police have arrested a prominent activist during a raid on his home early on Monday, rights groups and his family said, part of a wide crackdown on dissent more than five years after the Arab uprising.

It was not immediately clear why authorities arrested Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

However, his arrest comes after Zainab al-Khawaja, another prominent activist, fled the Gulf island nation for Denmark in recent days over fears of being imprisoned again.

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UN: Ireland's abortion ban is cruel, discriminatory to women

Anti abortion protesters in IrelandUnited Nations human rights experts said Thursday that Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and degrading treatment and should be ended for cases involving fatal fetal abnormalities.

The 29-page report from the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Committee accepted a complaint filed by Amanda Mellet, a Dublin woman who was denied a 2011 abortion in Ireland after her doctor informed her that her fetus had a fatal heart defect and could not survive outside the womb.

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UN removes Arab coalition from child rights blacklist

UN removes Arab coalition from child abuse listThe United Nations said on Tuesday that it had removed the Arab-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a child rights blacklist, pending a joint review by the world body and the coalition.

The UN report on children and armed conflict - released last Thursday - said the coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, killing 510 and wounding 667, and half the attacks on schools and hospitals.

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Iraqi civilians 'shot by ISIL' while fleeing Fallujah

Fight for FallujahIraqi civilians fleeing the city of Fallujah have been shot at by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who are holed up in the besieged city, an international aid group told Al Jazeera.

Nasr Muflahi, country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), confirmed several such incidents based on testimonies from civilians who were directly targeted by ISIL gunmen on Sunday.

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Israel escalates forced transfer of Palestinians

Israel esclates forced transfers of PalestiniansOccupied East Jerusalem - With a weary slump, Maisa Tamimi squeezed onto the living room sofa between her mother and husband.

"It has been an extremely hard time," she said anxiously. "I could never have imagined I would lose my son and then my home."

In recent months, Maisa's life has changed dramatically. In early March, her eldest son, Foaud, was shot dead in occupied East Jerusalem after shooting and wounding two Israeli police officers.

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Obama Just Told 20 People They Won’t Die In Prison

Obama commutes 42 sentencesPresident Barack Obama will commute the sentence of 42 federal prisoners on Friday, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post.

All told, Obama has now issued 348 commutations — more than the amount issued by the past seven presidents combined — though advocates have encouraged him to be even bolder.

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