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Texas man charged with trying to blow up Confederate statue

Authorities in Houston charged a 25-year-old man on Monday with trying to blow up a Confederate statue, federal prosecutors said, following demonstrations and fierce debate in the United States about race and the legacy of America’s Civil War. Word of the arrest of Andrew Schneck

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China begins trial of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

A prominent former Chinese rights lawyer on trial for subverting state power on Tuesday said overseas workshops inspired him to try to overthrow China’s political system, in what his wife and activists said was a show trial designed to discredit him. Jiang Tianyong, 64, who

Myanmar parliament amends speech-restricting telecommunications law

Myanmar’s parliament amended the 2013 Telecommunications Law [text, PDF] on Friday amidst growing concerns regarding the freedom of expression. The new law permits [Reuters report] judges to release people on bail, allows only those directly affected, or with permission from those directly affected, by the offense to press charges,

Chile court allows abortion in special cases

Chile’s Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday approved legislation that would legalize abortion in certain circumstances. The bill, approved  by the Chilean Congress [official website, in Spanish] earlier this month, would allow pre-viability abortions, abortions in instances when the pregnancy resulted from a rape, and when the pregnancy

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HC gives protection to girl after threat from radicals

The Kerala High Court has directed the state police chief to provide protection to a 24-year-old girl and family after they complained about being threatened by some radical outfits. According to sources, Sruthi from Kannur was in a relationship with her college friend Aneez. The

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HC quashes debarring of student over tearing answer sheet

The Bombay high court (HC) recently rapped the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education for wrongly debarring a 16-year-old for “tearing and destroying two pages of her answer sheet of Marathi language paper”. “We find this is a clear case of perversity,”

Special committee formed to finalise Delhi’s parking policy

The Delhi government has constituted a special committee to finalise Delhi’s parking policy. The panel will be headed by Om Prakash Agarwal, an expert in urban mobility and CEO of World Resources Institute (WRI), India, and will have four other members. “The special committee will analyse