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Syrian missiles hit civilian area

The Syrian military is firing ballistic missiles into populated areas where it is battling rebels, killing hundreds of civilians in recent months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report today.

The US-based group said it has investigated nine apparent missile attacks that killed at least 215 people, half of them children, between February and July.

The most recent attack HRW investigated occurred in the northern province of Aleppo on July 26, killing at least 33 civilians, including 17 children.


Morocco's king has withdrawn his pardon of a Spanish paedophile after a spate of protests – the first time in recent memory that a sovereign has done so.

But the man convicted of raping 11 children, named as Daniel Galvan Fina, is now believed to be in Spain and it was unclear whether he would be brought back to Morocco.

In a statement, King Mohammed VI said he had asked his justice minister to work with his Spanish counterpart to see how the pardon could be undone in what he described as "an exceptional reversal".


Dozens of websites are being hacked to host images of child sexual abuse and inadvertently viewed by internet users, a charity has warned.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said it had received 227 reports of hijacked websites in the past six weeks.

The charity said legal pornographic sites had also been attacked to redirect visitors to the illegal material.


Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne has been fined €1,150 after he admitted assault and drunk and disorderly charges linked to an incident at a railway station.

The 46-year-old, who has battled alcoholism for many years, admitted two charges when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates' Court.

He was arrested after officers were called to Stevenage rail station at around 10.30pm July 4 last.