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Day: May 24, 2017

Taiwan court rules in favour of gay marriage in Asia first
Asia, ENGLISH

Taiwan court rules in favour of gay marriage in Asia first

    Same-sex activists cheered, hugged and wept outside the parliament in Taipei as they celebrated the landmark decision Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. Crowds of supporters cheered, hugged and wept as the court said that current laws preventing the practice "violated" the constitution's guarantees of freedom of marriage and equality. It gave the government two years to implement the ruling. Momentum has been growing behind the push for equal marriage rights, with Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen openly supporting the campaign. But there has also been anger among conservative groups, who have staged mass rallies against any change i...
British Army to patrol UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British Army to patrol UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing

    Soldiers are being sent on to Britain’s streets to help the police and a second terror attack may be imminent following the Manchester concert bombing, Theresa May has said. The prime minister raised the threat level from severe to critical for the first time since July 2007, meaning “not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent”. May said she did not want to unduly alarm people but military personnel would be present at public events and key sites under police command. She said it could not be ruled out that the attacker, named as Salman Ramadan Abedi, was working as part of a terrorist group. Speaking from Downing Street after an emergency Cobra meeting, May said the investigations of the security services and police have revealed it...
Britain condemns US officials for leaking intelligence on Manchester terror attack
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain condemns US officials for leaking intelligence on Manchester terror attack

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd condemned US officials for risking the operational integrity of the ongoing investigation into the Manchester terror attack, after they leaked confidential details to the US media before they had been confirmed by British police. Business Insider reported on Tuesday how several key details on the attacker's identity had made their way onto US news channels potentially compromising the ongoing investigation. American news outlets confirmed that the information on Salman Abedi had been passed to them by US officials. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the Today programme that she was irritated by the leaks. The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect the operational integrity, the ele...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned Dhaka early Wednesday after completing her four-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Deputy Governor in Jeddah, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh, Consul General of Bangladesh in Jeddah and representatives of Saudi government saw her off at the airport. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage left King Abdulaziz International Airport at 4:15pm.The Prime Minister left Dhaka on May 20 for Riyadh on a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to join the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina performed the holy Umrah in Makkah on Monday night. Sheikh Hasina first performed '...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned Dhaka early Wednesday after completing her four-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Deputy Governor in Jeddah, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh, Consul General of Bangladesh in Jeddah and representatives of Saudi government saw her off at the airport. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage left King Abdulaziz International Airport at 4:15pm. The Prime Minister left Dhaka on May 20 for Riyadh on a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to join the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina performed the holy "Umrah" in Makkah on Monday night. Sheikh Hasina first performe...