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A defence lawyer showed a 17-year-old girl's thong or G-string in court as alleged proof of her consent in a rape case, following which female lawmaker, Ruth Coppinger, brandished a lacy black underwear in parliament to protest that 'clothes are not consent'. Since then the campaign gained momentum with women posting pictures of their underwear to demand a change in rape laws.
A Chechen activist on Tuesday accused Russia's FSB security service of blocking attempts to bring back widows and children of Russian Islamic State fighters from Syria and Iraq. Since last year, around 100 women and children -- mostly from Russia's majority-Muslim Caucasus -- have returned under a program championed by Chechnya's powerful leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Dutch company Levola Hengelo, maker of a cheese spread called Heksenkaas (witches' cheese), took rival Smilde to court for making what it said was a copy of its product and hence infringed its copyright in the taste of the cheese. The Dutch court subsequently sought guidance from the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ).
The kilogram is about to change. Gathering in Versailles, west of Paris, governments are expected on Friday to approve plans to use a scientific formulation to define the exact mass of a kilo. Until now, its mass has been defined by a golf ball-sized metal cylinder locked in a vault in France. For more than a century, it has been the one true kg.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday voiced concern about Chinese as well as Russian medium-range missiles and urged Beijing to join an international nuclear arms control treaty."We see that China is investing heavily in new, modern weapons, including new missiles," Stoltenberg said on German ZDF public television, according to the German translation.