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  • India's top court rules adultery no longer a crime

    27 September 2018 2:43 PM 25

    India's top court on Thursday ruled that adultery is no longer a crime, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offence with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women. The more than century-old law prescribed that any man who slept with a married woman without her husband's permission had committed adultery, a crime carrying

  • People line streets of Vietnam's capital to mourn president

    27 September 2018 8:35 AM 25

    Thousands of people are lining the streets of Hanoi to pay their last respects to Vietnam's late President Tran Dai Quang. Many were using smart phones to catch glimpses of his flag-draped coffin as it passed by on a truck-drawn artillery carriage. Quang died last week at age 61 with what a government doctor said was a rare viral illness. In a eulogy

  • 'Entirely possible' to be a mum and a leader: New Zealand PM on bringing baby to UN

    27 September 2018 6:33 AM 24

    Jacinda Ardern knows all about juggling her role as a mother with the requirements of her job. The prime minister of New Zealand has brought her infant daughter to the United Nations' annual gathering of world leaders. Mother and daughter have been spotted together inside the assembly hall. She says she's a breastfeeding mother and needs to keep her daughter

  • Man who lost hand in sausage-making ordeal cut off own arm

    26 September 2018 7:23 PM 32

    A North Dakota man who lost a hand while making sausage says he was forced to cut off his arm above the wrist with a butcher knife when it became stuck in an electric meat mixer. In his first public comments since the Aug. 17 accident, Myron Schlafman says he knew he "was in big trouble" when he accidentally stepped on a pedal activating the machine

  • Pope says Church's 'conscience' about abuse has evolved

    26 September 2018 1:01 PM 24

    The way the Church views sexual abuse has evolved, just as it has in wider society, the pope said on Tuesday, adding events in the past should not be judged with today's eyes. "It's true that the Church is accused, we all know it, we know the statistics," the pope said in the plane bringing him back from a visit to the Baltic states. "I understand that young

  • 3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

    24 September 2018 9:23 AM 29

    Authorities say the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns is back in the US after being arrested in Taiwan. The US Marshals Service says 30-year-old Cody Wilson was booked into Harris County Jail in Houston early Sunday. He is being held on $150,000 bond and it isn't clear if he has an attorney yet. Wilson is accused

  • Maldives opposition leader wins upset poll victory

    23 September 2018 7:44 PM 39

    Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won an upset victory in the Maldives' presidential election on Sunday, official results showed, after a controversial campaign observers said was rigged in favour of strongman President Abdulla Yameen. The opposition candidate had an unassailable lead of 34 000 votes over Yameen with just 27 000 votes to be declared late on Sunday

  • German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

    23 September 2018 12:03 PM 37

    Berlin — The leaders of German chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition are trying to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief and stabilise their six-month-old alliance. A deal last week to remove Hans-Georg Maassen as head of the BfV spy agency but give him a new job as a deputy interior minister — technically

  • Swiss-flagged cargo ship attacked off Nigeria, 12 kidnapped

    23 September 2018 11:37 AM 80

    Berlin — A Swiss shipping company says that a bulk carrier has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria's coast and 12 of its 19 crew members have been kidnapped. Geneva-based Massoel Shipping said the MV Glarus was attacked early on Saturday as it sailed from Lagos to Port Harcourt with a load of wheat. It said in a statement emailed on Sunday that the pirates

  • Pope to honor victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

    23 September 2018 8:30 AM 32

    Kounas — Pope Francis is paying tribute to the Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. Francis began his second day in the Baltics by travelling to Lithuania's second city, Kounas, where an estimated 3 000 Jews survived