Israel issued a report on Sunday arguing its 2014 Gaza offensive was lawful, a move aimed at pre-empting the release of findings of a U.N. war crimes investigation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scorned as a waste of time.
The 277-page report, which cited Israel’s internal probes and statements from Western leaders backing its right to self-defence, suggested the Netanyahu government hoped to defuse criticism from the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) inquiry in advance.
Deeming the HRC biased, Israel boycotted its investigators as it did those from the council who looked into its 2008-09 Gaza offensive. That HRC inquiry accused Israel of war crimes.
Launched last July after a surge of cross-border rocket fire by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups, Israel’s 50 days of shelling, air strikes and ground incursions in the congested enclave killed more than 2,256 Palestinians, including 1,563 civilians, a U.N. report said in March.
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The Chilcot Report into the Iraq War will not be published for at least another year, it emerged today sparking a fresh row about whether it will ever be finished.
Ministers today faced calls for an urgent statement to Parliament on the future of the inquiry, as some urged David Cameron to pull the plug.
By the end of this year the inquiry will have lasted for longer than British combat troops were fighting in Iraq.
The inquiry headed by Sir John Chilcot has already lasted six years and cost £10million.
But a source close to the inquiry told the Independent on Sunday it is ‘unlikely to be published for another year at least’.
In January, Sir John wrote to Mr Cameron insisting ‘very substantial progress’ had been made in completing his report but admitting that it will not be possible to publish his report ahead of the general election in May.
Two children who ran away from a care home on Saturday night are believed to have boarded a train to London.
Officers said they were concerned for the welfare of 12-year-old Kieran Sampson and his friend, Amy Dilworth, who is 15.
Both vanished overnight from the care home where they were living in Berkshire and were thought to have caught a train after being captured on CCTV last night at a local train station.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said that it was not known whether the children had any money with them when they ran away from the home in Burghfield Common, near Newbury, Berkshire.
‘We are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a boy and girl who are both missing from Burghfield Common,’ said the spokesman.
At noon on Wednesday, George Osborne will show us the future. Or rather, what he hopes will be his future… when he stands in for David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Osborne has been preparing for this moment for 21 years. In 1994, he started briefing John Major before PMQs and he has helped every Tory leader since.
As Chancellor, Osborne has carved out time to drill Cameron on his lines every Wednesday morning. He even helped Nick Clegg out the first time he stepped up to the Dispatch Box.
The Chancellor is taking PMQs because Cameron will be absent; in his new role as First Secretary of State, Osborne is the next in line as there’s no longer a Deputy Prime Minister.
Child sex predator Jimmy Savile had a twisted love affair with a 21-stone ice cream magnate accused of abusing young boys.
According to previously unseen police intelligence reports: “Savile had a sexual relationship with Peter Jaconelli”.
They were suspected of being involved in the abuse of 35 young victims as part of a paedophile ring but never faced justice.
The police file says that the late Jaconelli – nicknamed King of the Cornets – enticed young boys into his ice cream parlour by throwing cash at them.
It states: “Jaconelli would sexually touch the young boys in a scramble for the money.”
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Is something really big about to happen? For months, people have been pointing to the second half of this year for various reasons. For some, the major concern is Jade Helm and the unprecedented movement of military vehicles and equipment that we have been witnessing all over the nation. For others, the upcoming fourth blood moon and the end of the Shemitah cycle are extremely significant events. Yet others are most concerned about political developments in Washington D.C. and at the United Nations.
To me, it does seem rather remarkable that we are seeing such a confluence of economic, political and spiritual events coming together during the second half of 2015. So is all of this leading up to something? Is our world about to change in a fundamental way? Only time will tell. The following are 7 key events that are going to happen by the end of September…