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Nigerian army didn't heed Boko Haram kidnap warning, says Amnesty International

Daniel Magnowski Nigerian security forces failed to act on an advance warning about a raid by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on a school that led to the abduction of more than 200 girls last month, Amnesty...

Why a beheading? A look at Islamic State's tactic

Beheaded by Islamic State ... Journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in 2007.

Adam Taylor On Tuesday afternoon, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Islamic State militants that appeared to show something terrible: The execution of an American journalist, James Foley, who had been missing...

Indian human rights activist, the 'Iron Lady of Manipur', freed after 14-year hunger strike

'It is hard for me to believe that I am free now': Indian human rights activist Irom Sharmila speaks to the media outside a prison hospital in the northeastern Indian city of Imphal following her release.

New Delhi: An Indian human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities walked free on Wednesday from a prison hospital where doctors...

Palestinian refugees forced to flee again as Syrian forces turn against them

A Palestinian girl stands in front of pro-Gaza graffiti that reads: 'Despite our injuries, we support Gaza. The blood of martyrs will not be wasted.'

Matthew Clayfield In an old tissue paper factory near the Syrian-Turkish border live people who are refugees twice over.

Afghans tortured, killed by US troops need justice, says Amnesty

Afghan relatives of civilian victims of the country's conflict look on during a press conference in Kabul on August 11, 2014. The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said on August 11, 2014, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws. Amnesty said in a report it had gathered evidence of

US military personnel who have tortured or killed civilians in Afghanistan have not been brought to justice because of failures in the US military justice system, human rights group Amnesty...

Yazidi exodus from the mountain: thousands flood into Iraq following air strikes

Refugees from the Yazidi sect cross the Syrian border into Faysh Khabur, Iraq.

Liz Sly Hungry, thirsty and tired, thousands of Yazidis limped across a narrow bridge on the Iraqi-Syrian border, the last leg of a nightmarish journey that some have not survived - and many more may not.

Gaza peace talks make little progress

A Palestinian man inspects his house, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Hamas have failed to make progress towards another ceasefire in the month-long war, with the key Palestinian demand – an end to the siege in Gaza...

Pope Francis meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis met privately on Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just...

No way out, no way home

Syrian woman Lina kisses her two-year-old daughter outside her makeshift tent in Lebanon

Michael Gordon As the civil war in Syria enters its fourth year and the resulting displacement crisis becomes the worst in the world, women are bearing the awful brunt.

53 blindfolded bodies found in Iraq as political leaders bicker

Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb Hezbollah,  join the Iraqi army to fight against Sunni Jihadist militants of the Islamic State.

Raheem Salman and Isra' al-Rubei'i Iraqi security forces found 53 corpses, blindfolded and handcuffed, south of Baghdad on Wednesday as Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders traded accusations over an Islamist insurgency raging in the country's...

Sudan detains Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim after freeing her from death row

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim on her wedding day with husband Daniel Wani.

Ahmed Feteha Christian woman re-arrested with her husband and children at the airport, despite her apostasy conviction being overturned.

Egyptian prisons 'like hotels', says official

Australian journalist Peter Greste and two Al-Jazeera colleagues were sentenced to years in prison in Egypt last month.

Laura King and Amro Hassan Despite widespread and consistent accounts of abuses in Egyptian prisons, a senior Interior Ministry official insisted there was no such maltreatment occurring, and likened jailhouse conditions to a...

Peter Greste case: Inside Egypt's Tora prison

Soldiers guard outside of Tora Prison where al-Jazeera journalist and Australian citizen Peter Greste has been held.

Amanda Hoh Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues face up to seven years in Cairo's notorious Tora prison which former detainees have described as having "nightmarish" conditions.

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard After six bleak months in an Egyptian prison and 12 court sessions in which the prosecution’s case has veered from the farcical to the irrelevant, it is judgment day for Australian journalist...

Sudan frees Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim on her wedding day with husband Daniel Wani.

Robyn Dixon A Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to death last month for apostasy was released Monday after her conviction was overturned by Khartoum's appeal court, according to her lawyer.

Rena Netjes: 'I will not relax until Peter Greste is out of that prison'

Rena Netjes

Megan Levy Dutch journalist Rena Netjes says she will not rest until Peter Greste is released from prison in Egypt.

Peter Greste case: international anger for Egypt's sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Egypt faced international condemnation over the harsh jail sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – with human rights groups describing...

Gunmen kill "many" in attack on Nigerian village

Missing: Martha Mark with a picture of her daughter Monica, one of the 276 girls abducted by Boko Haram in mid-April.

Suspected Islamist militants stormed a village in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, killing several people and torching houses near where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago, a...

Roma assault: French ministers created 'toxic atmosphere' before attack

Jean-Marie Le Pen founder of French far-right Front National party. The party which took first place in European elections, has been blamed for stirring hatred of Roma.

Rory Mulholland The French government has been accused of creating a "toxic atmosphere" that may have led to a vigilante mob attack on a Roma teenager.

Egypt poll winner to face huge task of restoring stability

Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Ruth Pollard The Egypt that leading candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to inherit after the election is violently divided and deeply disappointed after three years of revolution.