Afghan women still jailed alongside murderers for ‘failing’ virginity test | Fariba Housaini

Despite a public health policy outlawing the test, women continue to be subjected to this degrading ordeal, which can lead to arrest and imprisonment Seven months ago, 18-year-old Bahara* was imprisoned for failing a test that she should never have had to undergo. Bahara had run away from home to…

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Ive seen the Antarctics untouched beauty. There’s still time to protect it | Javier Bardem

I urge world leaders to agree on establishing an ocean sanctuary, says actor and Greenpeace Antarctic ambassador Javier Bardem I thought it would be cold. Not just cold, but colder than anything I had experienced in my life. I had visions of bedraggled explorers in blizzards with ice-covered beards. But…

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Bill Cosby: prosecutors ask for five- to 10-year prison sentence

Cosbys lawyer argues prison sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand would be an excessive hardship Prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence Bill Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while his lawyer argued that the 81-year-old comedian is too…

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Bill Gates: ‘Trump could be persuaded’ on US foreign aid spending

Microsoft founder says president has been influenced on value of soft power in exclusive interview on launch of global report Donald Trump is open-minded about policies and might be persuaded on foreign aid, Bill Gates has said in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. The billionaire philanthropist said President Trump…

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Peruvian villagers face murder and intimidation from land traffickers

Invaders continue to seize land within the Chaparr ecological reserve, one of Perus most biodiverse forests Shortly after sunset, along an isolated stretch of highway leading out of a dusty hamlet in northern Peru, a band of five weary farmers clad in reflective neon vests and armed with traditional whips…

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Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have been found guilty of breaching the countrys Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison. Wa…

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