Delhi's last elephants await marching orders

Asia Pacific Sep 27, 2018

Delhi's last elephants await marching orders

The mighty Heera marched through a crowded slum chewing bamboo, oblivious that freedom from life as one of Delhi's last six elephants at work in the polluted city could be just around the corner. After years of pressure from activists who accuse the animals' owners ...

Asia Pacific Aug 11, 2018

Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry

An 11-year-old child bride has returned to Thailand after widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official told AFP on Saturday. Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to wed with the permission of religious courts ...

First woman fined in Denmark for wearing niqab

World / Social Issues Aug 4, 2018

First woman fined in Denmark for wearing niqab

A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a controversial new law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported. Police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, in the northeastern region ...

World / Social Issues Jul 26, 2018

Somalia brings first prosecution for female genital mutilation

Somalia's Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir announced on Wednesday the country's first prosecution against female genital mutilation (FGM) following the death of a 10-year-old girl, an adviser to the government said. Ifrah Ahmed, who advises Somalia on gender issues, said the attorney general was sending ...

World Jul 1, 2018

Inuit hunting grounds get UNESCO World Heritage status

Inuit hunting grounds in the Arctic circle were given UNESCO World Heritage status on Saturday, the U.N. agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital, Manama. The Aasivissuit-Nipisat area, which lies at the heart of the largest ice-free area in Greenland, "is a cultural ...