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Journalists speak out against flotilla ordeal at hands of Israel

Mohamed El BakkaliTwo Al Jazeera journalists have spoken out after Israeli navy forces assaulted and abducted them while covering the 'Freedom Flotilla III' heading to Gaza.

Mohamed El Bakkali, Al Jazeera’s reporter accompanying the flotilla, said that the attack on the ship occurred in international waters, which is an act of piracy and a violation of international law.

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Human Rights Council to adopt resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

End young BridesChild marriage holds back 15 million girls a year, denying them fundamental rights and undermining their future. This resolution is key to ensuring that we speed up progress towards ending child marriage. If there is no reduction in child marriage, 1.2 billion girls will marry as children by 2050.

Malawi marketer Unyolo launches girl hygiene initiative

Thoko UnyoloMarketer Thoko Unyolo has launched GirlsTime, an initiative that aims to keep girls in school by improving their access to menstrual hygiene.

Unyolo will launch her advocacy with a Fund-Raising tea at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

“Unequal and inadequate coverage and access to menstrual hygiene keeps girls away from school. Many girls from underprivileged background fail to attend classes regularly due to lack of sanitary pads. This initiative aims to raise funds for supplying this vital girl need,” she said.

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Congo-Brazzaville: Mass deportations of DRC nationals may amount to crimes against humanity

Congo-Brazzaville: Mass deportations Police violence, persecution, arbitrary detentions and rape amid a security operation to deport tens of thousands of DR Congo nationals from Congo-Brazzaville last year were part of widespread attacks that could amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

 

The organization calls for a halt of all current plans of mass expulsions of foreign nationals from the Republic of Congo and for all of those unlawfully expelled to be allowed to return, if they so desire.

USA Supreme Court rules states must allow same-sex marriage

Obama Supports same sex marriageWashington (CNN): In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable.

The 5-4 ruling had Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority with the four liberal justices. Each of the four conservative justices wrote their own dissent.

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