Islamic State using tens of thousands as human shields in Mosul: U.N.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as "human shields" in strategic sites in the city as Iraqi troops advance, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. "ISIL's depraved, cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilians to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations, effectively using tens of thousands of women, men and children as human shields," said Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Using human shields is prohibited under international law, he said in a statement.
Mosul Today: UN says IS using thousands as human shields
BAGHDAD (AP) ? The Islamic State group is using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul while the Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second-largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.
Ex-UK leader says voters should be able to reconsider BrexitLONDON (AP) ? Britain's former leader, Tony Blair, said Friday that the nation's voters should be given another chance to weigh in on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union.
Mayor declares 'Paisley Park Day' as Prince museum reopensCHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) ? Prince's Paisley Park studio complex and home reopened permanently Friday as a museum honoring his musical legacy, and the mayor of the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen declared it "Paisley Park Day" in celebration.
WADA cites near collapse of anti-doping program at Rio Games
MONTREAL (AP) ? The World Anti-Doping Agency has detailed serious failings of doping control management at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, saying the system was only saved from collapsing by the "enormous resourcefulness and goodwill" of some key staff.
Trump shrinks personal giving to his campaign in October
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump is the one boasting about the personal money he's putting into his presidential bid, but in the early weeks of October, it was Hillary Clinton chipping in more of her own resources.
Yemen rebels deny their missile targeted holy city of MeccaDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies fired a ballistic missile deep into Saudi Arabia, an overnight strike that they said on Friday had targeted an international airport while the kingdom claimed that it flew toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca.
Sheriff's deputies swing into action to help fallen fawnKAMAS, Utah (AP) ? Sheriff's deputies in Utah came up with a creative way to free a fawn from a basement window well.
Madoff trustee reaches $277 million accord with money manager's family
Irving Picard, the trustee, said victims will receive $232 million of cash, and the rights to $30.7 million of assets that are expected to be sold. Picard also said a $15 million restitution fund supervised by the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris will pay claims by investors in partnerships related to Chais and the state. The accord requires approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan, who is overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
UN pays tribute to late Thai king