US rejoins UN’s human rights forum

Bush had shunned it as an ineffective dictator's club. Obama's team pledges to work from within to 'improve' it.

Sarkozy stirs tensions as he declares burkas ‘not welcome’ in France

Five years after outlawing Muslim head scarves in public schools, French lawmakers are taking aim at the face-covering niqab and burka, calling the garments an “ambulatory prison” for women.

White House Makes it Official on Ross

A new announcement by the white house

2008 ‘deadliest’ year for Palestinians: rights group

GAZA CITY (AFP) — More than 1,000 Palestinians were killed in 2008 in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, making it the deadliest year since Israel was founded in 1948, a Palestinian rights group said on Saturday.

Israel minister visit to Jerusalem flashpoint condemned

Jerusalem - Israeli PublicSecurityMinister Yitzhak Aharonovitch visited the flashpoint Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem's old city Tuesday, setting off a storm of protest among Muslims, who called the tour a 'provocation.'

London’s children the most deprived in the UK

One in three children in London live in lone-parent families, and one in four in low-income households

Israel: No policy change after Obama speech

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials say the country will not halt construction in West Bank settlements even after the U.S. president's explicit call to do so.

UN in $543m Pakistan aid appeal

The UN has appealed for a total of $543m in humanitarian aid to help more than 1.6 million people displaced by fighting in north-west Pakistan.

Get Involved