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Hoda Muthana: Trump bars IS woman from US return

US President Donald Trump says a woman who left the US to become a propagandist for the Islamic State (IS) group will not be allowed to return. On Twitter, he said he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the country”. Mr Pompeo had earlier stated that the…

78 die in Bangladeshi fire

A fast-moving fire killed at least 78 when it swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The blaze broke out on Wednesday night in a residential building that had flammable chemicals stored on one floor. It then quickly spread to nearby buildings. Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the…

Pope confronts alleged sex abuses, invites 100 bishops for talks

Never in the history of the Roman Catholic Church has a pope ordered bishops from around the world to come together and consider how many priests abuse children sexually and how many church officials cover for the abusers. The scandal of clergy sex abuse has deep roots in church history, but church leaders have been…

80 graves vandalised in Jewish cemetery

Eighty graves have been daubed with swastikas at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said, hours ahead of nationwide marches on Tuesday against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks. The damage was discovered on Tuesday morning at a cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region,…

Vatican defrocks top US cardinal McCarrick over alleged sexual abuses

Pope Francis has defrocked a former cardinal in a first for the Catholic Church over accusations American Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago, a Vatican statement said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, who resigned from the Vatican’s College of Cardinals in July, is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse. He…

Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament. A series of amendments – designed to change the direction of Brexit – will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure. But…

Guaido vows to bring aid into Venezuela

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has told tens of thousands of his supporters that humanitarian aid will be brought in, despite opposition from President Nicolás Maduro. He also told a rally in Caracas that “the usurper [Maduro] has to leave”. Mr Maduro earlier told the BBC he would not allow aid in as it was…

Two months after, princess of UAE still incommunicado

In December, a report in Women in the World brought you the troubling story of Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the UAE princess whose attempt to escape a culture where “women are treated as subhumans” was thwarted when she was reportedly snatched off a yacht 50 miles from the coast of India.  Two months on, her…

Cameroun Govt. to create 500,000 jobs for youths in 2019

President Paul Biya of Cameroun says the government plans to create 500,000 jobs for young people in 2019. “The government will pursue the operationalisation of a forward planning job management system,” Biya said in a televised message geared toward the younger generation. “Access to vocational training will be improved by diversifying sectors and increasing training…

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