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Sayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Doctors Without Borders called on Wednesday for an independent investigation into the airstrike that hit a hospital it runs in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

At least 22 people died in the airstrike, including a dozen doctors, seven adult patients and three children, according to Doctors Without Borders, a non-governmental organization known internationally by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres or its acronym MSF.

"Today, we say enough. Even war has rules," MSF Executive Director Jason Cone said Wednesday during a news conference in New York.

His comments echoed those of MSF's international president, Dr. Joanne Liu, during a news conference in Geneva Wednesday morning.

"In Kunduz, our patients burned in their beds. MSF doctors, nurses and other staff were killed as they worked. Our colleagues had to operate on each other. One of our doctors died on an improvised operating table -- an office desk -- while his colleagues tried to save his life," Liu said.

Earlier Wednesday in Geneva, Liu called for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate the possible violations of international humanitarian law.

This would be the first time that the commission has ever been used. It was initially formed in 1991 but it has never launched a fact-finding investigation.

"It requires one of the 76 signatory states to sponsor an inquiry. Governments up to now have been too polite or afraid to set a precedent. The tool exists and it is time it is activated," Liu said on Wednesday.

The main reason for involving the never-before-used agency is because the MSF is calling for it to be "investigated independently and impartially," which they believe would not be possible if either government involved was at the helm of a probe.

The questions raised about the partiality of the players involved was raised "given the inconsistencies in the U.S. and Afghan accounts of what happened over recent days," Liu said.

"It is unacceptable that states hide behind ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ and in doing so create a free-for-all and an environment of impunity. It is unacceptable that the bombing of a hospital and the killing of staff and patients can be dismissed as collateral damage or brushed aside as a mistake," she said.

What the U.S. Has Said

Gen. John Campbell, the commander of the Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and said that though the airstrikes that struck the MSF hospital in Kunduz were requested by Afghan forces, they were approved by the American chain of command.

"On Saturday morning, our forces provided close air support to Afghan forces at their request. To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a U.S. decision made within the U.S. chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility," he said.

While Campbell admitted it was a mistake, no U.S. official has apologized.

What Happens Now

There are three investigations under way.

On the American front, the ongoing government-backed internal military investigation in Afghanistan headed by Brig. Gen. Richard Kim will continue as well as a complete review of operating procedures.

Gen. Campbell said Tuesday that the "entire force" has to be re-trained and review the rules of engagement that the U.S. military operates under, saying that it was ordered "to prevent any future incidences of this nature."

The rules of engagement for American and Afghan troops in Afghanistan to request airstrikes are that they can be called in for counter-terrorism strikes, force protection, or in extremis situations to prevent casualties.

The U.S. is also participating in two other investigations with the Afghan government and NATO.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- A man recently drove an allegedly stolen car into the ocean in an attempt to escape police during a chase in western Australia, according to police and video of the incident.

The chase on Tuesday lasted for nearly two hours before the driver decided to go off-road, through sand dunes and then into the ocean, the Yanchep Local Police Team told ABC News partner 9 News in Australia.

As the four-wheel vehicle began sinking, the suspect got out and climbed to the roof, police said. Several officers were forced to wade into the waves to rescue the suspect before apprehending him, they added.

A helicopter caught the failed escape attempt on video.

Yanchep Police wrote about the incident on Twitter, where it thanked Guilderton Caravan Park, Lancelin Police and the Queensland Police Service's helicopter POLAIR for their assistance in the chase.

Would like to thank #guildertoncaravanpark #polair and @LancelinPol for the assistance #teamwork #endoftheroad

— Yanchep Police (@Yanchep_Police) October 6, 2015

Think you can escape us in your stolen 4WD at #Wilbinga? We have 4WDs too, and air support #youloose #seacruiser

— Yanchep Police (@Yanchep_Police) October 6, 2015

Yanchep police did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information, including if the suspect is being identified and what, if any, charges he is facing.

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MTI/Varga Gyorgy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Hungarian photographer's recent refugee-themed fashion photo shoot — including scantily clad models wearing headscarves — has sparked outrage on social media.

Some of Norbert Baska's photographs from the shoot show a model wearing headscarves while baring skin, while others show the same model copying the way refugees have been dragged by police to stop them from crossing the border. Most of the photos are are set against the backdrop of barbed wire, signifying the 25-mile barbed wire fence recently put up on Hungary's border with Croatia.

The shoot, which is filed under the "FASHION" section of Baska's official website, is titled "DER MIGRANT," which is German for "The Migrant."


Many users on social media have referred to the shoot as "migrant chic" and criticized the way it sexualizes the refugee crisis and trivializes the tragedy on Hungary's border.

The country recently made headlines after its parliament approved the use of rubber bullets, tear gas and grenades against refugees trying to cross the border.

"Well now this is utterly sick," Twitter user @LewisKayBush wrote. "'Migrant chic' fashion shoot."

Twitter user @chmeredith shared the photos, saying, "Apparently this migrant and refugee inspired photoshoot is 'raising awareness' about the totally chic crisis," Twitter user @chmeredith wrote.

"Wow that designer definitely lacks empathy that he would use refugee crisis as a fashion shoot concept," another user @excogitate123 commented.

Despite such reactions, Baska told ABC News that he stands by his work and that he actually "expected extreme reactions."

"The shooting is not intended to glamourize this clearly bad situation, but rather," he said, "to draw the attention to the problem and make people think about it. Artists around the world regularly attract the public’s attention to current problems through ‘shocking’ installations and pictures. This is another example of such art."

He said the shoot was designed to shed light on contradictory information about the migrant situation.

"This is exactly what we wanted to picture: you see a suffering woman, who is also beautiful and despite her situation, has some high quality pieces of outfit and an smartphone," he said in the statement.

Baska's full statement on his photoshoot is available here.

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iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- There are signs that Israel may be moving away from its 2007 policy of banning nearly all exports from Gaza -- a policy it implemented after the terrorist group Hamas took control of the coastal enclave. 

Last year, Israel began allowing household Gazan exports to the West Bank. Later in March, Gazan tomatoes and eggplants were sold in Israel, and on Wednesday, more products began flowing in.

Trucks carrying Gazan textiles, furniture and ironware are now leaving the Strip and heading for sale in Israel. Government officials say the move is meant to improve the Strip's economy and reduce the high unemployment rate, which currently stands at 41 percent.

Israel believes more economic stability may reduce the chances of another military conflict with Hamas. The country has fought the Islamist terror group three times in seven years. 

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whitewizzard/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) -- A new poll shows that the vast majority of praciticing Catholics in Italy want the church to include divorced and remarried people in the church.

The poll showed that 85 percent of active Catholics in Italy think their church should start allowing divorced and remarried followers receive the sacraments, something they are now banned from taking part in.

It's one of the contentious issues, at least for the bishop in Rome who has convened for part two of the Vatican synod on family and sex.

Just a handful of women have been invited to the synod, not as participants but as observers.

The head of the Vatican synod office, Cardinal Baldisseri, said the tiny female presence was included to help the bishops look at family with the "tender, attentive, and compassionate," way of women.

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????? ?????????/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) --  The European Union is offering Turkey incentives to keep migrants.

The EU is offering financial aid and the easing of visa restrictions in exchange for Turkey taking in some of the migrants fleeing from Syria, reports the BBC.

Some key components of the plan includes €1 billion euros in aid, reinforcement of the Turkish coast guard, resettlement for migrants in Turkey, and the ease of the visa requirements for Turkish nationals heading to the European  Union, says BBC News.

Turkey has not yet accepted the plan. Turkey also anticipates millions of more refugees to flee Syria.

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Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world’s second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group’s propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned.

Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles and is “supporting” the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit of the Treasury Department -- part of a broad U.S. effort to prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of the terror group.

“We briefed Treasury on Toyota’s supply chains in the Middle East and the procedures that Toyota has in place to protect supply chain integrity,” said Ed Lewis, Toyota’s Washington-based director of public policy and communications.

Toyota has a “strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” Lewis said. He said it is impossible for the company to track vehicles that have been stolen, or have been bought and re-sold by middlemen.

Toyota Hilux pickups, an overseas model similar to the Toyota Takoma, and Toyota Land Cruisers have become fixtures in videos of the ISIS campaign in Iraq, Syria and Libya, with their truck beds loaded with heavy weapons and cabs jammed with terrorists. The Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, told ABC News that in addition to re-purposing older trucks, his government believes ISIS has acquired “hundreds” of “brand new” Toyotas in recent years.

“This is a question we’ve been asking our neighbors,” Faily said. “How could these brand new trucks... these four wheel drives, hundreds of them -- where are they coming from?”

ISIS propaganda videos show gunmen patrolling Syrian streets in what appear to be older and newer model white Hilux pick-ups bearing the black caliphate seal and crossing Libya in long caravans of gleaming tan Toyota Land Cruisers. When ISIS soldiers paraded through the center of Raqqa, more than two-thirds of the vehicles were the familiar white Toyotas with the black emblems. There were small numbers of other brands including Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Isuzu.

“Regrettably, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have effectively become almost part of the ISIS brand,” said Mark Wallace, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who is CEO of the Counter Extremism Project, a non-profit working to expose the financial support networks of terror groups.

“ISIS has used these vehicles in order to engage in military-type activities, terror activities, and the like,” Wallace told ABC News. “But in nearly every ISIS video, they show a fleet -- a convoy of Toyota vehicles and that’s very concerning to us.”

Toyota says many of the vehicles seen in ISIS videos are not recent models. “We have procedures in place to help ensure our products are not diverted for unauthorized military use,” said Lewis.

But, Lewis added, “It is impossible for Toyota to completely control indirect or illegal channels through which our vehicles could be misappropriated.”

Questions about the ISIS use of Toyota vehicles have circulated for years. In 2014, a report by the radio broadcaster Public Radio International noted that the U.S. State Department delivered 43 Toyota trucks to Syrian rebels. A more recent report in an Australian newspaper said that more than 800 of the trucks had been reported missing in Sydney between 2014 and 2015, and quoted terror experts speculating that they may have been exported to ISIS territory.

Attempts to track the path of the trucks into ISIS hands has proven complicated for U.S. and Iraqi officials.

Toyota’s own figures show sales of Hilux and Land Cruisers tripling from 6,000 sold in Iraq in 2011 to 18,000 sold in 2013, before sales dropped back to 13,000 in 2014.

Brigadier General Saad Maan, an Iraqi military spokesman, told ABC News he suspects that middlemen from outside Iraq have been smuggling the trucks into his country.

“We are spending our time to fight those terrorists so we cannot say we are controlling the border between Iraq and Syria,” he conceded. “We are deeply in need for answers.”

In a statement to ABC News, Toyota said it is not aware of any dealership selling to the terror group but “would immediately” take action if it did, including termination of the distribution agreement.

Toyota distributors in the region contacted by ABC News said they did not know how the trucks reached ISIS.

Sumitomo, a Japanese conglomerate that ships vehicles to the region, wrote to ABC News, “In terms of how anyone operating outside of the law obtain vehicles for misappropriation, we have no way to know and therefore cannot comment.”

A spokesman for former owners of the Toyota dealership in Syria said its sales operation was halted in 2012.

The former owners, a Saudi company called Abdul Latif Jameel, said it “made the decision to cease all trading activities in the country and fully divested the business in October, 2012,” according to a spokesperson.

Wallace, of the Counter Extremism Project, said his organization wrote directly to Toyota earlier this year to urge the company to do more to track the flow of trucks to ISIS, and noted that the trucks are stamped with traceable identification numbers.

“I don’t think Toyota’s trying to intentionally profit from it, but they are on notice now and they should do more,” Wallace said. “They should be able to figure it out... how are these trucks getting there. I think they should disclose that, put a stop to that, and put policies and procedures in places that are real and effective to make sure that we don’t see videos of ISIS using Toyota trucks in the future.”

Earlier this year, Toyota responded to Wallace’s organization with similar language the company has used to answer questions from ABC News, writing that Toyota stopped entirely its sales of vehicles in Syria several years ago.

Toyota told ABC News that after company officials briefed the U.S. Treasury team and that Treasury indicated the meeting was “helpful.”

“We cannot provide further details of our interaction with Treasury as we do not want to compromise its efforts to understand and prevent diversion, or make it easier for illicit groups to penetrate our supply chains or those of any other company,” Lewis said.

Treasury officials told ABC News they could not comment publicly about the agency’s engagement with specific private companies. But in response to questions about Toyota, the officials said investigators are “working closely with foreign counterparts and stakeholders” on the issue.

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Christopher-Oliver/iStock/ThinkStock(SYDNEY) -- Police in Sydney, Australia have made a series of anti-terror raids after a police employee was shot dead by a teenage gunman.

At least 5 people have been arrested and it's believed the raids are related to the Friday shooting of a civilian police employee by a 15 year old youth at point blank range outside police headquarters in Sydney.

The teenage gunman was shot dead by officers who responded to the attack.

Over the weekend, a mosque close to the police building was searched by detectives.

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PeterHermesFurian/iStock/ThinkStock(ISTANBUL) -- Russian warplanes bombing targets in Syria are said to have violated Turkish airspace more than once.

NATO officials say a second incursion across the Syrian-Turkish border occurred over the weekend.

Moscow insists that its aircraft entered Turkish airspace by accident. However, NATO says that doesn't seem to be the case.

US Defense officials say Russia is moving ground troops into Syria. Intelligence gathered on the Russian forces indicates a massing of troops and weapons in western Syria.

Russia denies any escalation in Syria that includes ground forces.

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, on Tuesday called the recent airstrike on an Afghan hospital in the northern city of Kunduz a mistake.

The U.S. chain of command decided to conduct the operation and the hospital was "mistakenly struck,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee of the incident that left 22 people dead.

"We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility," he told the senators. "I must allow the investigation to take its course and, therefore, I’m not at liberty to discuss further specifics at this time. However, I assure you that the investigation will be thorough, objective and transparent.”

And in light of the Kunduz airstrike, Campbell said he has ordered retraining of the rules of engagement.

“To prevent any future incidences of this nature, I've directed the entire force to undergo in-depth training in order to review all of our operational authorities and rules of engagement,” he said.

The rules for U.S. and Afghan troops in Afghanistan requesting airstrikes are that they can be called in for counterterrorism strikes, force protection or, in extreme situations, to prevent casualties.

Although the airstrikes on the Doctors Without Borders hospital were requested by Afghan forces, Campbell said, they were approved by the U.S. chain of command.

“The Afghan forces on the ground requested air support from our forces there on the ground," he explained, "but as I said in my opening statement, even though the Afghans requested air support, it still has to go through a rigorous U.S. procedure to enable fires to go on the ground.”

Campbell added: "We had a special operations unit that was in close vicinity that was talking to the aircraft that delivered those fires.”

After the general told reporters Monday that Afghan forces who were under attack by the Taliban requested the U.S. airstrikes, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said in a statement: "The U.S. government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing – from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government. The reality is the U.S. dropped those bombs. The U.S. hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff."

In terms of troop levels there, Campbell on Tuesday also confirmed to the committee that he has presented recommendations to the White House that would revise the planned drawdown of all 9,800 U.S. troops by the end of next year.

Campbell said a reduction in forces by 2017 remains the “planning assumption,” but “much has changed” since the drawdown plan was decided in mid-2014, when President Obama's decision “did not take into account the changes over the past two years.”

"As a result," Campbell said, "I’ve put forward recommendations to adjust this new environment while addressing our missions, train, advise and assist the Afghan Security Forces and conduct counterterrorism missions to protect the homeland."

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Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Six people, including former United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe, were charged Tuesday in a wide-ranging corruption and bribery scheme related to business projects in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau.

Ashe is accused of accepting over $1 million in bribes “from sources in China” in exchange for performing “official actions for businessmen who were seeking benefits from the U.N. and the government of Antigua and Barbuda” -- the country for which Ashe was also an ambassador to the U.N., according to a criminal complaint released on Tuesday. Ashe was president of the General Assembly in 2013.

“Among other things, Ashe accepted over $500,000 of bribes facilitated by [defendants Francis] Lorenzo and [Jeff C.] Yin from [defendant Ng Lap Seng], who was seeking to build a multi-billion dollar, U.N.-sponsored conference center in Macau, China,” the complaint says. Ambassador Francis Lorenzo is a naturalized U.S. citizen, but has been a U.N. diplomat representing the Dominican Republic for the last 11 years, according to the complaint.

The complaint says Ashe also received over $800,000 in bribes “from various Chinese businessmen” and in return “supported these businessmen’s interests within the United Nations and with senior Antiguan government officials, including the country’s then-Prime Minister… with whom Ashe shared a portion of the bribe payments.”

An attorney for Lorenzo, Brian Bieber, told ABC News his client voluntarily surrendered to the FBI early Tuesday morning.

"Ambassador Lorenzo acted in good faith at all times and to his detriment, trusted the people he dealt with and relied on their integrity," Bieber said. "We anticipate a response to all the detailed allegations being leveled against the Ambassador to be forthcoming shortly."

ABC News previously reported Ng’s arrest late last month by the FBI. He is accused of lying about why he brought $4.5 million in cash to the United States. The complaint against Ng details a series of trips he made to the U.S., often by private jet, allegedly carrying large amounts of cash, but did not say for whom the money was intended.

Almost two decades ago, Ng was identified in a 1998 Senate report as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funneled through an Arkansas restaurant owner, Charlie Trie, to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration.

“Trie’s contributions purchased access for himself and Ng to the highest levels of our government,” the Senate report said. Ng and Trie made a number of visits to the White House to attend Democratic National Committee-sponsored events and was photographed with President Bill Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton. ABC News reported in 1997 that Ng had made six trips to the White House.

After Ng’s arrest last month, a spokesman for the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign, Brian Fallon, said there had been no contact between the campaign and Ng, and there is no indication of any current ties to the Clintons or the Democratic Party.

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Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry on Monday made the day of some seriously ill children in London when he attended the WellChild Awards.

Taking a page from his mother, the late Princess Diana, Prince Harry brought a smile to the courageous children at the awards, many of whom are battling life-threatening illnesses.

WellChild, a U.K. charity of which Prince Harry is Patron, seeks to provide care for any seriously ill child, no matter how challenging their condition may be.

One child who had mistaken the fifth-in-line to the British throne for a clown, made a special request, asking the prince, “Can you make me a balloon animal please?”

Although Prince Harry attends each year to deliver the “Most Inspirational Child” award to children in different age groups, he was overwhelmed by the kids again this year.

“This is my eighth WellChild Awards now and every year, without fail, I am humbled by the people and children I meet,” Prince Harry, 31, said.

Harry described the event as another “emotional roller coaster” as he was touched by the children’s heroism.

“You guys are awesome” he told the children. “The stories we have heard tonight are moving beyond words. They remind us of the utter insignificance of everyday worries.”

Ruby Smallman was presented with the “Most Caring Young Person” award for caring for her older sister, who is a quadriplegic.

Ruby, wearing a tiara, presented Harry with a ceramic penguin she made, complete with a crown, the British flag, military medals and a sign pointing to the South Pole.

She knew Harry had been to the South Pole nearly two years ago during the Walking with the Wounded 200-mile charity trek.

Prince Harry, who retired from the British army in June, has previously told ABC News’ Royal Contributor Victoria Murphy that the memory of his mother had inspired him in his charitable endeavors.

“It’s something our mother did a lot of and that’s the time that you really get to learn, you get the experience and you actually get the honest truth out of people," Harry said.

Prince Harry has often been compared to his late mother because of his ability to connect with children and adults from all walks of life -- battling injury and sickness -- and bringing a smile and laugh to their face.

The WellChild Awards were no exception.

“It is heartening to hear so many stories of happiness and hope even though dark times,” Prince Harry said Monday. “We literally have the bravest children in the U.K. in this room."

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Amillarah Private Islands(NEW YORK) -- One luxury real estate company is creating islands you will want to be stranded on forever.

Amillarah Private Islands is a collaboration between luxury real estate developer OQYANA Real Estate and floating island expert Dutch Docklands. The two companies have come together to create a series of floating islands called the Amillarah Private Islands villas.

The Floating Private Islands will be located within the 'OQYANA World First development' on 'The World Islands' project in Dubai, and was approved by Nakheel, the master developer of 'The World Islands' project, this past June.

According to Paul Van de Camp, the CEO of Dutch Docklands, the Floating Private Islands are one of a kind; the collaboration makes Amillarah Private Islands "the only company in the world offering Floating Private Islands."

"Our 'Amillarah Private Islands' are completely self-supporting, scarless and all contain the latest state-of-the-art technology," said Van de Camp. "Each one will be a piece of art that you can live in."

Privacy has never been more luxurious than the Amillarah Floating Private Islands. Each island will have its own residence, garden, pool, beach and much more.

The size and shape of each island can also be customized according to the owner's preference.

Architect and creative director of Amillarah Private Islands Koen Olthuis explained that the Private Floating Islands will use state-of-the-art green technology to minimize the environmental impact of the islands.

“Our Private Islands are part of a new trend in green developments in which luxury and quality will be combined with a scarless approach,” Olthuis said.

Amillarah Private Islands also teamed up with the Ocean Futures Society to ensure the project was as environmentally friendly as possible.

The Society, established by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famous Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, investigates "new and better ways to enhance the reaction of artificial reefs below the islands."

“Our association makes sure that the ocean is being respected and that the environmental impact is near zero," said Cousteau. To be able to protect the environment which will be under those structures is one of the most exciting times of my life!”

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Marek Uliasz/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) -- A court in northern Italy has given a father a one year, four month suspended sentence for the psychological mistreatment of his video game-addicted son.

The father apparently berated his son, calling him a lazy ne'er do well and even threw his computer out the window.

The 55-year-old fisher told the court he was at his wits' end because his son had failed high school three times.

But the court said the tirades against his son amounted to abuse and did nothing to improve his performance at school.

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius will likely remain behind bars for at least a few more weeks while his case is referred back to the parole board.

A decision to grant him parole was delayed again and Pistorius must remail in jail, says the BBC.

Pistorius was referred for psychotherapy, "in order to address criminogenic factors of the crime he committed," according to a statement from South Africa's Department of Correctional Services.

The Parole board also said the decision to release Pistorius early was made prematurely.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in the February 2014 death of his girlfriend and model, Reeva Steenkamp.

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