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Risk of nuclear war greater than any other time

Risk of nuclear war greater than any other time

Washington’s plan to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal indicates that it would use nuclear weapons in a future war, American author and radio host Stephen Lendman says. “The risk of nuclear war today is greater than any other time in my lifetime,” Lendman said in an interview with Press TV. Lendman made the comments as Japan marked the 71st anniversary …

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63% of fatalities from Israeli war on Gaza were civilians: Israeli group

63% of fatalities from Israeli war on Gaza were civilians: Israeli group

An Israeli rights group says 63 percent of the Palestinian fatalities caused in Israel’s 2014 war against the Gaza Strip were civilians. B’Tselem released the figure in a Wednesday report under the title “50 Days: More than 500 Children.” The civilian victims, among the overall 2,202 killed in the Israeli war, were not “taking part in the hostilities at the …

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Rami Hamdallah: Israel waging water war on Palestinians

Rami Hamdallah: Israel waging water war on Palestinians

Palestine has decried Israel’s practice of siphoning off water supplies from large areas of the occupied West Bank. In a statement issued on Thursday, the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that Israel was “waging a water war against the Palestinians. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water …

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UN Ambassador Accuses Israel of Nazi War Crimes Against Palestinians

UN Ambassador Accuses Israel of Nazi War Crimes Against Palestinians

Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez accused Israel on Friday of carrying out a Nazi-like “final solution” on the Palestinian people during a meeting of the UN Security Council. “What does Israel plan to do with the Palestinians? Will they be ‘disappeared’? Does Israel seek probably to wage a ‘final solution’ sort of solution as was perpetrated against …

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Israel’s covert war against Palestinian media

Israel's covert war against Palestinian media

Palestinian journalists are increasingly threatened, arrested and interrogated just for doing their jobs. And for the most part, Israeli journalists remain silent. On a Tuesday night in the beginning of April, Israeli armed forces raided a house in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. They woke up sleeping family and gave al-Hayat journalist Diala Jwehan a summons to appear for …

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Refugee crisis: Thousands of child asylum seekers deported back to war zones

Refugee crisis: Thousands of child asylum seekers deported back to war zones

Thousands of young people who sought refuge in Britain as unaccompanied child asylum-seekers have been deported to repressive regimes and countries partly controlled by Isis and the Taliban, the Home Office has admitted. Over the past nine years 2,748 young people – many of whom had spent formative years in the UK, forging friendships and going to school – have …

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Children bearing brunt of war in Yemen, UNICEF says

Children bearing brunt of war in Yemen, UNICEF says

Nearly 400 children killed and 377 children recruited as child soldiers since the Saudi-led bombing began in March. UNICEF's report released on Wednesday, says that 398 children have been killed and 377 others have been recruited to fight since the Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen.

"This conflict is a particular tragedy for Yemeni children," Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, said.

"Children are being killed by bombs or bullets and those that survive face the growing threat of disease and malnutrition. This cannot be allowed to continue," he added.

The UN said that as devastating as the conflict is for the lives of children, it will have terrifying consequences for their future.

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Ex-British PM Tony Blair apologizes for Iraq War ‘mistakes’

Ex-British PM Tony Blair apologizes for Iraq War 'mistakes'

Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair has apologized for "mistakes" made in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Blair also said there are "elements of truth" in claims that the invasion was the main cause of the rise of the Islamic State group, in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that was broadcast Sunday.

Britain and the United States under the George W. Bush administration attacked Iraq following a belief, based on intelligence, that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction. No major weapons of mass destruction were found.

Speaking to CNN, Blair said: "I can say that I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong because, even though he (Saddam) had used chemical weapons extensively against his own people, against others, the program in the form that we thought it was did not exist in the way that we thought."

By the time the war officially ended on Dec. 15, 2011, more than 4,000 U.S. troops and 179 British servicemembers had died and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians were killed, according to the website Iraq Body Count.

Blair also apologized "for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime."

But he did not apologize for the Iraq War itself, adding: "I find it hard to apologize for removing Saddam. I think, even from today in 2015, it is better that he's not there than that he is there."

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