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    Ireland: Lawyer displays teen’s thongs in rape case, #ThisIsNotConsent campaign goes viral

    Ireland: Lawyer displays teen’s thongs in rape case, #ThisIsNotConsent campaign goes viral


    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...

    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.
    French PM says risk of no-deal Brexit 'still on the table'

    French PM says risk of no-deal Brexit 'still on the table'


    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe comments came as British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to sell her Brexit deal to parliament in the wake of the resignation of four ministers, including Brexit secretary Dominic...

    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe comments came as British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to sell her Brexit deal to parliament in the wake of the resignation of four ministers, including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.
    European court says Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was a political prisoner

    European court says Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was a political prisoner


    The court, based in Strasbourg, said Navalny had been subject to seven such arrests in 2012 and in 2014 and that at least two of those arrests had been designed to suppress political...

    The court, based in Strasbourg, said Navalny had been subject to seven such arrests in 2012 and in 2014 and that at least two of those arrests had been designed to suppress political pluralism.
    France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency'

    France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency'


    Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: `Common decency' would have been...

    Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: `Common decency' would have been appropriate."
    Pope Francis warns against telling lies, says 'to gossip is to kill'

    Pope Francis warns against telling lies, says 'to gossip is to kill'


    Pope Francis warned: "Gossipers are terrorists because with their tongues they drop a bomb and then leave, and the bomb they drop destroys reputations...

    Pope Francis warned: "Gossipers are terrorists because with their tongues they drop a bomb and then leave, and the bomb they drop destroys reputations everywhere."
    Russian opposition chief Navalny goes to EU after ban

    Russian opposition chief Navalny goes to EU after ban


    Russian President Vladimir Putin's top critic posted a photo of himself and a border guard on social media at passport control, saying "this time everything was...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's top critic posted a photo of himself and a border guard on social media at passport control, saying "this time everything was OK."
    German health minister calls for faster adoption of biosimilar drugs

    German health minister calls for faster adoption of biosimilar drugs


    "Where there is a more affordable alternative at the same quality, we have to use it," Spahn, who is vying to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the centre-right Christian Democrat party, told daily...

    "Where there is a more affordable alternative at the same quality, we have to use it," Spahn, who is vying to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the centre-right Christian Democrat party, told daily Handelsblatt.
    Libya could hold elections next spring - Italy's foreign minister

    Libya could hold elections next spring - Italy's foreign minister


    Libya's two main rival leaders met for the first time in more than five months in Sicily on Tuesday and its prime minister endorsed a United Nations plan for an election next...

    Libya's two main rival leaders met for the first time in more than five months in Sicily on Tuesday and its prime minister endorsed a United Nations plan for an election next year.
    Russia blocks return of IS militants' families: Activist

    Russia blocks return of IS militants' families: Activist


    ​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...

    ​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.
    Pope Francis gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

    Pope Francis gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis


    Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a deputy, or adjunct secretary, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases...

    Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a deputy, or adjunct secretary, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally.
    Angela Merkel calls for a 'real, true' European army

    Angela Merkel calls for a 'real, true' European army


    "What is really important, if we look at the developments of the past year, is that we have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European army," Merkel told a session of European Parliament, drawing applause and some...

    "What is really important, if we look at the developments of the past year, is that we have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European army," Merkel told a session of European Parliament, drawing applause and some boos.
    You can't copyright taste, EU court says in setback for food industry

    You can't copyright taste, EU court says in setback for food industry


    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...

    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).
    This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update

    This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update


    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...

    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 voices concern about Chinese missiles

    Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg voices concern about Chinese missiles


    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...

    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.
    Opposition chief Alexei Navalny says barred from leaving Russia

    Opposition chief Alexei Navalny says barred from leaving Russia


    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was prevented from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling on whether his recent detentions have been politically...

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was prevented from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling on whether his recent detentions have been politically motivated.