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Pakistan senators reject raising marriage age as ‘un-Islamic’

Pakistan senators reject raising marriage age as ‘un-Islamic’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani senators have rejected a bid to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 16 to 18, a senator told AFP, declaring it “un-Islamic” in a decision condemned by human rights activists. The senate body tasked with examining the amendment decided against it unanimously earlier this week, government senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi told AFP […]

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

[…]“Using the institutions of the state that they control — primarily the judiciary — they are sending a message to Rouhani and his supporters that they are in control of the political system,” Hashemi said. “And that they will oppose his attempts to engage with the Western world and promote more freedoms at home.” […]

Hong Kong. O abraço do regime

Hong Kong. O abraço do regime

[…]À medida que a economia da península perde importância quanto ao poderoso motor continental, o princípio de «um país, dois sistemas» mostra-se cada vez mais frágil.[…]

UK – “Deport first, appeal later”

UK – “Deport first, appeal later”

Ruling likely to ‘very heavily limit, if not entirely curtail’ use of ‘deport first, appeal later’ power. 

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

When your house is burning and smack in the path of a Category 5 hurricane, it’s probably not the best time to tear down the frame and jackhammer the foundation.

Chad’s ex-leader gets life in prison for atrocities

Chad’s ex-leader gets life in prison for atrocities

Former Chad president Hissene Habre, an ally of the West during the Cold War, was convicted on Monday of war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his eight-year rule. The verdict capped a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former […]

Poland gets official warning from EU

Poland gets official warning from EU

The EU executive has given Poland an official warning that changes to its constitutional court endanger the rule of law, in an unprecedented decision that could lead to sanctions against the country. Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European commission, said he had written to the Polish government warning that recent alterations to the workings […]