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24/05/2019

Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

A majority in Brazil's supreme court has voted to make homophobia and transphobia crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country's far-right president will roll back LGBT social gains. Six of the Supreme Federal Tribunal's 11 judges have voted in favor of the measure. The five other judges will vote in a court session on June 5, but the result will not be modified. The measure will take effect after all the justices have voted. Racism was made a crime in Brazil in 1989 with prison sentences of up to five years. The court's judges ruled that homophobia...
24/05/2019

Mexican congress approves safeguards for new National Guard

Mexico's Congress approved a series of safeguards Thursday intended to prevent abuses under the country's new militarized police force known as the National Guard. Critics worry the National Guard may transfer military practices to the subtleties of police work including rules of procedure, evidence and engagement. The four new laws approved in the lower house set out specific guidelines on the use of force and respect for human rights. The laws also mandate the creation of a national registry of people arrested and detained, which will allow relatives or lawyers to find them more quickly. Mexico has long had a...
24/05/2019

Suspect found guilty in police officer's 2010 shooting death

A man who bragged about killing an off-duty Chicago police officer during an armed robbery was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. Antwon Carter, flanked by sheriff's deputies, shuffled calmly out of Cook County Circuit Court after he was convicted of the 2010 murder of Officer Michael Bailey. Bailey, 62, was wiping down an automobile he purchased ahead of a planned retirement, when he was shot three times during a shootout with Carter. Bailey was wearing a baseball jersey over his uniform at the time. He had just finished a shift on then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's security detail. In...

24/05/2019

Pregnant woman won't be deported immediately to Mexico

U.S. immigration officials have told a pregnant Mexican woman who had taken sanctuary inside a Chicago church that she can stay in the United States until after the baby is born. Adilene Marquina had been told by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that she could be deported this week. But the Chicago Tribune says she was told on Thursday she will not have to leave immediately and should report to ICE on Oct. 23. Marquina is staying in the Faith, Life and Hope Mission. ICE has a policy against making arrests in places of worship. She fled to the U.S....
24/05/2019

"Fake" Nancy Pelosi Clips, Slowed To Make Her Appear Drunk, Spread Online

Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation that clouds public understanding can now spread at the speed of the Web.The video of Pelosi's onstage speech Wednesday at a Center for American Progress event, in which she said President Trump's refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations was tantamount to a "coverup," was subtly edited to make her voice sound garbled and warped. It was then circulated widely across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.One version, posted by the conservative Facebook...
24/05/2019

Trump Tried To Stop Early Release Of "American Taliban" From US Prison

Washington: John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, was freed early from federal prison on Thursday after serving 17 years amid concerns he might still harbor extremist views.US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he had asked government lawyers whether the release could be stopped but said nothing could be done."What bothers me more than anything else is that here's a man who has not given up his proclamation of terror, and we have to let him out. Am I happy about it? Not even a little bit," Trump...

24/05/2019

Trump Crying For Impeachment, Democrats Not On That Path: Nancy Pelosi

Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed Thursday that President Trump wants to be impeached and is upset that House Democrats are not rushing in that direction now, as tensions continued to mount between the White House and her party."The White House is just crying out for impeachment," Pelosi said at a news conference. "That's why he flipped yesterday." She referred to Trump's abrupt exit from a White House meeting Wednesday with Democratic leaders on the nation's infrastructure.Speaking to a closed-door meeting of top House Democrats earlier Thursday, Pelosi speculated that Trump thinks he would benefit politically from being impeached...
24/05/2019

Modi secures a second five-year term with landslide win in Indian elections

NEW DELHI: India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday scored a landslide election victory, increasing its seats in Parliament after a bitter and divisive campaign. The results amount to a massive blow for the 133-year-old Congress Party, which dominated India’s political life for more than 50 years after the country gained independence in 1947. Narendra Modi has made history by becoming India’s first prime minister in the last 40 years to be re-elected with a parliamentary majority. The BJP on its own is expected to have a little over 300 seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house), more than...
24/05/2019

Pakistani prime minister to attend OIC summit in Makkah

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will be in Saudi Arabia on May 27-28 for ministerial meetings ahead of the Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Foreign Office said on Thursday, paving the way for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s trip to the Kingdom to attend the summit on May 31. Saudi Arabia will host the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit in Makkah on May 31, chaired by King Salman. The summit, according to the Saudi Press Agency, is titled “Makkah Summit: Together for the Future” and aims to develop a unified stance on...

24/05/2019

Taiwan Holds First Gay Marriages In Historic Day For Asia

Taipei: Taiwan made history on Friday with Asia's first legal gay weddings as same-sex couples tied the knot in jubilant and emotional scenes, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality.The weddings, which came a week after lawmakers took the unprecedented decision to legalise gay marriage despite staunch conservative opposition, places Taiwan at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia.Some dozen couples were among the first to arrive at a government office in downtown Taipei to legally register their relationships as marriages.They embraced and kissed in front of the gathered press before proudly holding aloft their wedding...
24/05/2019

The Latest: Survivor of executed serial killer at peace now

The Latest on the execution of Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long (all times local): 8:30 p.m. A woman who survived an assault by convicted Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long says his execution brought her peace. Lisa Noland sat in the front row at Thursday's execution of the 65-year-old inmate at Florida State Prison. She says she wanted to look him in the eye but he kept them closed. "I wanted to be the first person he saw. Unfortunately, he didn't open his eyes," Noland said. She began to cry after leaving once it was over. Says Noland, "The...
24/05/2019

EPA taking 1st big steps to clean up leaking Colorado mines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take the first major steps this summer to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines at a Superfund site in southwestern Colorado, officials said Thursday. The work includes dredging contaminated sediment from streams and ponds, diverting water away from tainted mine waste piles and covering contaminated soil at campgrounds. The agency first outlined the plan last June and finalized it Thursday. This summer's work is aimed at reducing the volume of toxic heavy metals that escape from mining sites and into rivers while the EPA searches for a more comprehensive solution under...