Mathew McMaster

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Louisiana Wants Women to Wait 30 Days Before Having an Abortion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Earlier this month, Americans United for Life ranked Louisiana as 2013's No. 1 pro-life state …

Malala Yousafzai memoir launch scrapped in Pakistan

Politicians accused of blocking promotion of I Am Malala, the autobiography by schoolgirl who survived Taliban shooting<p>An attempt to launch the memoir of the Pakistani schoolgirl who became a global icon after being shot in the head by the Taliban in her home province has been scuppered by …

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of a strain of bacteria that caused one of the most deadly pandemics in history nearly 1,500 years ago.<p>They did it by finding the skeletons of people killed by the plague and extracting DNA from traces of blood inside their teeth.<p>This plague struck in …

No end in sight for Lebanon polarisation | Israel

The news was daunting and threatened to further enlarge the gulf that separated various communities in this small but increasingly fragile country. On Saturday January 25, "Al-Nusrah Front in Lebanon" issued a warning to Sunnis to avoid Hezbollah-dominated areas, ostensibly to protect them from …

Asha Mirje, Indian Politician, Says Women Invite Rape With Their Clothes, Behavior

NEW DELHI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - An Indian female politician and activist has said rape victims may have invited attacks by their clothes and behaviour, fuelling a national debate over a series of incidents of sexual violence against women.<p>Asha Mirje, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in …

'Nobody thinks I'd dare show my face here' – inside a Nigerian sharia court

New legislation has increased homophobia – and in the state of Bauchi, led to a court being mobbed by anti-gay protesters<p>The man who threw the first stone was a taxi driver, his skinny shoulders poking through a faded red football shirt. He hurled a rock with such force it splintered as it crashed …

Nigeria's Gay Trials Suspended Over Mob Violence Fears

Two Islamic courts in Nigeria have been forced to suspend the trials of 10 men accused of homosexuality because of fears of mob violence, judges and officials have said.<p>An angry crowd last week pelted stones at seven men suspected of breaking Islamic law banning homosexuality after their hearing …

Australia blasts Snowden over 'treachery'

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has accused Edward Snowden of "unprecedented treachery" for his leaks about secret government surveillance.<p>Documents provided by the former National Security Agency analyst, which alleged Australia bugged the phone of the Indonesian president, have …

Pakistan sentences man to death for blasphemy

A 65-year-old British national faces the death penalty in Pakistan after a court in Rawalpindi found him guilty of blasphemy.<p>Mohammed Asghar, who was sentenced on Friday, was arrested in Sadiqabad in 2010 for writing letters claiming to be a prophet.<p>Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, …

US bank chief gets $20m despite $20bn fines

The head of JP Morgan saw his personal income rise 74 percent to $20m in 2013, despite the US bank paying $20bn in fines for its part in the 2008 recession.<p>Jamie Dimon, the chairman and chief executive of JP Morgan, earned a base salary of $1.5m and a further $18.5m in shares, the company said in a …

Muslim rebels sign Philippine peace deal

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have announced that they had cleared the last hurdle in long-running peace negotiations, paving the way to end a deadly decades-old insurgency in the country's south.<p>Negotiators of both sides said Saturday marked the conclusion of years of peace talks …

The General Who Opened Gitmo Says It Should Be Shut Down

By Jane Sutton<p>MIAMI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and should be shut down because "it validates every negative perception of the United States."<p>"In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong," …

Air strike in Yemen kills 15 wedding guests mistaken for al-Qaida – officials

Security officials report wedding convoy in al-Bayda province hit by strike from what tribal and local sources say was US drone<p>Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al-Qaida convoy, local security officials said on …

Father refused access to daughter despite 82 court orders

A father, described as "unimpeachable" by judges has told of his 12 year battle to see his teenage daughter, where he has been refused access despite 82 court orders allowing him to see her<p>A father who has spent 12 years and £100,000 battling to see his daughter is to face more months of delays …