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Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work, say Indian officials

MUMBAI, May 1(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Girls are being trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off, said officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Researchers are conducting the state’s first survey into links between child marriage and slavery, according to Vijaya …

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Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges alleging he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago, a magistrate ruled Tuesday. Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed around half the charges that had …

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Workers in Philippines, elsewhere rally to mark May Day

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of workers and activists marched to the Philippines’ presidential palace on Tuesday to demand the government address labor issues, as workers in the Southeast Asian country and elsewhere marked May Day. In Manila, about 5,000 people from various groups held a rally near Malacanang Palace …

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Myanmar military assures U.N of “harsh” action on sexual assault

SITTWE, Myanmar, May 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military has assured the United Nations of “harsh” action against perpetrators of sexual violence, state media reported on Tuesday, as U.N. envoys travelled to Rakhine State where the military conducted a widely criticised crackdown. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Rakhine State to …

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May picks Javid interior min after Rudd ‘resigns’

‘Brexit talks at risk over Ireland issue’ LONDON, April 30, (Agencies): British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a new interior minister on Monday charged with clearing up a scandal over moves to deport elderly legal immigrants that has rocked her government. May named Sajid Javid to replace Amber Rudd, who …

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‘Narco officials’ named – A hit list: rights campaigner

MANILA, April 30, (AFP): The Philippines on Monday released the names of over 200 local elected officials with alleged links to drugs, rejecting concerns it amounted to a “hit list” in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly narcotics crackdown. The names were made public on Duterte’s orders two weeks ahead of local …

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No ‘deal-cheat’ in Bibi’s big reveal

IRAN LIES, ARCHIVES N-ARMS BID IN ISRAEL SHOW-AND-TELL TEL AVIV, April 30, (Agencies): Israel presented on Monday what it said was evidence that Iran had continued gathering nuclear knowledge after signing a 2015 agreement with world powers to curb it, calling on Washington to jettison the agreement. “Iran’s leaders repeatedly …

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Double Kabul suicide bombings kill 21, including journalists

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing 21 people, including an AFP photographer and a cameraman for a local TV station, Afghan officials said. Also, at least 27 people were wounded, according to Wahid Majroh, the public health ministry’s spokesman who …

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Syria monitors: Missile attack kills 26, mostly Iranians

BEIRUT (AP) — An overnight missile attack in Syria’s northern region has killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, a Syria war monitoring group said Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack appears to have been carried out by Israel and targeted an arms depot for surface-to-surface …

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‘Scheme means Taj Mahal privatisation’ – ‘Adopt a Heritage’ slammed

NEW DELHI, April 29, (AFP): Heritage activists Sunday accused the Indian government of trying to privatise historic relics such as the Taj Mahal after it launched a controversial scheme allowing companies to “adopt” dozens of monuments. Opposition politicians accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of “leasing out” monuments under the …

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