Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces 'executed civilians' in Mosul offensive

Iraqi authorities deny Amnesty allegations that their forces tortured and killed six civilians during the Mosul push.

Nigeria

Nigeria officials 'sexually abusing Boko Haram victims'

Human Rights Watch says government officials and troops are exploiting women and girls who escaped grip of armed group.

Humanitarian crises

Attack on UN convoy highlights aid delivery challenges

Rights and aid groups say the caution that follows a major attack can have devastating impact on civilian populations.

Syria's Civil War

Russia bombs Syria rebels from Iran base for first time

The fighter jets took off from western Iran and conducted air strikes in Aleppo, Idlib and Deir el-Zor provinces.

Kenya

Kenyan forces accused of murder and abduction: report

Kenyan officials deny HRW allegations that security forces have "forcibly disappeared" 34 suspects linked to al-Shabab.

Kuwait

Kuwait sets minimum wage for domestic workers

The country becomes the first in the Gulf to regulate the work conditions of domestic staff through legislation.

Islam

Islamophobia surges amid a 'politics of fear'

Muslims and refugees are being "scapegoated and alienated" as attacks claimed by ISIL rise, Human Rights Watch says.

War & Conflict

Coalition denies using cluster bombs in Yemen

Rights monitor's charges, which caused row between government and UN, dismissed as "very weak report" without evidence.

Africa

Nigerian army accused of 'unjustified' Shia killings

Soldiers fire on unarmed children without provocation before unwarranted raids in Zaria town, Human Rights Watch says.

War & Conflict

South Sudan: 15,000 children recruited to fight

Rights groups call on warring sides to punish commanders who forcefully recruited children into the two-year civil war.

Pakistan

Afghan returnees from Pakistan endure dire conditions

Conditions of Afghan refugees continue to worsen a year after the deadly attack on a school in Peshawar.

Human Rights

UAE announces labour reforms to protect foreign workers

UAE says it will reform laws that prevent workers from changing their jobs and allow substitution of contracts.

Privacy & Surveillance

UK court to investigate rights group surveillance

Spying on rights defenders 'threatens lives' and could have 'devastating' impacts on NGO work, Human Rights Watch warns.

War & Conflict

Mass hunger strike looms against Israeli detention

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners threaten to join fast if Israel does not stop detaining people without charge.

Africa

Ex-Chad leader goes on trial in Senegal over atrocities

Hissene Habre, once described as "Africa's Pinochet", is accused of crimes against humanity during his rule.