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Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after protests

Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after protests

Technology
Google is rewriting its policies on workplace sexual harassment following a staff walkout over its perceived failings to tackle abuses. Last week, Google employees at offices around the world staged a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures.In a letter sent to all employees, the company's chief executive Sundar Pichai said Google was updating its rules, including introducing a drinking limit for staff."Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse," Mr Pichai wrote."But one of the most common factors among the harassment complaints made today at Google is that the perpetrator had been drinking." Image: Google is rewriting its sexual...
Protests delay release of 'blasphemous' Christian woman

Protests delay release of 'blasphemous' Christian woman

World
The release of a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy has been delayed. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a dispute with her neighbours.The mother-of-three, 47, has always maintained her innocence - but has spent the majority of the past eight years in solitary confinement.Her release was delayed following protests by radical Islamists, who want her publicly hanged, and failed talks between them and the government. Image: Asia Bibi denies the charge but has spent years in solitary confinement A lawyer representing a local cleric who had raised the initial blasphemy charges against Ms Bibi petitione...
Child among three Palestinians killed in Gaza protests

Child among three Palestinians killed in Gaza protests

World
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Three Palestinians, including one child, died Friday during regular weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border, the Gaza Ministry of Health said. Israel Defense Forces said a "mob" of about 20,000 Gazans were burning tires, throwing bombs and grenades, and attempting to break through the border fence. The IDF accused 10 "armed terrorists" of breaching the fence before being stopped. "In response, an IDF aircraft carried out two strikes in Gaza," the IDF said. Israel's Haaretz reported that among the three Palestinians killed was a boy. Gaza's Health Ministry identified the dead as Faras Assarsawei, 12, Mahmud Abu Sma'an, 24, and Hussein Fathi Arkab, 28. Another 376 were injured from live bullets, rubber-coated steel rounds or tear gas. Palestinian news agency WAFA said seve...
Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

World
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Demonstrators clashed with police on Friday as an anti-government protest in Romania's capital, Bucharest, turned violent. Tens of thousands showed up for the rally, which called on Romanians living abroad to return home to protest what they say is a corrupt government. Chief complaints among the demonstrators are legislative changes that many say will weaken the rule of law. "We want democracy and laws that defend citizens, not politicians," Moise Maracine, a protester who flew from Britain, where he lives and owns a business, told The New York Times. As angry crowds shouted for government officials to resign, demonstrators clashed with officials. Some threw bottles and rocks at the police, prompting law enforcement to fire tear gas into the crowd. More than 240 people ...
Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

World
July 27 (UPI) -- Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops Friday at the Gaza border left at least two dead and hundreds more injured, the Gaza health ministry said. The ministry identified the dead as Yassin Tahsin Abu Armana, 14, and Razi Abu Mustafa, 43, both killed by Israeli gunfire. Israel Defense Forces said Palestinian protesters opened fire on Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip. Others threw stones, tear gas canisters or burning tires. "No injuries were reported. In response, an IDF aircraft targeted an observation post in the northern Gaza Strip," the IDF said on Twitter. The Gaza health ministry said about 264 Palestinians sustained injuries Friday, 90 by live fire. Eleven people were in serious condition. The protests were part of the Great March of R...