Protests in Ireland after thong underwear cited as sign of consent in rape trial

Protests broke out in Dublin to support sexual violence victims. (Getty Images) Protests erupted in Ireland this week after thong underwear was cited as a sign of consent in a rape trial. On Saturday, a 27-year-old man was unanimously found not guilty by a jury of raping a 17-year-old woman, NPR reported. The decision sparked […]

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Report: US-led airstrikes kill 40 in IS-held area of Syria

BEIRUT – At least 40 people, mostly women and children, were killed Saturday by U.S.-led airstrikes on the last pocket held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a war monitor and Syrian state media reported. The coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It maintains that it does all it can […]

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Experts weigh the record of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal

BANGKOK – After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group’s heinous actions. Was it worth it? These kinds of proceedings don’t run cheap. […]

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Argentina: Submarine found sunk year after disappearing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s navy announced early Saturday that searchers had found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard. The vessel was detected 800 meters (2,625 feet) deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, the statement said. The navy […]

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UN committee condemns rights violations against Rohingya

UNITED NATIONS – A key U.N. committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning the continuing “gross human rights violations and abuses” against Rohingya Muslims who are treated as outsiders in Myanmar and were victims of a brutal campaign by the country’s military. The General Assembly’s human rights committee approved the resolution by a vote […]

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Colombia president snagged by protests, congressional revolt

BOGOTA, Colombia – Ivan Duque was sworn in as Colombia’s president in August after an easy election victory in which he promised to boost the sluggish economy by decreasing corporate taxes, while bringing order to rural areas that have long been plagued by drug trafficking and violence between armed groups. But as he completes his […]

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As migrant caravan reaches Tijuana, overwhelmed city asks Mexican government for $4 million

TIJUANA – Tijuana has asked the Mexican federal government for $4 million so the city could accommodate thousands of migrants who part of a caravan that for the past month has been making its way to the border. Almost 2,000 members of the migrant caravan have already descended on this border city – about 5,000 […]

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Mufasa the white lion’s legal battle heats up as sanctuary fears rare animal will be auctioned off to hunters

Mufasa, the three-year-old white lion, is currently in custody of the Rustenburg Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Its lawyer, in an online petition that has garnered more than 200,000 signatures, wrote that only 300 of his kind are left in the world, 13 of which exist in the wild. (YouTube) A South African wildlife sanctuary is gearing […]

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Report: Russia has access to UK visa processing

MOSCOW – Investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider are suggesting that Russian intelligence has infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company that processes British visa applications. The investigation, published Friday, aims to show how two suspected Russian military intelligence agents, who have been charged with poisoning a former Russian spy in the English […]

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