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Sweden approves new law recognising sex without consent as rape

Sweden on Wednesday outlawed sex not based on mutual consent, with campaigners hoping other European countries would also toughen up rape legislation after the #MeToo anti-harassment campaign.<p>With the new law, Sweden will join a small number of countries, including Britain and Canada, where the …

Amnesty International

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Sport<p>World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin's VIP box at next month's World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect …

Journalism

The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave

The latest, dreadful suicide bombings in Kabul and Kandahar, which killed more than 50 people on Monday, have again focused attention on the continuing failure of American-led efforts to stabilise the country. After 16 years of conflict, critics say, the US is in a triple bind: it cannot win the …

Afghanistan

UK ‘could legalise cannabis in five years’, experts believe

<b>The UK could legalise cannabis recreationally within five years, experts in the industry believe.</b><p>It seems like a very quick turnaround to reform drug …

Cannabis

A new terrorist group is popping up in Syria and capitalizing on ISIS' defeat

With up to 90% of its territory lost, ISIS appears effectively defeated as a conventional foe. But while the black flag of ISIS is being lowered, another may soon take its place — the white flag of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.<p>A new report in the Wall Street Journal details HTS' rise as it consolidates …

Three Kansas Men Found Guilty Of Bomb Plot Targeting Somali Muslim Immigrants

Three Kansas men were convicted Wednesday of plotting to bomb an apartment complex where Somali immigrants lived and worshiped in Garden City, following a four-week trial in Wichita.<p>Just a day after beginning deliberations, a federal jury found Curtis Allen, 50; Gavin Wright, 49; and Patrick Eugene …

Crime

Journalist dies in 'balcony fall' weeks after story on Russian mercenaries 'killed in US airstrikes in Syria'

A journalist has been found dead weeks after exposing that Russian mercenaries have died fighting for Assad in Syria.<p>Maksim Borodin, 32, was found …

The Latest: Afghan official says sticky bomb destroys tanker

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on a Taliban attack in Afghanistan (all times local):<p>5:40 p.m.<p>A district governor in Afghanistan's Parwan …

Afghanistan

Man stabbed at east London train station during rush hour

A man is being treated for injuries after being stabbed at a busy east London station during the morning rush hour, police have said.<p>British Transport Police said officers were called to Stratford International station at 9am on Wednesday after reports of a serious assault.<p>The victim was found on …

England

A Lesson for NATO From Ukraine: In a War With Russia, Smartphones Might Be the Safest Way to Communicate

KYIV, Ukraine—After four years of constant combat against Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops have learned the …

Former U.S. Army Sniper, 2 Other Soldiers Accused of Becoming International Hitmen

(NEW YORK) — A former U.S. Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers agreed to become contract killers for an international crime boss who …

Vladimir Putin Gave the Order for a Passenger Plane to Be Shot Down in 2014

A passenger plane reported to be carrying a bomb to target the opening of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was ordered to be shot down by Russian …

Russia

Iraq's Shi'ite militias formally inducted into security forces | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree on Thursday formalizing the inclusion of Shi’ite paramilitary groups in the country’s security forces.<p>Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) march during a military parade in Daquq, nearby Kirkuk, Iraq August 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ako …

Middle East

Russian state TV warns 'traitors' not to settle in England

After Salisbury poisoning, host says there have been ‘too many strange incidents’ in recent years<p>Russian state television has warned “traitors” and Kremlin critics that they should not settle in England because of an increased risk of dying in mysterious circumstances.<p>“Don’t choose England as a …

Russia

Handwritten terror attack plot of Isis-inspired recruiter who planned to create child army

<b>An Islamic State-inspired recruiter who wanted to build a child army of jihadis is facing jail.</b><p>Umar Haque, 25, planned to use guns and a car packed …

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World<p>US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that "missiles will be coming" in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria, defying Russian …

U.S. Has Been Secretly Watching Russia's Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missiles Crash and Burn

Successful or not, if Russia is test flying these weapons, this means it has been repeatedly crashing nuclear reactors into the ground or the …

Nuclear Energy

English barristers trained to be less pompous in bid to win over wealthy international clients

English barristers are being trained to come across as less pompous in social situations in a bid to win over wealthy international clients.<p>Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, has held training sessions teaching members how to “work a room” and to listen in conversation rather than …

Self-employment

Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a 'whites-only state', says UK's former chief diplomat

Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a “whites-only state”, it has been reported.<p>The former head of the Diplomatic Service, Sir Patrick …

South Africa

Venomous spider alert after man bought bananas from supermarket in Birmingham

A customer believed he'd found a deadly, venomous Brazilian spider in his Asda bananas.<p><b>UPDATE at 18:00 on January 22:</b> <i>The RSPCA believes the initial</i> …

Pope Francis Accuses Bishop's Critics Of Slander, Riling Sex Abuse Victims In Chile

Pope Francis has accused victims of sexual abuse in Chile of slander, saying their attacks on a bishop who's accused of covering up the abuse amount to "calumny." The remarks triggered anger and demonstrations in Chile, where several churches have been firebombed in the past week.<p>On the last day of …

Pope Francis

US signals deeper commitment in Syria

American troops will be staying in Syria for the foreseeable future to prevent a resurgence of Islamic State militants, curtail Iran's influence and help pave the way to democracy, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday (January 18).<p>Tillerson said remaining in Syria would help ensure …

Childhood bullying linked to suicide risk for teens

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents who experienced severe bullying by their peers earlier in childhood may be more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts than teens who weren’t routinely victimized by other kids, a Canadian study suggests.<p>Researchers examined data on 1,363 …

Teens

Islamic State group releases 1st video of Somalia fighters

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group that monitors extremist organizations says the Islamic State group has posted what is thought to be the first video from …

Africa

Global homicide rate rises for first time in more than a decade

The global homicide rate rose last year for the first time in more than a decade, with marked increases in Venezuela and Jamaica, a study has shown.<p>Do you know the state of your country? Take the test, as poll reveals perception gap<p>Read more<p>The Small Arms Survey report, published on Thursday, …

South Africa

Commander of Taliban Special Forces 'Red Unit' Killed in Afghanistan

The commander of the Taliban's "special forces" branch, known as the "Red Unit," was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according …

More Americans Believe Bill Clinton is Guilty of Sexual Misconduct Than Donald Trump or Harvey Weinstein

More Americans believe sexual misconduct allegations made against former President Bill Clinton than those leveled at Donald Trump or Harvey …

Scientists Just Made Semi-Artificial Life by Tinkering With DNA

The alphabet of life may have just been expanded, thanks to a group of scientists in California.<p>As outlined in a paper published in <i>Nature</i>, …

What Is the Taliban's 'Red Unit'? Jihadi Special Forces Are Using Russian, U.S. Tech for Attacks

It was called the “Caravan of Heroes.” The video opens with the silhouettes of commandos—guns cocked—appearing over a hill, a sunrise in the …

Nigerian Slaves Have Organs Harvested, Bodies Mutilated and Are Set on Fire, Horrifying Pictures Claim

<i>Update</i> | A burned corpse hanging upside down. Three men standing side by side with scars covering the wounds from their stolen internal organs. Human …