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Opening of UN files on Holocaust will 'rewrite chapters of history'

Auschwitz survivors leave death campWar crimes files revealing early evidence of Holocaust death camps that was smuggled out of eastern Europe are among tens of thousands of files to be made public for the first time this week.

The once-inaccessible archive of the UN war crimes commission, dating back to 1943, is being opened by the Wiener Library in London with a catalogue that can be searched online.

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Israeli prisons brace for mass Palestinian hunger strike

israeli prisons brace for hunger strikeAs over a thousand Palestinians held in Israeli prisons prepared to begin a mass hunger strike called by an imprisoned senior Fatah terror chief, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Sunday that the strike is really about internal Palestinian politics and not an alleged dispute over prison conditions.

The hunger strike initiated by jailed Fatah official Marwan Barghouti is expected to start Monday – to coincide with Palestinian “Prisoners Day,” an annual event held in solidarity with the more than 6,000 Palestinian security prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails. Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences for his role in murderous terror attacks during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s.

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Appeals court won't release Gitmo force-feeding videos

Gitmo videos will not be releasedA federal appeals court won't order the government to release graphic videos of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate being force-fed during a hunger strike.

The ruling on Friday said the public has no constitutional right to see the videos, which were filed in court records in a legal dispute involving the inmate. The court also said any First Amendment right of access is outweighed by concerns that release could harm national security.

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UN: Up to 450,000 IDPs expected in cramped Mosul camps

450,000 displaced in Mosul campsThere may not be enough space in camps to accommodate the tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) currently fleeing their homes in western Mosul amid intense fighting in the city, a United Nations official has said.

At least 50,000 people have made their way to the camps on the eastern side of the Tigris River, but the UN warns that if the number rapidly increases, they will be hard pressed to find a place for the new arrivals.

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On International Women's Day, a statue of little girl defiantly stares down Wall Street bull

Girl v bull on Wall StreetThe iconic bull statue on Wall Street may have met his match, and she's female.

On the eve of International Women's Day, an asset management company placed a statue of a little girl in front of Manhattan’s iconic charging bull to highlight a lack of gender diversity and equality in the workplace.

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Israel denies redress to thousands of Palestinians

Palestinians no longer get compensation for deathsIsrael has given itself almost complete immunity from paying compensation in cases where its soldiers have killed, injured or disabled Palestinian civilians, an Israeli human rights group has warned.

In a report released on Wednesday, entitled Getting Off Scot-Free, B'Tselem said that Israel had violated its obligations under international law by denying many thousands of Palestinians redress in Israeli civil courts.

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U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council

US considers leaving Human Rights CouncilThe Trump administration is considering pulling the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that has been accused of being biased against Israel and criticized for including abusive governments, according to two sources in regular contact with former and current U.S. officials.

No immediate withdrawal is expected ahead of the council’s next session, which starts Monday, but discussion of abandoning the council is likely to alarm international activists already worried that the United States will take a lower profile on global human rights issues under President Donald Trump.

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