COLOMBO (AFP) - A Sri LankanBuddhist monk long accused of fanning sectarian hatred will head a new task force on legal reforms in the ethnically and religiously fractured nation, according to a government announcement ...There are no women on the committee ... Many of the countries special family laws are heavily patriarchal and disadvantage women ... � ....
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s security operation in Afghanistan became a victim of “mission creep” as the military organization allowed itself to be dragged into helping rebuild the impoverished, conflict-torn country, the official leading a process of drawing lessons from the mission said on Wednesday ... “The insurgency was still gaining strength ... 1.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon speaks to reporters at the US Capitol. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon unveiled a plan to hit 700 American billionaires with new taxes. Billionaires like Musk and Zuckerberg would pay tens of billions in taxes if it's implemented ... The plan was authored by Sen ... "I'm anxious to look at it," Sen ... ....
Alec Baldwin was handed a gun with a live round in it on a film set in New Mexico, the local sheriff has said. The actor accidentally shot dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded the film's director Joel Souza on Thursday ... .
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The United States has appealed against a British judge’s decision to block the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges because of concerns over his mental health ... “We maintain that the district judge was wrong to come to the conclusion she did,” said James Lewis, a lawyer for the US government ... “He is very thin ... .
The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Islamic State in Afghanistan could have the capability to attack the United States in as little as six months, and has the intention to do so, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Tuesday ... pullout thwarted by suicide bombings and other attacks claimed by Islamic State ... withdrawal in August ... .
CHICAGO (AP) — For three weeks in 2010, they did nothing. That's how long it took for the leadership of the Chicago Blackhawks to act on allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player. Three weeks. Three weeks that — more than a decade later — rocked a once-proud franchise and raised more questions about the culture of sports ... ———.
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As the world prepares for the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, the stakes have never been higher. The IPCC report, which confirms that the planet is imminently on course for global warming in the next two decades, has demonstrated that the world needs an urgent and comprehensive shift in energy thinking ... A clear pathway. This pathway is clear ... .
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union founding member Belgium warned Poland on Wednesday not to treat the EU like “a cash machine” to boost its economic fortunes while disregarding its democratic and rule of law principles at will ... The comments follow years of disputes over changes Poland’s government has made to the country’s courts ... ADVERTISEMENT ... .
The police officer who murdered SarahEverard has lodged an appeal to reduce the length of his jail sentence. Wayne Couzens was handed a whole-life tariff in September after kidnapping, raping and murdering the 33-year-old ... A Court of Appeal official said on Wednesday ... Sarah Everard ... The judge said ... .
More than 30 instances of violence and threats of violence against Afghan journalists were recorded in the last two months, with nearly 90% committed by the Taliban a media watchdog said Wednesday ... One journalist was killed ... .