Hifter’s rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost. Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local groups hold art exhibitions and festivals. But the city center lies […]

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Hundreds protest strict Alabama abortion law

Around 400 people took to the streets in the capital city of the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday to rally against the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions in decades. Women’s reproductive rights defenders gathered in Montgomery, as well as in Birmingham, Anniston and Huntsville where hundreds more were estimated to have joined […]

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Trump ‘Pro-Life’, but favours exceptions for rape, incest

The US president spelled out his position on abortion days after Alabama’s governor signed off on enacting a near-total prohibition, even in cases of rape and incest.  President Donald Trump on Saturday declared himself “strongly Pro-Life” but in favour of exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, after several US states passed tough new […]

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Tragedy strikes as Saray Khumalo’s fellow climber goes missing after slipping during Everest decent

Tragedy struck on Friday as an Irish professor – who was part of the party that summited Mount Everest with South African Saray Khumalo on Thursday – slipped on the way down and is now missing.Seamus Lawless, 39, was part of an eight-member expedition and was one of three Irish climbers to reach the summit, Newstalk reported. […]

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Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to […]

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Record number of attacks on gays in France

Assaults in France on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit a new record in 2018, “a dark year” for the LGBT community, French group SOS Homophobie reported Tuesday. The non-profit association registered 231 physical attacks, up from the previous annual record of 188 anti-LGBT assaults back in 2013 linked to same-sex marriage legislation. “2018 […]

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NORTH KOREA’S KIM ORDERS STRONGER STRIKE POWER; US SEIZES CARGO SHIP

The leader of North Korea ordered its military to boost its strike capability as he directed another missile firing, state media said on Friday, as tensions grew over tests that appeared to show preparations for a new advanced missile system. News of the call for “full combat posture” by Kim Jong Un follows a US […]

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