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Day: September 27, 2017

Ireland says it will hold abortion referendum in 2018
ENGLISH, Europe

Ireland says it will hold abortion referendum in 2018

    Ireland says it will hold abortion referendum in 2018 Ireland says it will hold an abortion referendum in 2018. Abortion is currently illegal in Ireland, unless it's performed as a medical intervention to save the mother's life. It means that thousands of women travel abroad every year to access abortion in other countries, or put their lives and their health at risk in unsafe procedures. Earlier this year, statistics showed a drop in the number of Irish women travelling to the UK for abortions, as those who gave Irish addresses dropped. Ireland says it will hold abortion referendum in 2018 But there were concerns that more women were choosing to have abortions at home, accessing pills online. Some 3,265 women gave Irish addresses at clinics and hospitals in England and Wa...
Brighton threaten to ban Labour over anti Semitism
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Brighton threaten to ban Labour over anti Semitism

    Labour has been threatened with a ban on holding future conferences in Brighton unless it tackles anti-Semitism. Brighton and Hove's Labour council leader Warren Morgan said he was very concerned at the anti-Semitism being aired publicly in fringe meetings and on the floor of conference. In a letter to Labour Party general secretary Iain McNicol, Mr Morgan said: As the Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, I will undoubtedly face questions as to why we allow any event where anti-Semitic views are freely expressed to happen in the city, particularly on council premises. Could Labour be banned from Brighton a party conference favourite As a Labour Party member, I expect the inquiry announced today to take firm action; as leader I will need reassurances that there ...
Thai former PM Yingluck gets 5 year jail term for negligence
Asia, ENGLISH

Thai former PM Yingluck gets 5 year jail term for negligence

    Thailand’s ousted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck was due to hear the verdict on Aug. 25, but failed to show up, surprising hundreds of supporters who had gathered at the court. Aides said she had fled Thailand, fearing a harsh sentence. Last month, Reuters reported that she had escaped to Dubai, where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, owns a home. Yingluck, who swept to power in a 2011 general election, introduced a rice subsidy scheme that proved wildly popular with farmers but which the military government says caused billions of dollars in losses. Her government was ouste...
Saudi Arabia agrees to let women drive
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia agrees to let women drive

    A woman drove towards the United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia border before her arrest in 2014. Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, overturning a long-standing policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will not happen immediately, was announced on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. It highlights the damage that the policy has done to the kingdom’s international reputation and its hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform. Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is a Muslim monarchy ruled according to Shariah law. Saudi officials and clerics have provided numerous explanations for the ban over the years. Some said that it was inap...
Bangladesh moves up seven places in Global Competitiveness Index
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Bangladesh moves up seven places in Global Competitiveness Index

    Bangladesh’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Index has moved up by seven places to 99 out of 137 countries surveyed. The reports says: ‘Competitiveness has improved across most countries in South Asia (as seen in Figure 4a and 4b), in particular in the two Himalayan countries of Bhutan (82nd, up 15) and Nepal (88th, up 10). On a similarly positive trend, Pakistan (115th, up seven) and Bangladesh (99th, up seven) have both improved their scores across all pillars of competitiveness. Upgrading ICT infrastructure and increasing ICT use remain among the biggest challenges for the region: over the past decade, South Asia has been the area where technological readiness stagnated the most, with a performance similar to that of sub-Saharan Afric...