Destroy ‘period huts’ or forget state support: Nepal moves to end practice

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After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of change Chhaupadi, the practice of banishing girls and women to a hut or shed when they have their periods, is common in Dilu Bhandari’s village in Nepal. But two months ago Bhandari, a […]

PM's pledge to help native species was about cutting red tape for farm chemicals, his office says

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‘Priority’ bill has ‘stuff-all to do with native species’, the Wilderness Society says Scott Morrison has elevated an obscure agricultural chemicals bill to one of the top two legislative priorities for the Coalition in 2019, according to his office. Speaking to ABC News Breakfast on Monday, the prime minister cited “environmental legislation … [that] is […]

Thailand: biggest democracy protests in years held as military junta delays elections

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Demonstrators gather in cities across country as military government looks set to push back voting for a fifth time Tensions continue to mount in Thailand as the ruling military junta has signalled that the long postponed elections will be delayed yet again, the fifth delay in less than five years. On Sunday, in one of […]

Stephen Fry and PEN urge UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor ahead of book festival

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In a letter to the Guardian, authors and activists draw attention to plight of jailed human rights activist Stephen Fry is among a range of signatories, including British MPs and campaign groups, to a letter calling for the release of jailed Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor. The letter to the Guardian comes as a […]

What would make a woman go back to Boko Haram? Despair | Azadeh Moaveni

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In northeastern Nigeria, the militant group exploits a broken social system. There are lessons here for the rest of the world Zahra and Amina seem like lucky survivors of the scourge of northeastern Nigeria, the jihadist movement known as Boko Haram. Both were wives of fighters. Zahra escaped by agreeing to detonate an explosive vest […]

Trump says he will 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Kurds

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President tweets blunt warning over Syria troop pullout, drawing a swift response from Ankara Donald Trump has warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to “provoke” Ankara. “Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump […]