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UN: Eastern Aleppo residents at risk of mass starvation

Aleppo civilians ndear starvation pointThe UN has urged the Syrian government, Russia and rebel groups to immediately allow food deliveries to besieged areas of eastern Aleppo, issuing a bleak warning that the 250,000 civilians still trapped in the divided city are at risk of mass starvation as the winter sets in.

Jan Egeland, the head of a UN-backed humanitarian task force for Syria, told reporters on Thursday that the last remaining food rations were currently being handed out in rebel-held eastern Aleppo and there would be nothing left to distribute next week without a resupply.

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A dark trade: Rape videos for sale in India

Dark trade: rape video sold in IndiaIn this industrial northern state, you can buy footage of a woman being raped for the price of a cheap meal.

Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale across the state. They cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer's mobile phone in a matter of seconds.

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Palestinians mourn final Cremisan Valley olive harvest

Palestinians mourn last olive harvestThe rocky terraces of the Cremisan Valley are mostly overgrown and wild these days, as local landowners say they have lost all hope of keeping control over the more than 300 hectares of olive trees and orchards along the sloping mount, confiscated by the Israeli government earlier this year.

"I haven't been here at all this year. Look how the weeds have grown over, and trash from the street has piled up," Ricardo Jaweejat said, motioning towards the vast olive grove that has belonged to his family for generations.

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Young Cuban women lured to Miami on promises of freedom, forced into prostitution

Cuban women trafficked to MiamiAs a means to flee Cuba, six young women agreed to work in Miami as exotic dancers.

That was the deal to pay off a $20,000 smuggling fee from the island to Mexico and ultimately into the United States.

But instead of simply stripping, they were forced into sex slavery in Miami. They were locked up, mistreated and forced into prostitution until police rescued them in September, according to federal court documents. Their ordeal has become the first known criminal case involving Cuban women brought to the United States for sexual exploitation.

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Afghan report slams 'gross miscarriages of justice' at Guantánamo

Afghan report slams GitmoA leading research organization in Afghanistan is accusing the United States of “gross miscarriages of justice” at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility in a scathing report examining the cases of eight Afghans held at the facility.

“The Afghan experience in Guantánamo in itself highlights the peril of the power to arbitrarily detain,” the Afghanistan Analysts Network said in its report. “For individuals and their families, the consequences have been gross miscarriages of justice.”

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Calais camp charities attack UK and France over unaccompanied children

Calais camp childrenAnger is growing among aid workers in the Calais refugee camp over the welfare of the 1,500 unaccompanied children remaining on the site in a secure area of converted shipping containers.

They say the French and British authorities are leaving it to charities to fill a void created by the lack of state support.

Calais Action, one of the many volunteer groups which has been operating on the site in the absence of official support, said there were at least 14 children left on the site on Friday night with nowhere to go. They had failed to get on the last buses laid on for unaccompanied minors for onward transport to reception centres across France.

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Russia ousted from U.N. Human Rights Council amid allegations of Syrian war crimes

Russia ousted from HR Council at UNRussia lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council by a narrow margin following a vote on Friday.

Russia received a total of 112 votes to remain as one of two Eastern European seats on the council devoted to human rights, losing by two votes to Croatia and by 32 votes to Hungary, according to the New York Times.

The vote represented the first time a permanent member had lost its seat on the 47 member U.N. Security Council since it was established in 2006.

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