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Day: October 24, 2017

Couple reported to police after they tried naming their son Jihad
ENGLISH, Europe

Couple reported to police after they tried naming their son Jihad

    A couple in France have been reported to the authorities for trying to name their son Jihad. The Muslim parents tried to register the highly controversial name at their town hall near Toulouse after the birth in August, reports the Mirror. But officials immediately alerted the public prosecutor, who is now challenging the name in the family court because of its links to terrorism. A judge will then have the power to order the couple to choose another name. The unnamed husband and wife have claimed the word Jihad does not mean Holy War, but instead refers to effort, struggle and self-denial. Four years ago another couple whose three-year-old son was named Jihad were hand suspended prison sentences for sending him to school in a t-shirt with the slogans ‘I am a bomb’ on the ...
A woman set fire to ex-boyfriend’s house and stabbed police officer in row over teddy bear
America, ENGLISH

A woman set fire to ex-boyfriend’s house and stabbed police officer in row over teddy bear

    A woman reportedly burned down her ex-boyfriend’s house in a row over a teddy bear, then chased him with a knife before stabbing a police officer who tried to protect him. Brittany Bonin, 26, flew into a rage when demanding Michael Demalia return a stuffed animal she had given his 18-month-old daughter Natalie, his sister Jacqueline said. After an exchange of words at the door of the house in Edgewater, Florida, she pushed her way past, charged down the hall and set fire to the child’s crib. Ms Bonin reportedly then ransacked the house including smashing a 90-gallon fishtank which flooded the property before chasing Mr Demalia with a knife. He fled across the road to a neighbour off-duty deputy Captain Cliff Williams who stood between the pair, but Ms Bonin allegedly stabb...
Police failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Police failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK

    Police are failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK, leaving perpetrators free to continue to exploit vulnerable people, a damning government report has found. Despite a well-documented rise in modern slavery and human trafficking cases, police forces are still failing to recognise the crimes, leading to victims being left unprotected or even arrested, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). The police watchdog said the force is guilty of inconsistent and ineffective identification of victims who have been coerced into crimes such as forced labour, sexual exploitation or domestic servitude. Police forces are also not investigating abuses quickly enough, it said. Campaigners have warned that many victims, including children, w...
Brexit Could Still Be Stopped
ENGLISH, Europe

Brexit Could Still Be Stopped

    Brexit can still be avoided if the United Kingdom chooses, the president of the European Council has said. Donald Tusk told the European Parliament on Tuesday that the remaining EU 27 member states must be united in their negotiations with Britain. We have managed to build and maintain unity among the 27. But ahead of us is still the toughest stress test. If we fail it, the negotiations will end in our defeat, he said. We must keep our unity regardless of the direction of the talks. The EU will be able to rise to every scenario as long as we are not divided. Tusk added: It is in fact up to London how this will end: with a good deal, no deal or no Brexit. But in each of these scenarios we will protect our common interest only by being together. European Commission chief Jea...
Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps

    As Rohingya women struggle to access even the very basics such as food and water in Bangladesh’s overcrowded camps, a flourishing sex trade offers cash in times of desperation. Four women entered the clean-swept mud hut, took off their black shawls and sat cross-legged on the floor. When asked if they sold sex, the women stirred uncomfortably and were silent. Later, after cups of tea, the question came up again. The women caught each other’s eyes. Slowly one of them walked across the room to shut the door, another blocked the window. Darkness fell in the small, humid hut and voices turned to whispers. If anyone finds out what we do, they will kill us,’ murmured 26-year-old Romida. More than 600,000 ethnic Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, have fled attacks by the Mya...
UK MPs stories in wake of Harvey Weinstein allegations
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK MPs stories in wake of Harvey Weinstein allegations

    While one admits men were always hitting on her when she first joined Parliament, another reveals she was assaulted by her boss. The revelations come at the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal where 30 Hollywood actresses have come forward to claim that the movie mogul allegedly sexually assaulted them. Four female UK politicians have joined a growing number of women who are speaking out about the abuse they have suffered as a part of the ‘me too’ campaign that has taken social media by storm. While Baroness Jenkins admitted that men used to hit on her all the time when she first joined the Parliament as a secretary in 1970s, another Tory politician revealed than an MP stroked her neck while she drove her car. Labour MP Mary Creagh went on to reveal that she was sexually ...