Wednesday, January 17, 2018

World

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Protests in Pakistan over inaction on rape and murder of girl, seven

Roads have been blocked and vehicles burned in the Pakistani city of Kasur as hundreds of people protested against police inaction in the case of a seven-year-old girl who was raped and murdered...

Bitcoin drops $2,000 in value as South Korea announces planned trading ban

The value of bitcoin plunged 13.5% in the early hours of Thursday after news hit that South Korea is planning to ban cryptocurrency trading. News of the ban follows the raiding of local cryptocurrency...

California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda

California prides itself on being first with progressive laws on climate change, labor rights and marijuana. In 2018, the Golden State’s “firsts” are defensive – bold proposals and legal maneuvers to protect citizens...

Drama out of crisis: how theatre and improv teach lessons in sexual consent

A man in police uniform walks into a bar and corners a sex worker. He offers her a choice between giving up her body or her money – but she has no money....

US 'do not travel' advisory puts five Mexican states on same level as Syria

The US state department has warned Americans to completely avoid five Mexican states plagued by crime and drug cartel violence, putting the regions on the same level as war-zones such as Syria, Yemen...

Refugee in 'medical emergency’ stranded on Nauru for more than a year

A refugee suffering an acute mental health crisis and a broken ankle that requires surgery has been waiting more than a year to be transferred from Australia’s offshore immigration centre on Nauru for...

Man accused of fatal Kansas 'swatting' hoax charged in Canada over similar call

A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax 911 call that led to a fatal police shooting in Kansas is now suspected of making a similar call days earlier in Canada. Police...

Father Mícheál Lynch obituary

My uncle, Father Mícheál Lynch, who has died aged 83, was an Irish-born Catholic parish priest who ministered in various parts of the English Midlands for more than 40 years, before retiring in...

Building boom in China's tropics as Beijing's 'smog refugees' flee toxic air

It was on 3 January last year, days after Beijing’s last major airpocalypse, that Ji Feng began to put into action his plan to escape one of the world’s most polluted cities. After more...

Lost language: how Macau gambled away its past

‘Nowadays, nobody speaks much Patuá. Only the old people speak Patuá,” declares 102-year-old Aida de Jesus as she sits across the table from her daughter inside Riquexo, the small Macanese restaurant that remarkably,...

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Boom or bust: what’s the truth about UK house prices?

Britain’s housing market has hit the buffers as political uncertainty, stamp duty changes and squeezed household incomes all dampen buyer demand. Over the past...