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Israel army 'mistakenly' kills Palestinian teen

IDF mistakenly kills Palestinian teamIsraeli troops have mistakenly killed a Palestinian boy while responding with gunfire to stones being thrown at Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said.

An earlier statement from the military had identified the boy as an assailant. The mayor of his village identified the victim as 15-year-old Mahmoud Badran.

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Boats with children overturn in storm in Russia, killing 14

Russian boaring accident kills 14At least 13 children and their adult instructor have died in a storm while boating on a lake in Russia's northwestern region of Karelia, officials said Sunday.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the nation's main state investigative agency, said several boats with children overturned Saturday in a storm in Syamozero, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the border with Finland.

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Thousands demand US military exit from Japan’s Okinawa

Okinawa protestsTens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa, protesting against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel there.

Gathered on Sunday afternoon, protesters expressed their frustrations with the US after a former Marine employed as a civilian base worker allegedly raped and murdered a 20-year-old local woman in April.

The case has intensified long-standing opposition to the military bases, a key part of the US-Japan security alliance, on the island popular with tourists.

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Israel approves $18M extra funding for West Bank settlements

West Bank settlementsThe Israeli government has approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements.

David Keyes, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says the funds were approved Sunday.

A statement from Netanyahu's office says the funding aims to assist small businesses, encourage tourism and strengthen security. It follows months of Palestinian attacks on civilians and soldiers.

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Iraqi forces targeting Mosul after reclaiming Fallujah from Islamic State

Iraqi forces celebrate victoryIraqi forces expressed their plans for continuing the offensive against the Islamic State after reclaiming the city of Fallujah on Friday.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Fallujah was "back home" after the successful combined efforts of elite Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and promised they would now turn their sights to Mosul.

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Argentina gripped by mystery: the ex-minister, a convent and bundles of cash

Argentina mysteryThe sight of a middle-aged man throwing sacks of cash over the walls of a convent before dawn was always likely to attract attention in the quiet Buenos Aires suburb of General Rodríguez.

But what started as a neighbourhood curiosity on Tuesday morning has since grown into a nationwide political drama that threatens to tarnish the legacy of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and complicate relations between the Argentinian government and the Catholic church.

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The UN Peacekeepers Rape Scandal Gets Worse

UN peace keepers sex scandalOne night last August as the Central African Republic was gripped by a conflict between Christian and Muslim groups, United Nations peacekeeping troops descended on an enclave in search of a suspect. One of the peacekeepers is accused of taking a 12-year-old girl behind a truck and raping her.

“When I cried, he slapped me hard and put his hand over my mouth,” the girl told Amnesty International.

It was hardly the only act of brutality by peacekeepers in the world’s poorest nations. There were 99 allegations of sexual abuse against UN staff last year, a 25 percent increase over 2014, affecting peacekeeping operations in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mali and Sudan.

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