More civilians were killed in Syria last month at the hands of the Russian military than at the hands of either the Islamic State terrorist group or the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a leading human rights group calculates.
According to a new report released by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, there were at least 1,382 civilians in Syria that were killed in January as a result of ongoing conflicts in the nation.
At least 679 civilians were killed as a result of Russian air strikes, including 73 women and 94 children. more >>
It is a loving and powerful moment when an American soldier returns home. And sometimes it is not just human family members who are thrilled to see them return.
When a veteran of the Air Force named Joshua had to leave his two dogs behind, a woman named Tia and her daughter Mariah helped out.
In a video posted to YouTube by Animal Planet, Joshua explained that his time away from his pets was rough, given that they were so far away and he saw them as his "pack." more >>
A new report by UNICEF and International Alert, a peace-building group, has warned that freed Nigerian women that had previously been captured by Boko Haram are being rejected by their communities, alongside their children, due to social stigma.
"As they return, many face marginalisation, discrimination and rejection by family and community members due to social and cultural norms related to sexual violence," the 28-page report reads, talking about the freed women.
"There is also the growing fear that some of these girls and women were radicalised in captivity. The children who have been born of sexual violence are at an even greater risk of rejection, abandonment and violence." more >>
After a suicidal car bombing attack in the Turkish capital Ankara killed 28 people on Wednesday night, Turkish warplanes responded by carrying out air strikes on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq only hours later.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has blamed members of the Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria of carrying out the attacks, and revealed that 26 of the 28 people killed on Wednesday were soldiers.
"A direct link between the attack and the YPG has been established," Davutoglu said, noting that the suicidal bombing targeted military buses that waited at traffic lights near Turkey's armed forces' headquarters, parliament and government buildings. more >>
A diplomat with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed laboratory tests that show the Islamic State terror group has been using banned chemical weapons on soldiers in Iraq.
Reuters reported on Monday that the diplomat, who chose to remain anonymous because the OPCW report has not yet been officially released, said the findings point to IS using sulfur mustard gas on around 35 Kurdish troops last August, in at least one confirmed case.
The American Center for Law and Justice has sent legal documents to the United Nations calling for an end to the grotesque practice in Afghanistan where grown men force young boys to dress up like women, before raping and sexually abusing them.
The conservative law group said that the "bacha bazi" practice, which translates to "boy play," has been present for centuries in Afghanistan, and reports have said that it is still being used in the war-torn country.
"Perpetrators span all facets of society, including high-ranking officials in the government and security forces, and are allowed to systematically rape and traffic young boys with virtual impunity," the ACLJ said. more >>