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Women protest acquittal in Irish rape case by showing their underwear

Women protest acquittal in Irish rape case by showing their underwear

World
Women in Ireland and on social media are showing their underwear as a sign of protest over the acquittal in a rape case where the defense used the victim’s underwear as evidence of consent. On Nov. 6, a 27-year-old man who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was acquitted after his defense attorney showed the girl’s underwear as evidence, prompting hundreds of Irish women to take to the streets in protest over what they say is victim blaming. During the trial in Cork, Ireland, defense attorney Elizabeth O’Connell presented jurors with a lacy thong worn by the girl on the night of the alleged incident, according to The Irish Examiner. O’Connell asked jurors, “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was op...
Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

World
The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada.Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in great danger in Pakistan.The Supreme Court overturned Asia Bibi's conviction on Wednesday, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.Her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.On Saturday, her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life.Asia Noreen - commonly known as Asia Bibi - was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.Several countries have offered her asylum.What does her husband say?...
Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police 'search forest'

Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police 'search forest'

World
Police in Turkey investigating the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have expanded their search, reports say.Unnamed Turkish officials say his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland.Mr Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, where Turkish officials allege he was murdered. Saudi Arabia denies any knowledge of what happened to him.Samples taken from the Saudi consulate and the consul's residence during searches this week are being tested for a match with Mr Khashoggi's DNA. Separately, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly denied having listened to an audio recording Turke...
The case for and against gender quotas

The case for and against gender quotas

Finance
Why does the gender wage gap still exist? In Europe, gender quotas are old news. In 2003, Norway became the first country in the world to institute a gender quota for boards of directors, requiring listed companies to add female members to make up at least 40% of overall board representation. Other countries followed suit, including Belgium, France and Italy. But in the United States, companies are loathe to institute gender and diversity requirements for membership, even as representation numbers continue to lag. Margarethe Wiersema, professor of management at the University of California-Irvine, says the reason behind the hesitancy is very simple: Americans don't like being told what to do. "Europe is so far ahead of us. It's like we're in the Dark Ages on this," s...
Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

Technology
Google is going to Europe's top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally. The technology giant is set for a showdown at the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday with France's data privacy regulator over an order to remove search results worldwide upon request. The dispute pits data privacy concerns against the public's right to know, while also raising thorny questions about how to enforce differing legal jurisdictions when it comes to the borderless internet. The two sides will be seeking clarification on a 2015 decision by the French regulator requiring Google to remove results for all its search engines on request, and not just on European country sites like google.fr. Google decli...