Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims

Tunisian women have been campaigning for greater rights.

Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining “the freedom to choose one’s spouse”. Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof. Tunisia, ...

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Parsons Green: London Tube blast treated as terror incident


An explosion on a Tube train in south-west London is being treated as terrorism, Scotland Yard has said. Passengers were injured following the blast at 08:20 BST (07:20 GMT) at Parsons Green station. Pictures show a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, but do not appear to show extensive damage to the inside of the carriage. The Metropolitan ...

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North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan


North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such move in weeks. South Korea’s military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said his country would “never tolerate” such “dangerous provocative action”. “If North Korea continues to walk ...

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New evidence of Rohingya village burning


Rights group Amnesty International has released satellite images which it says show an “orchestrated campaign” to burn Rohingya villages in western Myanmar. Amnesty said this was evidence security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Some 389,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence ...

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Celebrations as Nigeria’s ‘Chibok girls’ reunited with families


More than 100 “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram have been reunited with their families and will soon return to school. Now young women, they were among 276 girls kidnapped by Islamist militants in 2014, and have spent months undergoing rehabilitation therapy. Women Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan says they are now “fully recovered”. They were handed over to their ...

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Thousands flee Ethiopia clashes


Thousands of people are fleeing Ethiopia’s Somali region following clashes in recent days. Eighteen people are confirmed dead following protests which erupted in towns in the east of the country, Adisu Arega, spokesperson of the Oromia regional government, told the BBC. He said 12 of the dead were ethnic Somalis while the remaining six were Oromos. The spokesman said that ...

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Man in China files false robbery report to avoid handing pay cheque to wife


A man’s plan to avoid handing over his pay cheque to his wife by filing a false police report backfired, after police saw through his ruse with the help of traffic camera footage. The man, surnamed Cai, lives in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. He was detained for 10 days and fined 500 yuan (S$103) for his act. According to ...

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Kuala Lumpur school fire kills students and teachers


At least 24 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning. The victims are thought to been trapped in their dormitory as the windows were barred with metal grills. “It is one of the ...

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India rape: Uncle did not father child’s baby – DNA test


Police in India have reopened the case of a 10-year-old girl after forensic tests revealed that her baby’s DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her. After the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort, she gave birth to a baby girl last month. The 10-year-old was not aware of her pregnancy. She ...

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Six dead at US nursing home hit by Irma


Six people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Three others died in hospital. ...

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