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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Law Proposing Child Marriage in ‘Special Cases’ Step Backwards

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Law Proposing Child Marriage in ‘Special Cases’ Step Backwards

The poor South Asian nation has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, despite a three-decade-old law which bans marriage for girls under 18 and men under 21.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shan Ju Lin Disendorsed For Saying, ‘Gays Should Be Treated As Patients’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shan Ju Lin Disendorsed For Saying, ‘Gays Should Be Treated As Patients’

Taiwanese-born Ms Lin was dropped as the Bundamba candidate on Saturday night a day after she posted on Facebook that “gays should be treated as patients”.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Sakine Cansiz Death Sparks Massive Protests

FRANCE POLITICS: Sakine Cansiz Death Sparks Massive Protests

Sakine Cansiz, a founder of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in early 1980s, and two Kurdish women were found dead in the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris.

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NAMIBIA POLITICS: Namibians Sue Germany in US Over Genocide

NAMIBIA POLITICS: Namibians Sue Germany in US Over Genocide

Descendants of Herero, Nama from what is now Namibia are suing Germany in United States over genocide carried out by German colonial troops in early 1900s.

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USA POLITICS: Trump’s Supporters Inauguration ‘Deploraball’ Party Shows Schism in Alt-Right Movement

USA POLITICS: Trump’s Supporters Inauguration ‘Deploraball’ Party Shows Schism in Alt-Right Movement

Organizers say the Deploraball is a cocktail party for Donald Trump supporters from all ethnic backgrounds and no discriminatory actions will be allowed.

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UK POLITICS: 2 White Men Drag Muslim Woman Along Pavement, A ‘Sickening’ Attack

UK POLITICS: 2 White Men Drag Muslim Woman Along Pavement, A ‘Sickening’ Attack

A young Muslim woman was knocked down and dragged along the pavement by her hijab in a “sickening” attack in a busy shopping precinct.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Japanese-Australian Community Accuses Sydney Church Of Discrimination For Erecting Memorial To Women Forced To Work As Sex Slaves By Japan’s World War II Army

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Japanese-Australian Community Accuses Sydney Church Of Discrimination For Erecting Memorial To Women Forced To Work As Sex Slaves By Japan’s World War II Army

“We consider this is a huge intimidation to the Japanese nationals,” Japanese-Australian community leader Tetsuhide Yamaoka said in a statement from Tokyo.

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USA POLITICS: NYPD Muslim Officers Society Request To Meet With Trump, Hate Crimes Tops Agenda

USA POLITICS: NYPD Muslim Officers Society Request To Meet With Trump, Hate Crimes Tops Agenda

In his letter to Trump, Adams cited the NYPD’s claim that there has been a 115 percent spike in hate crimes in New York City since Election Day.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Calls For Burqa Ban In Germany

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Calls For Burqa Ban In Germany

Angela Merkel called for a burqa ban in Germany and said the refugee crisis “must never be repeated” while making her pitch for a fourth term as Chancellor.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims Faces Genocide, PM Razak Seeks Urgent Foreign Help

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims Faces Genocide, PM Razak Seeks Urgent Foreign Help

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on the United Nations, International Criminal Court and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to intervene.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Denounces ‘Alt-Right’ Meeting

USA POLITICS: Trump Denounces ‘Alt-Right’ Meeting

“I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” Trump said in a New York Times interview in New York, according to a reporter’s Twitter post.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Defeated

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Defeated

“We again call marriage equality supporters across all political parties to work together to find a pathway,” said Alex Greenwich of Marriage Equality.

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AUSTRALIA: Asylum Seeker Arriving By Boat Will Be Banned For Life

AUSTRALIA: Asylum Seeker Arriving By Boat Will Be Banned For Life

The news comes on the heels of Amnesty International’s “Island of Despair” report, which condemned Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers as torture.

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MAURITANIA: Jailed Anti-Slavery Activists Oppressed By Government – UN Experts

MAURITANIA: Jailed Anti-Slavery Activists Oppressed By Government – UN Experts

Today some 43,000 people or at least one percent of the population live as slaves, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index.

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AUSTRALIA: Same-Sex Marriage: Turnbull Remains Mute On Parliamentary Vote

AUSTRALIA: Same-Sex Marriage: Turnbull Remains Mute On Parliamentary Vote

Mr Shorten is calling for a free vote on the issue in Parliament — but Mr Turnbull has refused to be drawn on whether he will permit that.

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CHINA: Communist Party Offers No Safe Haven For Christianity

CHINA: Communist Party Offers No Safe Haven For Christianity

China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity.

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DENMARK: Danskernes Parti Hands Out Asyl-Spray ‘To Ward Off Migrant Attacks’

Izza Leghtas, Senior Advocate for Europe at Refugees International, condemns Asyl-Spray use as “hostility, xenophobia towards asylum-seekers and refugees.”

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USA: UN Says, US Owes African Americans Reparations Over Slavery

USA: UN Says, US Owes African Americans Reparations Over Slavery

“There has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” UN experts report said.

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AUSTRALIA: Pauline Hanson Officially Endorses Gay Marriage

AUSTRALIA: Pauline Hanson Officially Endorses Gay Marriage

“I believe we’ve got to start listening to the majority and not the minority,” Senator Pauline Hanson said.

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PHILIPPINE: Sara Duterte To Muslim Women: Show Your Faces In Public

PHILIPPINE: Sara Duterte To Muslim Women: Show Your Faces In Public

“It would be a good security practice to disallow garments that cover the faces in public places,” Sara Duterte said in a written statement.

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