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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Expand “Harriet,” 17, from Migori county, western Kenya, dropped out of the first year of lower secondary school when she got pregnant. She received no information or advice about policies that allowed her to continue going to school while she was pregnant. She wants to continue studying so she can find a job and care for her child. © 2018 Smita Sharma for Human Rights Watch In June, Burundi joined a small group of African countries that ban pregnant girls from continuing with formal education in government schools. Burundi’s Education Ministry  banned the boys who get the girls pregnant as… (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
(Beirut) – A district court of appeal in Lebanon issued a groundbreaking ruling on July 12, 2018, that consensual sex between people of the same sex is not unlawful, Human Rights Watch said. The ruling follows similar judgments from lower courts that have declined to convict gay and transgender people of “sexual intercourse contrary to nature” in four separate rulings between 2007 and 2017. It is the first such ruling from an appeals court and moves Lebanon further toward decriminalizing homosexual conduct. “This ruling signals a new horizon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in… (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel's piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, surprising the feverish and fanatic audience, who loudly cheered "BRUCE." "Congratulations, Billy, on your 100th show," Springsteen yelled. "Ready,... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Spain has overtaken Italy as the No. 1 destination for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to try to reach Europe. The latest figures for the European Union's border agency Frontex show the number of migrants reaching Spain jumped 166 percent from a year ago, to nearly 6,400 in June. Nationals of Morocco, Guinea and Mali accounted for the highest number of arrivals in Spain. Conversely, the number of migrants using the so-called central Mediterranean route to Italy and Malta was... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Israel has passed legislation that has been welcomed by Jewish nationalists but condemned by Arab citizens. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, approved a new law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it is a "historic moment in the history of Zionism and …the State of Israel." Netanyahu said Israel's enemies have been trying to delegitimize its existence, but now Jewish statehood is enshrined in... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Philippine immigration bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move "persecution" and said they would appeal. The Bureau of Immigration also wants to prohibit Sister Patricia Anne Fox from returning to the country for violating the terms of her missionary visa. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Fox's deportation would not be enforced while she... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Russians are protesting government plans to hike the retirement age, in a rare challenge to President Vladimir Putin's leadership.   The State Duma on Thursday approved a bill that would raise the age at which retirees can receive state pensions from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women. The rise would occur in stages over the next 15 years.   Activists from both Communist and pro-free market parties held demonstrations ahead of the vote, reflecting the unusually... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
China’s Ambassador in Phnom Penh says the European Union should not mix politics with trade as it mulls withdrawing Cambodia’s vital preferential single market access in response to the country’s autocratic backslide. The European Union has just wrapped up a fact-finding mission to Cambodia to determine if Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences should be withdrawn in light of actions such as the dissolution of the only viable alternative party at this month’s national... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says the 28-nation bloc is preparing to retaliate against the United States if President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on foreign autos and car parts. Trump slapped tariffs on EU steel and aluminum on June 1, which the EU responded to with duties on U.S. products, and is threatening to extend them to the automotive industry. Malmstrom said at a Brussels news conference hosted by the German Marshall Fund the European Union is compiling... (Full Story)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Campaigning is heating up ahead of Pakistan national elections despite election-related violence, and the spokesman for the political party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Sharif was being held in deplorable conditions awaiting the outcome of his appeal of a 10-year sentence for corruption. Pervaiz Rashid, spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League, visited Sharif in prison Thursday where he said the former premier's conditions are "deplorable." Sharif is being held... (Full Story)
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