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Day: November 3, 2017

Beauty queens turn pageant into protest
ENGLISH, Europe

Beauty queens turn pageant into protest

    Earlier this year, it was reported that Peru has seen a whopping 26 per cent increase in complaints about gender violence between January and April 2017. The massive surge prompted the country's Minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations, Ana Maria Romero-Lozada, to call for a system reform so that gender crime reports could be properly dealt with. We don't want to send a lot of people to jail, but if someone must go, then he should go, she said. The growing issue has sparked a wave of feminist protests across the South American nation, and now, contestants of the Miss Peru beauty pageant have spoken out. During a segment in which the women are usually required to announced their measurements (bust, waist, hip) to the audience, competitors instead used their moment on s...
Egyptian TV presenter Doaa Salah jailed after appearing to advocate unmarried sex
Africa world, ENGLISH

Egyptian TV presenter Doaa Salah jailed after appearing to advocate unmarried sex

    An Egyptian television presenter has been jailed for three years after she appeared to cast single motherhood in a positive light. On her show, Doaa Salah discussed ways of becoming pregnant outside a conventional husband-and-wife relationship. The presenter was charged with outraging public decency. Sex before or outside marriage is widely regarded as unacceptable in socially conservative Egypt. According to the BBC, Ms Salah discussed ways of becoming pregnant outside a conventional marriage on her show on Al-Nahar TV. She reportedly suggested a husband could be paid for a brief marriage, and also told her audience that sperm donation was accepted in Western countries but not in Egypt.
House prices going up 14% by 2022 across UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

House prices going up 14% by 2022 across UK

    House prices in the North West of England are forecast to surge at nearly double the rate of that in London over the next five years, according to a report. Between 2018 and 2022, house prices across Britain are projected by real estate adviser Savills to grow by 14.2%. Savills expects different pockets of Britain will see marked differences in house price growth over the period. Its projections range from an average 18% increase in the North West a home to the northern powerhouse to about 7% in London. House price growth: five year forecast (2018-22) (PA). The report said the North West region in particular has a robust economic outlook and strong employment growth. It said house prices in the North West are relatively modest compared with incomes, at around 5.6 times wag...
Iceland will except £1 coins until the year end
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Iceland will except £1 coins until the year end

    This supermarket will now accept your old £1 coins until New Year's Eve If you still find yourself coming across old £1 coins at home, then fear not, because Iceland has just announced that it will accept the old round pound coins until 31st December. The old coins ceased to be legal tender on 15 October 2017, but supermarket chain Iceland had already joined a handful of retailers including Poundland and Tesco in making the decision to continue accepting the coins, despite it going out of circulation. Initially, Iceland told customers they would be able to spend their old one pound coins until 31st October. And now that time has passed, the supermarket chain has issued a new statement, announcing that it will now accept the old coins for a further two months until the end ...
Putin and Trump may meet next week at APEC summit
America, ENGLISH

Putin and Trump may meet next week at APEC summit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump may meet next week at an APEC summit in Vietnam, the Kremlin said on Friday, saying talks were underway about setting up such an encounter. Putin and Trump first met at a G20 summit in Hamburg in July when they discussed allegations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election, but agreed to focus on better ties rather than litigating the past. Relations between Moscow and Washington have soured further since, however. Trump in August grudgingly signed off on new sanctions against Russia, a move Moscow said ended hopes for better ties. Putin, dismayed by the sanctions, ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff in Russia. But when asked if Putin and Trump might meet at an Asia-P...