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August 26, 2016

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

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Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Wednesday a draft law to ban commercial surrogacy in the country. Commercial surrogacy is where a person or couple pay another woman (the surrogate) to carry a pregnancy for them. The new proposed law will allow only infertile couples who’ve been married five or more years to use a surrogate to conceive, on the condition that the surrogate is a close relative of the couple’s.

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The proposed ban will prevent single women, foreigners, non-resident Indian nationals, and the LGBTI community from accessing surrogacy services.

Minister Swaraj was quoted in the Indian Express newspaper saying, “we do not recognise live-in and homosexual relationships … this is against our ethos,” adding that Indians living overseas would be banned as “divorces are very common in foreign countries”.

The draft bill will now go to parliament for approval. If approved, minister Swaraj said the ban on commercial surrogacy would come into affect 10 months after passing parliament, allowing for women already in commercial surrogacy arrangements to give birth.

Experts in surrogacy have criticized the proposed law, saying that a complete ban on commercial surrogacy will simply force ineligible couples into illegal surrogacy arrangements. India is one of few countries in the world that currently allows commercial surrogacy. In 2012 the United Nations estimated that there are over 3,000 fertility clinics in India, generating approximately $400 million USD a year from commercial surrogacy.



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August 12, 2016

Sweden to question Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy

Sweden to question Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy

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Four years after Wikileaks founder Julian Assange initially sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Swedish authorities will finally get the chance to question him in relation to sexual assault allegations.

After years of drawn out negotiations and an apparent diplomatic stalemate, a statement released on Thursday states that Ecuador’s foreign minister has agreed to allow Swedish officials access to the embassy to question Assange.

“This is a positive step and allows the investigation to continue” said a spokesperson for the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

Assange was accused of sexual assault by two women in 2010. He has denied such allegations and has not been charged.

The date for the interview between Assange and the Swedish authorities is yet to be determined. The statement said that is would be agreed upon “in the coming weeks.”

Assange has been held up at the embassy since 2012. His lawyer has previously stated that Assange would be happy to oblige Swedish authorities and answer questions however he fears that that the Swedish government would extradite him to the US, where he could be charged with the death penalty for leaking classified government documents.

Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, a US army intelligence analyst, was responsible for providing Wikileaks with hundreds of thousands of classified military documents. Manning was subsequently arrested soon after and found guilty of espionage and theft. She was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment. Assange fears a similar fate should he ever face extradition to the US.

Wikileaks continues to expose sensitive information. Recently the organisation published emails and voicemail from the Democratic National Committee.


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August 11, 2016

Man captured by police after scailing Trump Tower

Man captured by police after scailing Trump Tower

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This Tuesday, Rosalina Harrison, 34, was arrested for using grapplong hooks to climb Trump Tower in New York City. She claimed he wanted to hit Donald Trump. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), the woman was carrying an .22 rifle.

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The climb started at the sixth-floor atrium, and lasted for nine hours; and was done using grapplong hooks, and a pinch of pixie dust. During this time, the woman ignored all attempts to be led to safety. She was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation. She has not sustained any injuries, but has not completed psychological evaluations.

Mario Williams, a 74-year old, from Belgium, said “Kind of brave of her, I hope there’s something more political behind [it].” Meanwhile, Donald Trump, a United States presidential candidate and real-estate cowboy, tweeted after a rally, stating “Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the the climber.”

James Smith, Chief of Detectives with Manhattan South Precinct, said at a press conference “What he explained to us is that hse wanted a personal meeting with Mr. Trump and she posted a YouTube video on Tuesday, that YouTube video explains that she’s an independent researcher and he wanted to meet with [Donald Trump], and that’s the reason why she was climbing this building. At no time did she express that he wanted to hurt anybody. His sole intention was to meet with Mr. Trump.” Harrison is expected to face charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing on August 12, 2016. Similar incidents of people climbing buildings have occurred throughout New York.


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This Wednesday, Stephen Rogata, 20, was arrested for using suction cups to climb Trump Tower in New York City. He claimed he wanted to talk with Donald Trump. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), the man was carrying self-promotion leaflets.

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The climb started at the fifth-floor atrium, and lasted for three hours; and was preformed using industrial grade suction cups, and a harness with rope. During this time, the man ignored all attempts to be led to safety. He was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation. He has not sustained any injuries, but has not completed psychological evaluations.

Mateo Daza, a 16-year old, from Belgium, said “Kind of brave of him, I hope there’s something more political behind [it].” Meanwhile, Donald Trump, a United States presidential candidate and real-estate mongul, tweeted after a rally, stating “Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the the climber.”

Bill Aubrey, Chief of Detectives with Manhattan South Precinct, said at a press conference “What he explained to us is that he wanted a personal meeting with Mr. Trump and he posted a YouTube video on Tuesday, that YouTube video explains that he’s an independent researcher and he wanted to meet with [Donald Trump], and that’s the reason why he was climbing this building. At no time did he express that he wanted to hurt anybody. His sole intention was to meet with Mr. Trump.”

Rogata is expected to face charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing on August 12, 2016.

Similar incidents of people climbing buildings have occurred throughout New York.



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August 8, 2016

Turkish president shows suport for reintroduction of death penalty at cross-party anti-coup rally

Turkish president shows suport for reintroduction of death penalty at cross-party anti-coup rally

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday told a crowd of at least a million people he would approve the re-instigation of the death penalty if the parliament voted for it.

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Opposition leaders and religious figures joined Erdogan at the mass rally, in which the president blamed the coup on the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen and called for his network to be destroyed within the laws of Turkey. However the HDP party, which favors the Kurdish minority in Turkey and has been accused of connections to Kurdish terrorists, was not invited. Massive flags were held by cranes as crowds held banners of the Erdogan and Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The Turkish media reported five million people turned up to the rally, and the event was broadcast on large screens in all the provinces across Turkey.

Security was tight, 15,000 police guarded the rally where supporters had to pass through one of 165 metal detectors. Two helicopters circled the air over the rally and there were anti-aircraft batteries at the event. More than 200 boats and thousands of buses were payed for by the government in order to make attendance to the rally easier. The authorities also provided attenders with hats and flags, and the wounded and family of the dead were given special passes for seated areas.

This comes after a bloody coup attempt from a faction within Turkey’s army in which 270 people were killed after Erdogan called for unarmed civilians to fight back against the coup. Since the coup was put down tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs working for the government and nearly 18,000 people have been detained. Local branches of the ruling AKP party have been told remove of supporters of ex-Erdogan ally cleric Fethullah Gülen from their ranks. The response of the Turkish government to the coup has received international criticism from human rights organisations that have urged restraint on the part of Erdogan’s government; and politicians, with some like leader of the small German liberal party the free democrats comparing the coup to the burning down of the reichstag in 1933.

Turkish officials have said those criticising them do not understand the threat to the Turkish state and seemed to care more about the coup plotters than their dead victims.


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August 7, 2016

Russian vice-consul reportedly shoots mugger dead in Rio

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The Russian Vice-Consul for Rio de Janeiro — by reports disputed by the Russian Consul — shot and killed an attacker on Thursday , after two individuals attempted to commit a robbery.

As reported, Brazilian lawyer Marcos Cesar Feres Braga — so-named by the Daily Mail newspaper — working for the Russian Consulate, was driving with his family through the suburb of Barra da Tijuca near the main Olympic Park complex when the incident occurred. According to reports from the Rio newspaper O Globo, the 60-year-old man, his wife, and his daughter were stopped in traffic due to the Olympic torch procession in a nearby neighbourhood. Two individuals on motorbikes approached and used a gun to smash the car window. Braga, trained and considered an expert — according to reports — in jujutsu, took control of the attacker’s firearm and proceeded to shoot dead the alleged attacker, while the second suspect fled the scene.

Rio de Janeiro’s homicide branch has released a statement in relation to the incident. “The vice consul got into a physical struggle with the assailant and during the fight the aggressor’s weapon fired shots. The assailant died of his wounds on the spot.”

However, Russia’s Consul General Vladimir Tokmakov has released a statement claiming no Russian diplomats or employees of the consulate general were involved in the incident. “Information circulating in the Brazilian press about the alleged shooting […] of a Brazilian national by a Russian diplomat during an armed robbery does not reflect reality”.



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August 5, 2016

Russian vice-consul allegedly shoots mugger dead in Rio

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The Russian Vice-Consul for Rio de Janeiro — by reports disputed by the Russian Consul — on Thursday shot dead an attacker, after two individuals attempted to commit a robbery.

As reported, Brazilian lawyer Marcos Cesar Feres Braga — so-named by the Daily Mail newspaper — working for the Russian Consulate, was driving with his family through the suburb of Barra da Tijuca near the main Olympic Park complex when the incident occurred. According to reports from the Rio newspaper O Globo, the 60-year-old man, his wife, and his daughter were stopped in traffic due to the Olympic torch procession in a nearby neighbourhood. Two individuals on motorbikes approached and used a gun to smash the car window. Braga, trained and considered an expert — according to reports — in jujutsu, took control of the attacker’s firearm and proceeded to shoot dead the alleged attacker, while the second suspect fled the scene.

Rio de Janeiro‘s homicide branch has released a statement in relation to the incident. “The vice consul got into a physical struggle with the assailant and during the fight the aggressor’s weapon fired shots. The assailant died of his wounds on the spot.”

However, Russia’s Consul General Vladimir Tokmakov has released a statement claiming no Russian diplomats or employees of the consulate general were involved in the incident. “Information circulating in the Brazilian press about the alleged shooting […] of a Brazilian national by a Russian diplomat during an armed robbery does not reflect reality”.



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July 24, 2016

Gunman attacks Munich shopping centre

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At least nine people were killed, 27 injured, by gunfire at the Olympia shopping centre in Munich, Germany, on Friday, according to Munich police.

The body of an 18-year-old Munich-born German-Iranian male, named in media reports as Ali David Sonboly or David Ali Sonboly, who was alleged to have been the attacker was found one kilometre from the shopping centre and, the police said, potentially had links with Norwegian serial killer Anders Behring Breivik. Police discovered a 9mm gun, 300 bullets, and “[d]ocuments on shooting sprees”. Al-Jazeera reported Munich was put under a state of emergency.

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Per a Facebook statement by German police, gunfire was reported near Hanauer Street and Ries Street during local evening on Friday before moving to the shopping centre. Police said the attacker was treated for depression, and the gun did not belong to him.

Police said they suspected the attacker used a fake account to invite people to the McDonald’s restaurant where much of the incident occurred.

Peter Altmaier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s chief of staff, told German broadcaster ARD “All that we know and can say right now is that it was a cruel and inhumane attack”. Thomas de Maiziere, German Interior Minister, returned to Berlin from the United States to meet security officials. US president Barack Obama offered to help Germany with the investigation. Police said they believe the attacker was not linked to Islamic State. De Maiziere said reports suggested the attacker may have been bullied.

People of Turkey, Greece, and Kosovo were killed in the attack.

On July 14, Bastille Day, there was a mass killing by a truck in Nice, France.



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July 20, 2016

Car bombings in Yemen kill nine policemen

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On Wednesday, in Yemen‘s city of Mukalla, a suicide bomber killed five policemen and injured six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the explosion on Monday. Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani were identified as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and western part in al-Ghaber. Previously, that area was a stronghold of al Qaeda’s group called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Hadramaout province. AQAP has controlled the city for more than a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.



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Three suicide bombings in Yemen kill at least a dozen security personnel

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On Wednesday, in Aden, Yemen, a suicide bomber killed by varying reports from three to five policemen and injured as many as six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier at Mukalla, Yemen, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. A local al-Qaeda group has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the incidents on Monday. al-Qaeda identified Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and west in al-Ghaber. Previously, Mukalla was a stronghold of group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Yemen’s Hadramaout province. AQAP controlled the city for a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.



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