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Sex with minor wife is to be considered rape’, says Supreme Court 

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Sex with minor wife is to be considered rape’, says Supreme Court 

NEW DELHI: In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ruled that sex with a wife who is under 18 years of age is rape and therefore a crime. The top court did not rule on ‘marital rape’, which is sexual intercourse forced upon a spouse no matter what their age. Before today’s SC ruling, there was […]

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‘We’re not a tribal state’: Turkey slams US visa suspension, vows retaliation

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‘We’re not a tribal state’: Turkey slams US visa suspension, vows retaliation

Top Turkish officials have lashed out at the US, stating that Turkey “is not a tribal state” and does not need Washington’s permission to detain and prosecute suspects. The Turkish prime minister promised to “retaliate” over the suspension of non-immigrant visas Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Murad Sezer / Reuters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]

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Catalan leader ‘assumes mandate for independent state’ but asks to suspend declaration

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Catalan leader ‘assumes mandate for independent state’ but asks to suspend declaration

Carles Puigdemont speaking to Catalonia’s regional parliament. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has told the region’s parliament he ‘assumes the mandate’ for an independent republic but asked for the effects of the declaration to be suspended in order to ‘enter into dialogue’. In a speech to regional lawmakers at an extraordinary parliamentary session […]

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Baghdad responsible for security in Iraq’s ‘disputed’ parts: PM al-Abadi

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Baghdad responsible for security in Iraq’s ‘disputed’ parts: PM al-Abadi

AP Photo Baghdad is responsible for security in parts of Iraq “disputed” between Baghdad and Irbil, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday, going on to warn Kurdish Peshmerga forces against taking on federal government forces. “The central government is solely authorized to provide security in disputed areas [of Iraq],” al-Abadi said at a press […]

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French nuclear plants vulnerable to terror attacks, experts say

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French nuclear plants vulnerable to terror attacks, experts say

International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a worrying new report commissioned by the Greenpeace group. Photo: AFP International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by […]

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Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 presidential race and demanded that IEBC calls a fresh election

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Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 presidential race and demanded that IEBC calls a fresh election

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga during a media briefing at a Nairobi hotel where he rejected results of the presidential election, August 9,2017. /HEZRON NJOROGE The decision is in Kenya’s interest and is “a win-win for everyone”, the NASA leader said on Tuesday. The former Prime Minister said it is only through his withdrawal that […]

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Sweden summons Turkey ambassador after Swedish citizen charged

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Sweden summons Turkey ambassador after Swedish citizen charged

Ali Gharavi. Photo: Larissa Dickey/handout via TT Sweden summoned Turkey’s ambassador on Monday over concerns that a Swedish citizen, among 11 other activists, risks up to 15 years in prison in a case that has sparked international outrage. Ali Gharavi, an IT consultant and writer, was detained while attending a July 5th workshop in Istanbul […]

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Las Vegas mosque remembers victims of mass shooting

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Las Vegas mosque remembers victims of mass shooting

Aisha Khan of Las Vegas, 23, listens to a prayer service at the Masjid Ibrahim mosque in Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. The service was held in remembrance of the victims of last week’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Joel Angel Juarez Las Vegas Review-Journal @jajuarezphoto From the prayer room, a […]

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5 killed as ‘blood-sucking vampire’ scare lynchings prompt UN withdrawals in Malawi

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5 killed as ‘blood-sucking vampire’ scare lynchings prompt UN withdrawals in Malawi

Malawi UN soldiers © Junior D. Kannah / Reuters Vigilante mobs have begun summarily executing people suspected of being “blood-sucking” vampires, leading the UN to recall several staff members from both the Phalombe and Mulanje districts of Southern Malawi. Five people have been killed since mid-September. “While His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika was attending […]

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California fires: Deadly wildfires sweep through wine country

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California fires: Deadly wildfires sweep through wine country

Media captionWildfires rip through California’s famous wine country Parts of California’s wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least 10 people. A state of emergency was declared in northern areas after mass evacuations, with 1,500 properties destroyed. About 20,000 people fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in response to […]

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