Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 30, 2017

… “unequivocal,” says Marjorie Newman-Williams, Marie Stopes’ vice president and director of international operations, that doing so would expose women to increased potential dangers. According to the latest WHO data, 21.6 million women annually are so desperate that they gamble with the risk of life-threatening injuries or even death to have unsafe abortions. Every year 47,000 women die from complications. “Agreeing to the Mexico City Policy would mean accepting their fate …

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Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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Bride of ISIS: From ‘happily ever after’ to hell

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Islam and Ahmed met online, looking for their “happily ever after” through a Muslim dating site. Fast forward four years — and three husbands – and she and her two small children are caught in limbo in northern Syria. Islam Mitat is from Morocco; Ahmed Khalil was originally from Kabul in Afghanistan, but had moved to the UK and become a British citizen by the time they met on Muslima.com. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More …

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Fresno hate crime suspect describes anger toward white men

April 25, 2017

(CNN)A black man accused of fatally shooting three white men in what police are calling a hate crime said that he “snapped” after thinking “about all the injustice and the atrocities that my people go through.” Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, allegedly shot at the men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18. At the time, Muhammad was already wanted by police in the fatal shooting of Carl Williams, a 25-year-old unarmed security guard, on April 13, police said. …

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Rebuilding a Nepali village, one block at a time

April 25, 2017

… organization is Conscious Impact, a small nonprofit working to rebuild Takure, a low-income, farming village in the Sindhupalchowk District, about 30 miles northeast of Kathmandu. Chitra Kumari, the president of a women’s cooperative in Nawalpur, another village in Sindhupalchok District near Takure, said those fortunate enough to escape death found themselves immersed in “personal loss, economic loss, and social chaos.” She says all the training Nepali people …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… National Front party and the frontrunner in the first round of voting. She’s also controversial, mainly because of her party’s history of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. She’s tried to soften the party’s image — to middling success. In April, for instance, she said France was not responsible for the wartime roundup of Jews who were sent to Nazi death camps. That didn’t go over well. What she wants: She wants France out of both the EU and NATO. She wants to …

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Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

April 20, 2017

… and politics. Following the death of his first-born son in a car accident, Hafez groomed his second son, Bashar al-Assad, to be his heir apparent. Bashar took over in 2000 after Hafez’s death. The North Korean dictatorial dynasty goes back a little further than Syria’s. With the help of the Soviet Union, Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the Kim dynasty also known as “The Eternal President,” became the first premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in …

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Guitarist J. Geils found dead in his Massachusetts home

April 12, 2017

(CNN)John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist and founder of the eponymous J. Geils Band, has died, police in Groton, Massachusetts, said. Police came to Geils’ home for a well-being check, police Chief Donald Palma said. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene. Police are investigating the death as a standard procedure. Foul play was not suspected and a preliminary investigation suggests Geils died of natural causes, Palma said. …

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China’s deadly secret: More executions than all other countries put together

April 11, 2017

… streets in quest for justice Reform? Over the past decade, spurred on by domestic outrage over wrongful executions and embarrassed by international condemnation, the Chinese government embarked on a course of reforms of the death penalty system, under the less than reassuring banner of “killing fewer, killing cautiously.” The most emblematic reform under this policy was to mandate from 2007 onward that all death sentences handed out by lower courts be reviewed and …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… just rich men’s houses that Thomson built. Image caption Great Western Terrace was completed after Thomson’s death He also designed tenements such as Walmer Crescent, which is now next to Cessnock underground station, south of the river, and Great Western Terrace in the west end. In 1861, Thomson moved his family to Moray Place, a beautiful terrace in the Southside suburb of Strathbungo, that he designed himself. Image caption Thomson’s Grecian Chambers are today …

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Peter Taylor: How has terror changed in 50 years? – BBC News

March 31, 2017

… would profoundly disagree. Tebbit is excoriating in his condemnation of Martin McGuinness and furious at the media hagiography that he believes followed McGuinness’s death. Peace eventually came to Northern Ireland, but other conflicts have proved more intractable. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attack on the embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam brought notoriety to al-Qaeda The threats went far beyond the next decade. In 1998, al-Qaeda suicide truck bombs …

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