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Indian woman uses Facebook to annul her underage marriage

A young Indian woman has proved in court she was illegally married off as a minor after submitting evidence from her husband s Facebook page, a child rights activist said Thursday. Sushila Bishnoi, 19, appealed to a court in Rajasthan state to dissolve her underage marriage, an illegal but rife tradition in many parts of rural India. But her husband …

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British Pakistanis more likely to be jobless claims UK ‘race audit’

UK government recently released a report that has laid bare the extent of racial disparity existing in the country. The study was conducted right after Britons voted to exit European Union amid the rise of hate crimes and racism against minorities within the country, according to Al Jazeera. Fewer minorities in work The report showed that out of 65 million …

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Raise sons to be feminists like daughters, says Canada’s Trudeau

Boys need to be raised to be feminists as much as girls because “our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote in an essay published on Wednesday. He said teaching boys to be feminists gives them a sense of justice and empathy and helps them “escape the pressure …

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School – a rare sanctuary for traumatised Rohingya children

Hollow-eyed and detached, 11-year-old Rohingya refugee Sayed Nul betrays little emotion as he recounts why his family fled Myanmar: “The Rakhine Buddhists burned my house. Killed people with bullets. And raped the women.” For the aid workers in Bangladesh dealing with the current exodus of Rohingya escaping sectarian violence of Myanmar s Rakhine state, it is a familiar and upsetting …

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Bangladesh bans three charities from giving Rohingya aid

Bangladesh has banned three Islamic charities from working with Rohingya refugees, a lawmaker said Thursday, amid concerns displaced Muslims in camps along its border could be radicalized. Mahjabeen Khaled, an MP from the ruling Awami League, said the international charities Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief, and Bangladesh-based Allama Fazlullah Foundation, had been blacklisted from the Rohingya refugee camps in southernmost …

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Gaza Instagram stars want world to get the picture

– They may not be able to leave Gaza without Israeli or Egyptian permission, but their photos can. The two women are among a small number of Instagram stars in the blockaded Palestinian enclave, showing followers a different side of their homeland from what much of the world may be used to hearing or seeing. “I see Instagram as a …

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Rabat restaurant challenges exclusion of mentally disabled

– In a country where nearly half of people with mental disabilities are unemployed, one restaurant in the Moroccan capital is part of a pilot project tackling the problem. When a customer enters the Hadaf restaurant in the capital s business district, nothing indicates that many of the staff are disabled in any way. Take Amr, an enthusiastic 28-year-old in …

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India’s top court says sex with child is always rape

Sex with a minor amounts to rape even if the couple are married, India s top court ruled on Wednesday, closing a legal loophole that had allowed some perpetrators to escape punishment. The age of consent and thus the legal age for girls to marry in India is 18, but millions of children are made to do so when they …

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In Pictures: Wildfires hit California

– As a result of the deadly wildfires that hit Northern California earlier this week, at least 15 people have been killed and more than 1,500 structures have been destroyed. The fires have burned more than 100,000 acres, forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 people and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses, according to the authorities. California Governor Jerry …

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Army in ‘systematic’ bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

– Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday. “Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning to …

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