Former Muslim Women in Malaysia Lose Appeal to Leave Islam – Here’s What Happens Next

SARAWAK, Malaysia –  Crowds gathered on Tuesday outside the Supreme Court building in Kuching, Sarawak, to await a ruling that could potentially change the way the government views apostates. Four Malays requested that the court officially recognize their conversion out of Islam.  The first appellant, former Muslim Syarifah Nooraffyzza, had voluntarily and without compulsion left […]

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf defends immigration raid tip-off

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mayor Libby Schaaf says she is part of the “resistance” against Mr Trump’s policies Federal agents say a California mayor’s “irresponsible” tip-off about an immigration raid allowed more than 800 “criminal aliens” to evade capture. Oakland leader Libby Schaaf has defended her warning the public about the immigration agents’ […]

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Rwanda closes ‘700 unsafe, noisy churches’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The vast majority of Rwandans are Christians but many also follow traditional practices About 700 churches have been closed down in Rwanda for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution. Most of them are small Pentecostal churches. One mosque was also closed. A government official told the […]

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Icelandic first lady’s charity shop chic

Icelandic first lady’s charity shop chic By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Eliza Reid Image caption Ms Reid was wearing black to support the #MeToo anti-harassment campaign Iceland’s first lady raised eyebrows at a recent film awards gala not just for her black outfit showing solidarity with the #MeToo anti-harassment […]

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Slovakia grapples with murdered journalist’s last story

Image caption Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were found dead in their home on Sunday The headline reads: “Italian Mafia In Slovakia; Its Tentacles Reach As Far As Politics”. It sits at the top of Jan Kuciak’s final, unfinished article, published at midnight not just on his own news site – actuality.sk – but, symbolically, […]

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Ryan Seacrest: US TV host rejects harassment allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ryan Seacrest is one of America’s best-known TV and radio hosts US TV host Ryan Seacrest has hit back at allegations of sexual harassment after his accuser went public. Suzie Hardy alleged Seacrest harassed her for six years, starting in 2007, while she worked with him at E! News. The […]

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Violation: UN Says North Korea Helping Syria Create Chemical Weapons

The Syrian government is suspected of using chemical weapons nearly 200 times over the course of the country’s seven-year civil war. Since the start, there have been suspicions that North Korea was providing both equipment and expertise. Now, the United Nations has some pretty substantial proof. In a 200 page report obtained by The New […]

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Trump Nobel Peace Prize nomination probed amid fakery concerns

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Trump was reportedly nominated for his “ideology of peace by force” by an anonymous American A nomination made for US President Donald Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize was potentially fraudulent, according to the awarding committee. The Norwegian committee has filed a report with police over its concerns. […]

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Russia’s Olympic membership is ‘restored’, country says

Russia’s Olympic membership has been “fully restored” following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018, the country’s Olympic Committee (ROC) says. Russia was banned from February’s Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over state-sponsored doping. Before Sunday’s closing ceremony in South Korea, the IOC had said the ban would be lifted, so long as there were […]

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