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Amal Clooney will represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and other Yazidi genocide victims

Amal ClooneyAmal Clooney is ready to lay down the law in her continuous fight to aid the thousands of women trafficked by ISIS.

The human rights lawyer announced Thursday the she will represent the victims of the Yazidi genocide as she seeks an investigation by the International Criminal Court against the Islamic State.


Israeli military to release female refusenik from jail

IDF IsraelThe Israeli military says it will release a woman who supporters say has served the longest-ever jail sentence for a female conscientious objector.

In a statement Thursday, the army said it had found Tair Kaminer "unfit for service."

In Israel, military service is mandatory for most young Jewish men and women. Kaminer, 19, refused to enlist because she opposes Israel's nearly 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands. Instead, she has asked to perform civilian national service.


'Hundreds abducted, abused' in Egypt dissent crackdown

Egypt abuses dissidentsHundreds of Egyptians have been abducted and tortured by the country's security services as part of a clampdown on dissent since early 2015, according to Amnesty International.

A report released on Wednesday by the UK-based rights watchdog revealed a trend of disappearances at the hands of the state, targeting students, political activists and protesters, including children as young as 14.


Yemeni Guantánamo Bay inmate transferred to Italy, US says

Gitmo inmate transferred to italyThe United States said on Sunday it had transferred a Yemeni inmate from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Italy, bringing the number of detainees at the US naval base in Cuba to 78.

Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman was approved for transfer nearly six years ago by six US agencies: the Departments of Defense, State, Justice and Homeland Security; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He had been held at the prison for more than 14 years.


French court sentences Rwandan mayors to life in prison for 1994 genocide

French court sentences Rwanda mayors to lifeTwo former Rwandan mayors received life imprisonment sentences Thursday for their roles in a 1994 genocide in which they were found to be responsible for the deaths of 2,000 people.

Tito Barahira, 65, and Octavien Ngenzi, 58, each a former mayor of Kabarondo, Rwanda, heard their sentences announced in Paris' Cour D'Assises. The ruling followed an eight-week trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Each denied the charges.


Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid reaches Israeli port

Turkish aid ship reaches IsraelA Turkish ship carrying tons of humanitarian aid and equipment for the Gaza Strip docked in Israel Sunday as part of a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey.

The ship, loaded with 10,000 tons of supplies, pulled in to the port city of Ashdod Sunday afternoon.

Turkey and Israel just last week agreed to normalize relations aftr a six-year diplomatic standoff. The agreement allows Turkey to send aid to Gaza through Israel, Daily Sabah reported.


Israel destroys Palestinian village for 100th time

Israel destroys Palestinian village for 100th timeHunched over a white cooler box, Aziz al-Turi sifted through his most important possessions and pulled out an antique brass coffee pot.

"You know how old this is? Fifty years old," he declared. "It came from Syria, via Jordan, here to Araqib."


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