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Women will hold nine of 21 seats in the state Senate, falling short of a majority in that chamber. But they will hold 23 of 42 seats in the assembly, comprising 55 per cent in that chamber and giving women enough numbers to make the two chambers an overall female majority. No state has previously had a female-majority or even a 50% female Legislature.
It was cheaper hard coal from abroad, not environmental concerns, that sounded the death knell for the Prosper-Haniel colliery near the western town of Bottrop. For the remaining 1,500 workers of the 150-year-old mine, the final shift promises to be an emotional one, culminating in a ceremony to be attended by President and EU Commission chief.
More than a year after the Islamic State group's ouster, the Iraqi city is flaunting its more fabulous side. The residents are now indulging in plastic surgeries to zap away a scar or a burn, implants for a bald spot, whiten teeth and beauticians. The average hair implant procedure costs around $800, including the follow-up after the operation.
An Auckland court granted a man interim name suppression this month but Google revealed his identity in an email to subscribers of its "what's trending in New Zealand?" service. While Google has argued the breach was inadvertent and it was unaware of the court order when the automatically generated email went out. The Justice minister said that was not good enough.
It was a surprising twist given public popular support in the Americas' only one-party Communist regime.The measure would have changed the definition of parties in a marriage from man and wife to "between two people." The marriage issue was discussed the most in the draft constitution which is why committee decided to defer the definition of marriage.
A referendum to legalise cannabis for recreational use was among the promises made by PM Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party. The Cabinet decided that the referendum will be held at the 2020 general election. A "yes" vote would make New Zealand the first Asia Pacific country to allow recreational use of marijuana in a region where it is widely prohibited.
At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing their jobs in 2018, RSF said, a 15% increase on last year. The number of fatalities rises to 80 when including all media workers and citizen journalists. The Paris-based body said that the three most dangerous countries for journalists to work in were Afghanistan, Syria and Mexico.
Separately, a judge hearing a sentencing case against Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn virtually accused him of treason, saying ''Arguably you sold your country out.'' The observation came hours after Trump tweeted out his ''good luck'' to Flynn, a message some construed as ''witness tampering'' and ''supporting a felon.''
The US and the Taliban have previously met on at least two occasions in Qatar but it is the first time that they are holding talks outside Doha, where the insurgent group has a political office, according to officials. Khan highlighted the role being played by Pakistan in holding the talks between the US and the Taliban in Abu Dhabi.