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UNICEF: At least 74 children killed in Yemen since Saudi airstrikes began

Children kiledd in YemenAt least 74 children have been killed and 44 wounded since March 26, when the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen began, UNICEF announced.

More than 100,000 Yemenis have fled their homes, and children are especially vulnerable, the United Nations children’s agency said on Monday. Warring factions have also increased their recruitment of children, the agency said.

“They are being killed, maimed and forced to flee their homes, their health threatened and their education interrupted,” Julian Harneis, UNICEF's representative in Yemen, said in the statement.


American POWs used for live experiments in Japan, according to new museum

Japanese experiments on US pilotsA university museum in Japan has broken a seven-decade taboo on discussing the dissection of live US prisoners of war by medical personnel towards the end of the Second World War.

The museum opened on Saturday in the grounds of Kyushu University, in the city of Fukuoka, and details more than a century of innovation at one of Japan's foremost medical schools. But one small section provides details of a darker chapter in the university's history, according to Kyodo News.


Dozens killed in fighting near Yemen's Aden port

Dozens killed Aden airportHouthi fighters and allied army units clashed with local militias in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, and eyewitnesses said gun battles and heavy shelling ripped through a downtown district near the city's port.

The Houthi forces have been battling to take Aden, a last foothold of fighters loyal to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, advancing to the city center despite 11 days of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition of mainly Gulf air forces.


Spanish report claims Israel targeted UN in Lebanon

IDF artillery in lebanonA confidential Spanish military report on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Israeli shelling in Lebanon said he was manning a post that appeared to have been targeted, a newspaper reported Sunday.

El Pais cited extracts from the report which drew on testimony from soldiers following the January 28 incident when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hezbollah attack on an IDF convoy in the Golan Heights. The Hezbollah fired killed two Israeli soldiers, Staff Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini and Major Yochai Kalangel of the Givati Brigade, and injured seven others.


Kenya claims one of university gunmen is son of government official

Kenya college attackKenya claims to have identified one of the al-Shabaab gunmen who massacred university students in north-east of the country as the son of a government official, the interior ministry has said.

Spokesman Mwenda Njoka said Abdirahim Abdullahi was one of the four men who attacked the Garissa University college campus on Thursday, killingalmost 150 people.


Italy rescues 1,500 migrants at sea in less than 24 hours

Italy rescues migrantsItalian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.

All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations, the coast guard said in a statement.


Islamic State captures 90% of Damascus refugee camp

ISIS takes over Damascus refugee campIslamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The hardline group's offensive in Yarmouk gives it a major presence in the capital. Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometres from President Bashar Assad's seat of power It also gives the group a potential sanctuary where US-led coalition forces were unlikely to strike because of the camp's proximity to Damascus.


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